Office of Advisory Committees
The primary source for outreach to the private sector on trade issues that cut across all sectors of the U.S. economy
The Office of Advisory Committees (OAC) ensures that private sector views are known and considered in the formulation and implementation of trade policies and programs. The OAC also provides ITA with a source of cross-sectoral, technical advice, a forum for advancing Manufacturing and Services, ITA, and the Administration’s broader trade objectives, as well as a window to the changing trade environment. The OAC manages both the administrative and substantive aspects of advisory committee work, including membership recruitment and processing, developing operational procedures, identifying issues, implementing committee projects, planning meetings and events, coordinating government involvement, and developing responses and actions resulting from advisory committee activities. OAC is made up by housing four advisory committees, which include:
- President’s Export Council (PEC)
- Industry Trade Advisory Center (ITAC)
- The Manufacturing Council (MC)
- Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB)
- Investment Advisory Council (IAC)
- President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA)
all of these committees have a unique role within the International Trade Administration (ITA)
Advises the President on the full range of trade and export matters, building consensus at the highest levels and promoting the benefits of exporting to all segments of the U.S. economy.
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) jointly administer the program, which includes sixteen Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs), a Committee of Chairs, and over 375 industry representatives. In the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, Congress ensured that U.S. trade negotiators were consulting with the private sector during trade negotiations and that industry has a voice in U.S. trade policy formulation.
Advises the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect the United States manufacturing sector, and provides a forum for discussing and proposing solutions to industry-related problems.
Advises the Secretary of Commerce on the development, creation and implementation of a national tourism strategy. The Board focused their efforts in year one of the program on the International Promotion Campaign in the United Kingdom, the United States’ largest overseas market. The campaign was largely successful, and year two of the campaign focuses on the United Kingdom and Japan.
Advises the Secretary of Commerce on the development and implementation of strategies and programs to attract and retain foreign direct investment in the United States and on ways to support the United States remaining the world's preeminent recipient of foreign direct investment.
Advises the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on ways to strengthen commercial engagement between the United States and Africa. The Council provides information, analysis and recommendations to the President on developing strategies for creating jobs in the United States and Africa through trade and investment.
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