TRADE DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1999.
Assessment of the history of the bill signed by President Clinton in 2000, known as the African Growth & Development Act. Discusses debate over the Bill between the U.S. & Africa. Intentions, economic issues & concerns on both sides. U.S. foreign policy as articulated by then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Trade with Africa and U.S. jobs. Objections and various Amendments to the orginal Bill.
On May 18, 2000, the Trade Development Act of 1999 was signed by President Clinton, having made its way through the House of Representatives and the... more
On May 18, 2000, the Trade Development Act of 1999 was signed by President Clinton, having made its way through the House of Representatives and the Senate. Initially known as the “African Growth and “Opportunity Act(H.R. 434), the bill had been approved by the House with amendments on July 15 of 1999. In the Senate, a comparable bill, S. 1387 (known as the “African Growth and Opportunity Act), had been approved by the Finance Committee as an amended package of trade bills. The Senate’s version of H.R. 434 differed substantially from that which existed in the House, as the amended bill included trade benefits for the Caribbean Basin, reauthorization of the Generalized System of Preferences program, and several other trade-related provisions. This complicated process experienced several twists and turns, luring many prominent players in