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Cooperating, not competing, in Africa: a case for Transatlantic rapprochement

Cooperating, not competing, in Africa: a case for...

With the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum ending in Washington this week and the European Parliament approving further trade agreements with six African states earlier this month, the apparent race for African trade...

07 October 2016 | Frank Samolis and Stacy Swanson
US and Africa to make trade history - US govt official

US and Africa to make trade history - US govt official

In July, US President Barack Obama visited Africa and shared an important message at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi and at the African Union in Addis Ababa. He said: "As Africa changes, I’ve called on the world to change...

16 September 2015 | STEFAN SELIG
EAC push for long-term trade pact with US to replace AGOA

EAC push for long-term trade pact with US to replace AGOA

The East African Community is pushing for a long-term preferential trade agreement with the United States that will remove uncertainties surrounding the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The five member states have submitted...

07 September 2015
East Africa: Technical officials discuss EAC-US trade and investment partnership in Bujumbura

East Africa: Technical officials discuss EAC-US trade and...

Technical Officials from the East African Community (EAC) and the United States (U.S.) met 12 to 15 February 2014 in Bujumbura, Burundi to discuss Trade Africa and the EAC - U.S. Trade and Investment Partnership (TIP). In particular, the...

17 February 2014 | Owora Richard Othieno
How the ECOWAS-EU EPA could affect AGOA

How the ECOWAS-EU EPA could affect AGOA

In what could be a 'breakthrough' for both the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union (EU), the EU announced that "the two entities reached a deal at the level of senior officials on EPAs, more than a...

14 February 2014 | Dennis Matanda and Stephen Lande
US plans to deepen ties with Gambia

US plans to deepen ties with Gambia

The United States charge d'affaires to The Gambia has assured that his country will continue to seek ways to work together with the latter, extend cooperation and deepen ties, saying the two countries have been partners since...

02 December 2013 | OMAR WALLY
What we know and don't know about trade with Africa

What we know and don't know about trade with Africa

On September 30, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman wrote a letter to Irving Williamson, chairman of the International Trade Commission, regarding the African Growth and Opportunity Act. In the letter, Froman requested...

18 November 2013 | STEPHEN HAYES
Congress should pave the way for a US–Africa Free Trade Agreement - Report

Congress should pave the way for a US–Africa Free Trade...

Since 2000, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has contributed to more than doubling trade with AGOA-eligible countries. The countries of sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly viable economic partners that deserve focused...

19 August 2013 | B.Schaefer, A.Kim and C Florance
East Africa: Obama's deal to double East African Community trade

East Africa: Obama's deal to double East African...

President Barrack Obama of the United States recently launched a project dubbed 'Trade Africa' aimed at doubling intra-regional trade in the five partner states of the East African Community (EAC). The project will hopefully see EAC...

05 August 2013 | DAVID MUWANGA
Tanzania: Obama launches major African trade initiative

Tanzania: Obama launches major African trade initiative

President Obama on July 1 launched a major trade partnership between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa aimed at expanding trade. Obama told a meeting of 22 chief executive officers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that "Trade Africa"...

02 July 2013 | United States Department of State
Obama sets out vision of US-Africa partnership

Obama sets out vision of US-Africa partnership

US President Barack Obama on Sunday night used the keynote address of his visit to the University of Cape Town to set out a vision for a new partnership with Africa that would include, in the immediate term, a large US investment in...

01 July 2013 | CAROL PATON
Malawi, US seek to boost bilateral trade, investment

Malawi, US seek to boost bilateral trade, investment

Acting U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Demetrios Marantis met March 29 with Malawi President Joyce Banda in Washington for discussions of how both governments can stimulate two-way trade and investment, strengthen Malawi's business...

01 April 2013
TIFA will help ease trade in West Africa

TIFA will help ease trade in West Africa

The Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) that is being considered by the US Government with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will help goods move more easily and faster within the sub-region, Sam Ntum, a...

08 March 2013 | Bernard Yaw ASHIADEY
Behind the times: Washington's slow changing attitude to Africa

Behind the times: Washington's slow changing attitude to...

Africa's international relationships are increasingly hinged on trade and investment rather than strategic security and aid, but attitudes in Washington are slow to change. While many Africans were celebrating President Barack Obama's...

16 January 2013 | This is Africa
The future of AGOA and US-Africa trade

The future of AGOA and US-Africa trade

At a time when the US was struggling to stay on its two feet in the heat of a looming economic meltdown in 2008, were hopes of better trade deals with Africa unrealistic when President Barack Obama was elected into office? Despite the...

05 January 2013 | The Africa Report
White House fact sheet on 'New Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa'

White House fact sheet on 'New Strategy Toward...

Today the White House announced a new U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa that provides a proactive and forward looking vision grounded in partnership. The new strategy sets forth four strategic objectives, as described...

14 June 2012 | iipdigital
United States concludes review of model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT)

United States concludes review of model Bilateral...

Today, the US Department of State and the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced the conclusion of the Administration's review of the United States' model bilateral investment treaty (BIT) and the release of the...

21 April 2012 | Office of the Spokesperson
Mozambique and the United States negotiate new trade and investment framework agreement

Mozambique and the United States negotiate new trade and...

A delegation of the United States government is visiting Maputo until Friday in order to carry out the revision of the United States-Mozambique Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), according to a report in Mozambican...

18 January 2012
US launches trade talks with East African Community (EAC)

US launches trade talks with East African Community (EAC)

The United States launched exploratory discussions during a November 4 meeting with the East African Community (EAC) in Arusha on a potential new trade and investment partnership. Alfonso Lenhardt, the U.S. ambassador to Tanzania, who...

07 November 2011 | US Embassy Media (IIPDigital)
US-South Africa negotiations for a FTA will prove challenging

US-South Africa negotiations for a FTA will prove...

Although South Africa is eligible for special benefits under the 1999 US Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), South Africa's clothing exports to the US were increasing more rapidly before AGOA than after AGOA, University of Cape...

09 September 2003