Report of the African Ministerial Consultative Group on AGOA - Forum 2017
Report of the African Ministerial Consultative Group on AGOA, held on 8 August in Lomé, Togo.
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Reports by the organisers on the 2017 AGOA Forum held in Togo
See the 2017 AGOA Forum Reports (prepared by the AGOA Togo Organising Committee) in the AGOA Forum Downloads Section. Forum 2017 Brochure and Photos AGOA Forum 2017: General Report on the AGOA Forum in Togo (english) AGOA Forum 2017: General Report on the AGOA Forum in Togo (french)
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US assures Africa AGOA pact is here to stay
The United States is determined to deepen trade with sub-Sahara Africa following assurances that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) deal is safe under the Trump administration. While a dark cloud has been hanging over Agoa since Donald Trump became US president over six months ago, a top US trade representative has assured African countries that the US is committed to a stronger and more sustainable relationship with Africa through...
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South Africa: Trade and Industry on AGOA industrialisation and regional value chains in Sub-Saharan Africa
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AGOA Forum 2017: Opening statement by the AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry
Statement by Ambassador Albert M. Muchanga Africa Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry I am delighted to be here this morning and participate in the opening ceremony of the United States-Sub Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation (AGOA) Forum that is convening under the Theme: “The U.S. and Africa: Partnering for Prosperity Through Trade”. My statement will be brief. I will broadly touch on the challenge that we face to...
14 August 2017
Why the US's use of AGOA reviews worries African trade ministers
African countries have urged the US not to use the out-of-cycle reviews under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) in a manner that restricts their ability to pursue policies in their national interest, in particular those that promote industrialisation. Agoa provides duty-free, quota-free treatment for more than 6,000 tariff lines from African countries into the US market. East African countries Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda — are...
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Africa-US AGOA trade talks end with 'no decision, waning enthusiasm' - Reuters
LOME (Reuters) - Talks between African and U.S. officials to review the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) free trade deal ended on Thursday with no decision and a feeling on all sides that it has achieved little since it was set up. President Donald Trump's top trade negotiator Robert E. Lighthizer and other U.S. officials have been in the tiny West African nation of Togo over the past two days to discuss the Clinton-era trade pact...
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Togo's trade minister laments suboptimal use of AGOA provisions
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09 August 2017
Reps Brady & Reichert express strong support for AGOA as US co-hosts forum in Togo
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) issued the following statements as the United States and Togo co-host the 2017 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum this week to further strengthen important economic ties between the United States and Africa. Reinforcing his support for AGOA, Chairman Brady said: “The bipartisan 10-year...
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With the Trump administration's trade agenda focused on reining in China and renegotiating the North American Free Trade agreement, Africa has barely appeared on the radar screen. That could change this week as President Donald Trump's top trade negotiator and other senior U.S. officials head to the West African nation of Togo to review a Clinton-era free trade pact with sub-Saharan Africa, in the administration's first high-level delegation...
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Press Release: US delegation at 2017 AGOA Forum in Togo
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The Trump administration’s first AGOA Forum
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