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Presidential Memoranda -- Trade Act of 1974 South Sudan

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

In accordance with section 502(f)(1)(A) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the "1974 Act") (19 U.S.C. 2462(f)(1)(A)), I am notifying the Congress of my intent to add the Republic of South Sudan (South Sudan) to the list of beneficiary developing countries under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.  South Sudan became an independent nation on July 9, 2011.  After considering the criteria set forth in section 502(c) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)), I have determined that South Sudan should be designated as a GSP beneficiary developing country.

In addition, in accordance with section 502(f)(1)(B) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2462(f)(1)(B)), I am providing notification of my intent to add South Sudan to the list of least developed beneficiary countries under the GSP program.  After considering the criteria set forth in section 502(c) of the 1974 Act, I have determined that it is appropriate to extend least developed beneficiary developing country benefits to South Sudan.

BARACK OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 26, 2012.

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