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Committee NamePresident's Advisory Council on Doing Business in AfricaAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number2515
Original Establishment Date11/4/2015Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*26
Current Charter Date9/30/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter9/30/2019Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Giancarlo
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Cavallo
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*E.O. 13811Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-482-2091
Effective Date Of Authority*9/29/2017Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-482-4452
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Advisory Council provides information, analysis, and recommendations to the President that address the following, in addition to other topics deemed relevant by the President, the Secretary of Commerce, or the Advisory Council: (i) creating jobs in the United States and Africa through trade and investment; (ii) developing strategies by which the U.S. private sector can identify and take advantage of trade and investment opportunities in Africa; (iii) building lasting commercial partnerships between the U.S. and African private sectors; (iv) facilitating U.S. business participation in Africa’s infrastructure development; (v) contributing to the growth and improvement of Africa’s agricultural sector by encouraging partnerships between U.S. and African companies to bring innovative agricultural technologies to Africa; (vi) making available to the U.S. private sector an accurate understanding of the opportunities presented for increasing trade with and investment in Africa; (vii) developing and strengthening partnerships and other mechanisms to increase U.S. public and private sector financing of trade with and investment in Africa; (viii) analyzing the effect of policies in the United States and Africa on U.S. trade and investment interests in Africa; (ix) identifying other means to expand commercial ties between the United States and Africa; and (x) building the capacity of Africa’s young entrepreneurs to develop trade and investment ties with U.S. partners.
How is membership balanced?*The Secretary of Commerce appoints private-sector corporate members in consultation with the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee. All members represent U.S. companies and their sectors. The ITA Office of Advisory Committees and Industry Outreach has prepared a Membership Balance Plan for the Advisory Council for consideration by the Secretary in making appointments. Considerations when making appointments will include points of view; geographic diversity; diversity in size of company to be represented; demographics; and industry sector, including representation of infrastructure, agriculture, consumer goods, banking, services, and other industries. The Advisory Council shall be broadly representative of the key industries with business interests in the work of the Advisory Council. Appointments to the Advisory Council shall be made without regard to political affiliation.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Advisory Council shall meet approximately twice a year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Advisory Council is needed to advise the President on strengthening commercial engagement between the United States and Africa, with a focus on advancing the President’s Doing Business in Africa Campaign as described in the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa of June 14, 2012.
Why close or partially close meetings?Not Applicable
Recommendation RemarksGSA could not complete the FY18 Annual Comprehensive Review for this committee.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*53Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentTwo recommendation reports were produced by the Council in FY18, the second charter term, which amounted to a total of 32 recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*6.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNot ApplicableAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*34.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNot ApplicableAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNot Applicable
Agency Feedback CommentDuring development of recommendations, the Council consults the Doing Business in Africa inter-agency for feedback, and upon adoption of recommendations, inter-agency representatives provide in-person updates on ongoing initiatives and planned actions to implement the recommendations.Narrative Description*The President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa held two meetings in FY 2017. On February 28, the Council met to adopt its introductory letter to the President in which it outlined top priorities of U.S. business in Africa. And on August 22, the Council met to receive formal tasking from the Secretary of Commerce, on behalf of the President, on analysis and recommendations requested that will help enable U.S. companies to overcome obstacles to approaching, competing, and operating in African markets.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001351President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa2017
 COM-002957President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa2016
 COM-003487President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa2015
 COM-034318President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa2018