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The AGOA.info archives contain a wide and growing selection of documents available for download. These are categorised under the ‘Legal’ (AGOA legislation, Bills, certificates, proclamations), ‘Documents and Reports’ (mainly annual US trade reports) , ‘Research Documents’ (academic and other) and ‘General Documents’ (all others downloads).
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2012 US strategy towards Sub-Saharan Africa

2012 US strategy towards Sub-Saharan Africa

US strategy towards SSA - as announced on 14 June 2012 during the 2012 US-Africa AGOA Forum held in Washington.
Author The White House, Washington
Organisation The White House, Washington
Publish Date 27 June 2012
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Findings into the commercial availability of denim fabric under AGOA

Findings into the commercial availability of denim fabric under AGOA

The Commission's determinations on denim fabric and estimates of the amount of regional African denim fabric that will be available during the 12-month period beginning October 1, 2007, for use in less developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African...
Author USITC
Organisation USITC
Publish Date 12 September 2007
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Guide to the US Miscellaneous Trade Bill process

Guide to the US Miscellaneous Trade Bill process

Short explanatory guide to the legislative process of United States Miscellaneous Trade Bills.
Author US Ways and Means Committee
Organisation US Ways and Means Committee
Publish Date 15 April 2008
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Factors affecting trade patterns of selected industries

Sub-Saharan Africa: Factors affecting trade patterns of selected industries

First annual report by the USITC examining factors that affected trade patterns in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) during 2001–05. Twelve industries are discussed: nuts (primarily cashews), cocoa butter and paste, cut flowers, prepared and preserved...
Author United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Organisation United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Publish Date 12 April 2007
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AGOA Trade Facts - April 2006

AGOA Trade Facts - April 2006

Factsheet published by the USTR on recent US-Africa trade under AGOA.
Author United States Trade Representative
Organisation United States Trade Representative
Publish Date 07 April 2006
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2005 AGOA Competitiveness Report

2005 AGOA Competitiveness Report

New 156-page AGOA Competitiveness Report by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). This report, which covers each of 37 AGOA beneficiary countries (at the time), provides an assessment on potential export growth sectors,...
Author Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)
Organisation Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)
Publish Date 19 July 2005
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Textiles and Apparel: Assessment of the competitiveness of certain foreign suppliers to the US (2004)

Textiles and Apparel: Assessment of the competitiveness of certain foreign suppliers to the US (2004)

USITC report (declassified in January 2004) assessing the competitiveness of various textile and apparel supply-countries to the US market. As requested by the USTR, the report assesses the textile and apparel industries of certain foreign...
Author United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Organisation United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Publish Date 06 January 2004
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2003 Assessment of the competitiveness of textiles and apparel suppliers to the US market (Executive Summary)

2003 Assessment of the competitiveness of textiles and apparel suppliers to the US market (Executive Summary)

This is the 10-page executive summary of a report assessing the competitiveness of various textile and apparel supply-countries to the US market. A full version of this recently declassified report is also available for download elsewhere on this...
Author United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Organisation United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Publish Date 26 June 2003
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2003 Testimony on AGOA by the Corporate Council on Africa

2003 Testimony on AGOA by the Corporate Council on Africa

Transcript of testimony on AGOA by the president of the Corporate Council on Africa to the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Author Stephen Hayes, President, CCA
Organisation Corporate Council on Africa
Publish Date 26 June 2003
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2005 Comprehensive Report on US Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

2005 Comprehensive Report on US Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

This is the 5th annual report on US trade and investment with Africa. The current report provides an update for 2003 on U.S.-SSA trade and investment flows in major sectors; information on AGOA; a discussion of major developments in trade and...
Author United States International Trade Commission
Organisation United States Trade Representative (USTR)
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2005 Annual Report: Executive Summary

2005 Annual Report: Executive Summary

Executive Summary of the annual trade and investment report, published December 2004. (Publication 3741)
Author USITC
Organisation United States International Trade Commission
Publish Date 09 December 2004
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act: A preliminary assessment - UNCTAD (2003)

The African Growth and Opportunity Act: A preliminary assessment - UNCTAD (2003)

A report prepared for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. "The programme's duty-free benefits appear to offer only a slight improvement over the status quo for most African exports," says the report. Nonetheless, AGOA appears...
Author Craig VanGrasstek (commissioned)
Organisation UNCTAD
Publish Date 08 April 2003
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2003 Comprehensive Report on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

