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Kagame explains Rwanda’s formula in luring investors

Kagame explains Rwanda’s formula in luring investors

President Paul Kagame has shared tactics Rwanda applies to lure investors during the Corporate Council on Africa Presidential Dialogue on the Future of US-Africa Business. The dialogue brought together CEOs, decision makers and heads of State who trade with United States of America. Rwanda participated in the meeting because it is part of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a United States Trade Act. Selected products from countries under AGOA receive duty-free treatment in US according to an Annual Product Review of June 2016. At...

20 September 2017 | Jean de la Croix Tabaro
US raises annual AGOA quota for qualifying textiles

US raises annual AGOA quota for qualifying textiles

The US has set new annual limits on duty and quota-free imports of apparel articles assembled from regional and third-country fabric under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in the upcoming fiscal year. The new figures are released by the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) for the year from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018. For apparel articles wholly assembled in one or more beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries from fabric wholly formed in one or more beneficiary countries from yarn...

20 September 2017 | Leonie Barrie
'Strict AGOA rules put African policies and trade on the line' - Columnist

'Strict AGOA rules put African policies and trade on the line' - Columnist

South Africa’s trade deal with the US, under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), may have its benefits, however, overall it is heavily skewed in favour of the US. South Africa’s strategy of pursuing a “developmental trade” policy, in which trade agreements with other countries should promote growth, employment and the industrial upgrade of the country, are frequently undermined by unequal global trade rules, markets and power which favour industrialised countries. The terms of Agoa reflect the unequal global trade rules,...

19 September 2017 | William Gumede
Kenyan flower exporters prepare to seize US market opportunities

Kenyan flower exporters prepare to seize US market opportunities

On September 14, the USAID East African Trade and Investment Hub held a Kenya Flower Stakeholders Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss U.S. market opportunities for Kenyan floriculture exporters. A total of 50 floriculture value chain stakeholders attended the meeting. Stakeholder comments from the meeting will inform the ongoing Kenya National AGOA Strategy review and the Kenya Flower Council USA market promotion action plan. The Senior Deputy Permanent Secretary for Kenya’s Department of Trade, Mr. Samson Wangusi, opened the meeting...

14 September 2017
US-African partnerships: Advancing common interests

US-African partnerships: Advancing common interests

Speech by Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC September 13, 2017 Introduction Good morning. Thank you President Lindborg for your very kind and generous introduction. To you and to Ambassador Carson I am grateful for the invitation to participate in this important and timely symposium. It is always a pleasure to cross 23rd street and leave behind the 1950s federal architecture of the State Department for the soaring beauty of the United States...

13 September 2017
Sierra Leone: Trade opportunities opened with the US

Sierra Leone: Trade opportunities opened with the US

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law by President Clinton in May 2000 with the objective of expanding U.S. trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa, to stimulate economic growth, to encourage economic integration, and to facilitate sub-Saharan Africa’s integration into the global economy. The Act establishes the annual U.S.-sub-Saharan Africa Economic Cooperation Forum (known as the AGOA Forum) to promote high-level dialogue on trade and investment-related issues. At the centre of AGOA are substantial...

13 September 2017 | Sylvia Villa
Denied access to Mauritania, US anti-slavery activists press on

Denied access to Mauritania, US anti-slavery activists press on

Mauritania has denied access to a group of American anti-slavery activists on a mission to West African nations, on grounds that their plans conflicted with Mauritanian law and had not been approved through proper channels. That group has nonetheless continued on their mission in Dakar, Senegal. “We are engaged in this work to show solidarity and support for those working against slavery and its legacy – and to strengthen partnerships,” said Jonathan Jackson, the national spokesman for the Rainbow PUSH...

13 September 2017 | Jonathan Jackson
Messe Frankfurt ready to take Africa's clothing expos to next level

Messe Frankfurt ready to take Africa's clothing expos to next level

Messe Frankfurt, the third largest trade show organiser in the world, announced on Friday that it will be taking over the South African-based trade shows Source Africa and ATF (Apparel, Textile & Footwear). Messe Frankfurt takes over from LTE, which has organised of Source Africa and ATF in the past. LTE has been organising events in the clothing and textile industry for more than 25 years.   According to William Scalco, a partner in LTE, the aim of Source Africa and ATF has always been to grow local manufacturing in the industry...

09 September 2017 | Carin Smith
Rwanda, US begin talks on AGOA

Rwanda, US begin talks on AGOA

The government of Rwandan has opened talks with the United States on the review of the American Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) in a bid to ensure continued duty-free access to the US market. In July this year, the Americans began an out of cycle review on the eligibility of Rwanda and other East African Community partner states following a move by the region to phase out and eventually ban import of second hand clothes. This move was aimed at supporting the regional textile industry and preserving the dignity of the East African...

06 September 2017 | COLLINS MWAI
Eligibility reviews: Press statement in support of Swaziland’s eligibility status for AGOA

Eligibility reviews: Press statement in support of Swaziland’s eligibility status for AGOA

The Amalgamated Trade Union of Swaziland (ATUSWA) representing 9 000 workers in the textile and apparel industry, the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) representing 40 000 workers and 16 affiliated unions, and the IndustriALL Global Union representing 50 million workers in 140 countries met in Manzini, Swaziland on the 29th of August 2017 to discuss the status of the United States Trade Act – the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) – eligibility for Swaziland. With ATUSWA and TUCOSWA having been registered, and some...

04 September 2017 | Elijah Chiwota