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US-African trade lagging despite free access
Trade between the US and sub-Saharan Africa is in the doldrums despite a 2000 US law designed to boost access to the US market, a conference in Ivory Coast has been told. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which in 2015 was extended to 2025, provides tariff-free access on 6,500 products to 39 countries, ranging from oil and agricultural goods to textiles, farm and handicrafts. Trade quadrupled in value from 2002 to 2008, a year...
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Joint statement between the US and the African Union concerning the development of the AfCFTA
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08 August 2019
AGOA Forum closing remarks by the US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Nagy
Bonjour tout le monde. C’est un grand honneur de conclure officiellement le Forum AGOA 2019 à Abidjan. Tout d’abord, je voudrais remercier le gouvernement ivoirien d’avoir accueilli le forum de l’AGOA. I’m especially honored to be here alongside the Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire, the Honorable Amadou Gon Coulibaly. I’m always happy to come back to the continent, as I have a long and happy history living and working in...
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South Africa: AGOA's positive impact felt in the Cape
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Africa wants one trade deal with the US, the US wants many
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Remarks of Ambassador C.J. Mahoney at the 2019 AGOA Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Deputy United States Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney delivered the following remarks at the opening ceremony of the 2019 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum: Good morning President Ouattara, esteemed Ministers and heads of delegations from our AGOA Partner Countries, Secretaries-General and Commissioners of the Regional Economic Communities and the African Union, Members of our Congressional delegation, my fellow colleagues from...
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South Africa: African free-trade deal can help boost exports to the US, says Patel
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AGOA Forum 2019 - all the details and documents
Details about the 2019 annual United States - Sub-Saharan Africa AGOA Forum can be viewed in the AGOA Forum section. This includes logistical details and agenda information. Come back to visit as new updates are shared. Link: www.agoa.info/forum
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AGOA Forum 2019 Preview Briefing - July 23, 2019 [now with sound file]
Media Advisory | July 23 Briefing with Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs and Constance Hamilton Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa. EVENT: Please join us on Tuesday, July 23 2019, at 8:30am EDT for a telephonic press conference with Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs and Constance Hamilton, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa...
19 July 2019