2003 Comprehensive Report on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

This is the third of eight annual reports published by the Office of the US Trade Representative on Trade and Investment under AGOA. It provides chapters entitled 'Economic and Trade Overview', 'Trade capacity Building', 'Technical Assistance and...
Author Office of the US Trade Representative
Organisation Office of the US Trade Representative
Publish Date 13 August 2003
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2004 Comprehensive Report on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

2004 Comprehensive Report on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

This is the 4th annual report on US trade and investment with Africa. The current report provides an update for 2002 on U.S.-SSA trade and investment flows in major sectors; information on AGOA; a discussion of major developments in trade and...
Author United States International Trade Commission
Organisation United States Trade Representative (USTR)
Publish Date 01 December 2003
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2003 Africa-US Trade Profile

2003 Africa-US Trade Profile

A brief report prepared by the US Department of Commerce, Office of Africa, on bilateral trade between the US and Africa.
Author US Department of Commerce
Organisation US Government
Publish Date 20 November 2003
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Garment exports under AGOA: A short situational overview

Garment exports under AGOA: A short situational overview

A 3-page situational overview (prepared for the 2012 AGOA Forum) relating to apparel trade under AGOA, placing this in context with global US imports of apparel from competing countries and reinforcing the urgent need to extend the third country...
Author Eckart Naumann
Organisation Tralac
Publish Date 12 June 2012
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AGOA at 10: Reflections on US-Africa trade with a focus on SACU countries

AGOA at 10: Reflections on US-Africa trade with a focus on SACU countries

This paper provides an overview of the current AGOA legislation and tracks legislative amendments over its first decade. This is followed by an analysis of African exports to the US, with a more detailed focus on three sample sectors (the...
Author Eckart Naumann
Organisation Consultant / Tralac
Publish Date 12 October 2010
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AGOA: Reflections on the first 9 years

AGOA: Reflections on the first 9 years

A short article reflecting on the trade performance of beneficiary countries under AGOA, with a focus on Southern Africa.
Author Eckart Naumann
Organisation Tralac
Publish Date 14 April 2009
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The US Congressional Elections in 2006: What Implicatiuns for US Trade Policy?

The US Congressional Elections in 2006: What Implicatiuns for US Trade Policy?

The recent U.S. Congressional elections assumed considerable importance for trade negotiators because it is thought that, even if significant progress were made on the Doha Round negotiations in early 2007, Congress would need to extend the U.S....
Author Simon Evenett & Michael Meier
Organisation University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Publish Date 14 November 2006
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An interim assessment of the US Trade Policy of

An interim assessment of the US Trade Policy of "Competitive Liberalization"

Since it took office the administration of George W. Bush has pursued a trade policy known as Competitive Liberalization. This policy envisages a series of mutually-reinforcing and sequential steps to open markets abroad to U.S. companies, to...
Author Simon Evenett & Michael Meier
Organisation University of St. Gallen
Publish Date 07 July 2006
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AGOA - An overview 2003

AGOA - An overview 2003

This paper addresses the historical foundations of AGOA, its envisioned benefits to Africa and the U.S., its record of achievement in training, trade, promotion of appropriate African business policies, its phases and future.
Author Gerstenfeld, A. and Njoroge, R.
Publish Date 05 March 2003
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"Taking The Devils Rope" - AGOA And Sweatshops In The Apparel Sector

In the last three years the apparel sector in Sub Saharan Africa has experienced considerable growth with the introduction of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Much of the investment in Southern Africa has been by Asian multinational...
Author Aisha Bahadur
Organisation Civil Society Research and Support Collective, SA
Publish Date 04 February 2004
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA): Does it really present opportunities?

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA): Does it really present opportunities?

Paper presented at the International Conference "Agricultural policy reform and the WTO: where are we heading?" This paper attempted to address three main questions about AGOA: The first question looks at how well the market access provisions...
Author Shahla Shapouri and Michael Trueblood
Organisation Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture
Publish Date 12 June 2003
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Has AGOA increased agricultural exports from Sub-Saharan Africa to the United States? 2003

Has AGOA increased agricultural exports from Sub-Saharan Africa to the United States? 2003

Paper presented at the International Conference "Agricultural policy reform and the WTO: where are we heading?" AGOA provides preferential access to Africa's products in US markets. While proponents expect that AGOA will expand Africa's exports to...
Author Kofi Nouve and John Staatz
Organisation Michigan State University
Publish Date 05 June 2003
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UNCTAD: Recent initiatives in favour of LDCs

