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Labour group warns that Mauritania’s 'total failure on slavery should rule out trade benefits'

Labour group warns that Mauritania’s 'total failure on slavery should rule out trade benefits'

US labour unions cite Mauritania’s unwillingness to act on slavery as Trump administration is urged to deny country duty-free exports. The routine abuse of thousands of enslaved Mauritanians, including rape, beatings and unpaid labour, should prevent the African republic from receiving US trade benefits, American labour unions have said. Mauritania, which has one of the highest rates of modern-day slavery in the world and has been roundly criticised for its poor human rights record, is currently on a list of countries that benefit from...

25 August 2017
'Nigerian exporters not maximizing AGOA opportunities'

'Nigerian exporters not maximizing AGOA opportunities'

The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) has said that Nigerian exporters are not taking full advantage of opportunities offered by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). President of NACC, Chief Olabintan Famutimi, disclosed this at a Roundtable discussion while playing host to Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Commercial Service for Middle East and Africa, Seward Jones. He said: “Nigeria is not taking full advantage of AGOA. There is lack of information and the culprits are usually the people in government. AGOA is a trade...

25 August 2017
Botswana: Government launches strategy to benefit more from AGOA

Botswana: Government launches strategy to benefit more from AGOA

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) National Response Strategy, which was developed through the assistance of the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, will be launched at the beginning of next month. The strategy would help local businesses grow by taking advantage of AGOA provision of duty-free exports to the United States of America (USA) with the hub’s experts working directly with the private sector to improve productivity and facilitate robust regional trade and global market access. The strategy would focus on...

25 August 2017 | PAULINE DIKUELO
South Africa: Car makers in strong plea to US on duty-free access under AGOA

South Africa: Car makers in strong plea to US on duty-free access under AGOA

The automotive industry has made a strong plea to the US trade administration for it to continue enjoying the benefit of duty-free access to the US market under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Nico Vermeulen, director of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA, and Renai Moothilal, the executive director of the National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers, argue in a letter to Edward Gresser, chairman of the trade policy staff committee in the office of the US trade representative,...

18 August 2017 | Linda Ensor