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US Trade and investment with Sub-Saharan Africa: Recent developments 2020 Report

This report provides information on U.S. trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

In particular, it analyzes the sectors in which U.S. trade in goods and services with SSA showed the strongest growth during 2016–18; identifies SSA countries for which U.S. exports, imports, and outward foreign direct investment (FDI) increased the most during the period; and highlights the main factors behind this growth.

Focusing on several SSA countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Côte d’Ivoire (called “key markets” in this report), the Commission used case studies to provide in-depth analysis of trends in four important areas: (1) the ways U.S. products and services integrate into key SSA value chains; (2) the intellectual property environment in the key SSA markets, and the effects of that environment on trade and investment; (3) technological innovations in SSA agricultural production and exports; and (4) the digital economy in SSA.

In examining SSA’s digital economy, the report explores how the adoption of digital technologies affects other industries and how policies and market conditions affect digital trade. Further, this report summarizes recent developments in regional integration efforts in SSA, particularly the negotiation and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

It also includes a summary of SSA countries’ utilization of preferential trade provisions under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and an account of the strategies many SSA countries have adopted to take fuller advantage of these provisions.

The report was prepared by the U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission or USITC) at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received by the Commission on May 6, 2019.

Publication Number: 4780

Investigation No.: 332-564

Author USITC - Investigation No.: 332-564
Organisation USITC
Publication Date 25 March 2020

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