UNCTAD: Recent initiatives in favour of LDCs

A preliminary impact assessment undertaken by UNCTAD in 2003 on the main recent initiatives in favour of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the area of preferential market access. This document has been prepared to facilitate the debate at the...
Author UNCTAD
Organisation United Nations
Publish Date 19 August 2003
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Article: An African response to AGOA (2001)

Article: An African response to AGOA (2001)

Short article on AGOA that was published in "The Southern African Economist", Vol 14, No6, pp 17-19, in 2001. 
Author T.A. Mushita
Organisation SAPEM, Zimbabwe
Publish Date 05 February 2001
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Technical Report: GSP assessment and country export survey - Tradehub

Technical Report: GSP assessment and country export survey - Tradehub

Under the preceding RAPID project, Southern Africa Global Competitiveness Hub advisors conducted a GSP Assessment and Export Survey in every SADC country with the exception of South Africa and Mauritius. The purpose of this exercise was to...
Author Shawna Turner
Organisation Chemonics International, Inc.
Publish Date 10 December 2002
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IMF Report - AGOA and its Rules of Origin: Generosity undermined?

IMF Report - AGOA and its Rules of Origin: Generosity undermined?

This paper describes the United States recently enacted Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and assesses its quantitative impact on African exports. The AGOA expands the scope of preferential access of Africa's exports to the United States in...
Author Aaditya Mattoo, Devesh Roy, and Arvind Subramanian
Organisation International Monetary Fund
Publish Date 14 June 2002
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Extension of third country textile waiver - a 2002 report

Extension of third country textile waiver - a 2002 report

Report prepared by Joop de Voest for the Zambia Trade and Investment Enhancement Project (ZAMTIE). This short technical report looks at the implications of the end to special apparel provisions under AGOA (allowing for the use of third country...
Author Joop de Voest
Organisation Report for Zambia Trade and Investment Enhancement Project - ZAMTIE
Publish Date 15 May 2002
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Bread for the World: AGOA 2003 and African agriculture

Bread for the World: AGOA 2003 and African agriculture

Report on the impact of AGOA by the Washington-based organisation 'Bread for the World'. The report draws attention to some of the constraints and opportunities related to AGOA.
Author www.bread.org
Organisation Bread for the World
Publish Date 08 April 2003
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Rules of Origin and AGOA: Hard choices for textiles and clothing in SADC 2002

Rules of Origin and AGOA: Hard choices for textiles and clothing in SADC 2002

A number of recent market-opening measures in major developed country markets, especially AGOA, present a unique and time-limited opportunity for southern African economies to benefit from large increases in investment and employment in the...
Author Frank Flatters
Organisation Queen's University, Canada
Publish Date 12 March 2002
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HR 1777 'Increasing American Jobs Through Greater Exports to Africa Act of 2013’

HR 1777 'Increasing American Jobs Through Greater Exports to Africa Act of 2013’

To create jobs in the United States by increasing United States exports to Africa by at least 200 percent in real dollar value within 10 years, and for other purposes. Mr. SMITH of New Jersey (for himself, Mr. RUSH, and Ms. BASS) introduced the...
Author House of Representatives
Organisation US Congress
Publish Date 26 April 2013
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Proposed Coburn amendment to AGOA

Proposed Coburn amendment to AGOA

Text of the proposed Coburn amendment prior to passing of AGOA fabric extension on 2 August 2012. The proposed amendment was not passed (40:58 vote), which resulted in the passage of the AGOA third country fabric waiver provisions.
Author Senator Coburn (sponsor)
Organisation US Senate
Publish Date 01 July 2012
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US GSP Renewal - October 2011

US GSP Renewal - October 2011

Legislation passed by the US Congress and signed into law to re-enact the US GSP and restrospectively apply the GSP preferences for 2011 since the former GSP expired in December 2010.
Author US Congress
Organisation US Congress
Publish Date 01 October 2011
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Bill HR 2493 to amend AGOA third country textile fabric provisions

Bill HR 2493 to amend AGOA third country textile fabric provisions

Proposed legislation to amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act to extend the third country fabric program from 2012 to 2015, and for other purposes.
Author Reps. Bill McDermott, Johnson, Rangel and Payne
Organisation US Congress
Publish Date 01 July 2011
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