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14th AGOA Forum August 24-27, 2015 in Libreville, Gabon

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Mixed consensus emerges at AGOA Forum

Mixed consensus emerges at AGOA Forum

The 14th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum took place from 25-27 August in the Gabonese capital, Libreville. Considered the central pillar of economic relations between the US and sub-Saharan Africa, AGOA provides duty-free quota-free access to the US market for over 6000 products. Its renewal in June until 2025 had been enthusiastically welcomed by...

03 September, 2015
Officials 'happy after AGOA meeting'

Officials 'happy after AGOA meeting'

South Africa and the United States are a bit closer to reaching consensus on chicken and pork imports from the US, the trade and industry ministry said on Thursday. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and the US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman met in Libreville, Gabon on the sidelines of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) on Wednesday. The two...

28 August, 2015
Remarks by Ambassador Michael Froman at the opening ceremony of the 2015 AGOA Forum

Remarks by Ambassador Michael Froman at the opening ceremony of the 2015 AGOA Forum

“Good morning. “Your Excellency, President Bongo Ondimba, Honorable Minister Tchango, esteemed members of the Gabonese Government, Ministers and Heads of Delegations from the 39 AGOA partner countries, my U.S. Government colleagues, and private sector and civil society leaders: “If I may borrow a phrase I learned here in Africa: All protocol observed. “It’s a...

26 August, 2015
African countries urged to intensify education on AGOA to reap benefits

African countries urged to intensify education on AGOA to reap benefits

Mr Arun Kumar, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets of the United States of America, has called for more education and awareness creation on the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to African businesses. Speaking to journalists in Ghana during a stop-over on his way to the 2015 AGOA Summit in Libreville-Gabon, Mr. Arun said Africa was not...

26 August, 2015
African nations hope to benefit from renewed US legislation

African nations hope to benefit from renewed US legislation

The United States and African nations hold the first conference this week in Gabon on the African Growth and Opportunities Act since Congress recently renewed a zero tariff deal for another 10 years. African nations hope to better exploit preferential access in the future - most analysts say AGOA has been under-utilized. Exhibitors at the AGOA forum in the Gabonese capital,...

26 August, 2015
AGOA 2015: Moving to sustainable US-Africa trade and investment partnership

AGOA 2015: Moving to sustainable US-Africa trade and investment partnership

The American consumer has long been accustomed to reading labels marked “Made in China.” However, across the United States, more shoppers are seeing “Made in Ghana,” “Made in Tanzania,” and other labels. African products ranging from luxury bags to specialty hot sauces are reaching largely American audiences thanks to the African Growth and Opportunity Act...

26 August, 2015