H.R.1295 - Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (AGOA 2015-2025 renewal legislation - became Public Law 114-27)
H.R.1295 - Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (AGOA extension legislation, passed by Congress and became Public Law No: 114-27, see separate file)
An act to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, and for other purposes.
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In a White House ceremony twenty years ago this week, former U.S. President Bill Clinton signed into law the African Growth and Opportunity Act. While AGOA hasn’t met all of its lofty goals, this trade legislation has helped lift many Africans out of poverty. Today, with the global economy bordering on coronavirus-sparked turmoil and African economies bracing for great damage, it’s worth considering AGOA’s past and future,...
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US House Black Caucus to advocate extension of AGOA
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AGOA - good for Africa, warts and all?
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House of Reps passes AGOA and MCA Modernization Act
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Request for public comments on annual review of country eligibility for benefits under AGOA in 2017
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USTR announces new petition process to review AGOA country eligibility
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