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Swaziland: Is 2018 the year for its textile workers?
Can the year 2018 be a turning point for textile workers’ prolonged poverty? The workers in the textile industry said as they got into the new year and edged closer to this year’s negotiations which are scheduled to start next Wednesday, they would be demanding that government should adhere to TUCOSWA’s call for a basic minimum wage, which would see them as part of the least paid workforce, getting at least E3 000 per month. This means...
25 January 2018
Swaziland: "We should learn from AGOA loss"
Two years ago, I wrote on this very column how disappointing government was in the handling of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) issue. I remember vividly describing it as a catastrophe so dreadful to be likened to Tsunami proportions. Last week, United States (US) President Donald Trump gave a green light to the restoration of the country’s eligibility for AGOA, which in all honesty is massive relieve for the country and...
31 December 2017
US restores trade benefits to Gambia, Swaziland
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday restored trade benefits to Gambia and Swaziland under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office said. [See text of Proclamation here] The AGOA trade program provides sub-Saharan countries duty-free access to the United States on condition they meet certain statutory eligibility requirements, including eliminating barriers to U.S. trade and investment and...
23 December 2017
Presidential Proclamation to take certain actions under the AGOA and for other purposes
In Proclamation 9223 of December 23, 2014, President Obama determined that the Republic of The Gambia (“The Gambia”) was not making continual progress in meeting the requirements described in section 506A(a)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the “Trade Act”) (19 U.S.C. 2466a(a)), as added by section 111(a) of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (the “AGOA”). Thus, pursuant to section 506A(a)(3) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C....
23 December 2017
Eligibility reviews: Press statement in support of Swaziland’s eligibility status for AGOA
The Amalgamated Trade Union of Swaziland (ATUSWA) representing 9 000 workers in the textile and apparel industry, the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) representing 40 000 workers and 16 affiliated unions, and the IndustriALL Global Union representing 50 million workers in 140 countries met in Manzini, Swaziland on the 29th of August 2017 to discuss the status of the United States Trade Act – the African Growth and Opportunity Act...
04 September 2017
Swazi king signs public order, terrorism amendment bills
His Majesty King Mswati III has given assent to the Public Order Bill and the Suppression of Terrorism amendment Act. The King endorsed the two Acts last week Tuesday. This comes as good news as this means that Swaziland is a step closer to regaining its African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) status. Swaziland was removed from AGOA in January 2015.
15 August 2017
US urges Swaziland to review terrorism law as precondition for AGOA readmission
The United States has asked Swaziland to redefine ‘Terrorism Act’ before it could be reconsidered for the African Growth Opportunity Agreement (AGOA). This was stated by Prime Minister Banarbas Dlamini when giving feedback to Senate Portfolio Committee in Parliament during the debate of the Suppression of Terrorism Amendment Bill No. 10 of 2010 on Wednesday. The premier said during the discussion of the bill with the Americans and the...
05 July 2017
Swaziland: 'One month to AGOA review cycle'
Swaziland has one month to work on the remaining AGOA benchmarks as this year’s AGOA review cycle will begin in June until September. AGOA is the African Growth and Opportunity Act, a United States Trade Act enacted on May 18, 2000 as Public Law 106 of the 200th Congress. The legislation significantly enhances market access to the US for qualifying Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. While working on the remaining benchmarks, which...
01 May 2016
Swaziland to fulfill ILO benchmarks in June – sources
Swaziland may regain its African Growth and Opportunity (AGOA) status as it promises to meet all five benchmarks set by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) by June, APA reports on Tuesday. As of now Swaziland met three and the remaining two are the amendment of the Suppression of Terrorism Act and the amendment of the Public Order Act which should allow for the full recognition of the freedom of assembly, speech and organisation. The...
12 February 2016
New US Ambassador: I will help Swaziland regain AGOA
Incoming Unites States of America Ambassador to Swaziland Lisa Peterson carries hope for the country’s re-admission to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) – a duty-free trade agreement that enhances market access to the US for qualifying Sub-Saharan African countries. Swaziland lost its AGOA status on January 1, 2015 after US President Barack Obama withdrew the kingdom’s eligibility because of failure to fully meet five...
17 January 2016
Swaziland: 'US chicken dumping to threaten local producers'
The Swaziland poultry industry will soon face a challenge to compete with United States (US) unfairly low chicken prices after South Africa allowed American poultry in their market. Minister of Agriculture Moses Vilakati said this would be a huge challenge to Swazi producers, adding that it was beyond any doubt that US chickens would soon hit the shelves of local retailers, especially through the Republic chain supermarkets like Pick n Pay...
15 January 2016