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Kenya to increase exports to 20% of GDP by 2020

Kenya to increase exports to 20% of GDP by 2020

Kenya targets to increase her exports to 20 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in three years’ up from the current 14.5 percent, buoyed by the ongoing efforts to exploit destination markets in over 80 countries.  Trade Principal Secretary Chris Kiptoo says this will be realized by among others, product diversification and value addition initiatives. The formulation of the National Export Strategy (NES) commenced in September last year and is set for finalization by the end of next month, a process which has so far seen...

13 November 2017 | Nicholas Nduati
US policy: Africa rising and the art of the deal

US policy: Africa rising and the art of the deal

Despite the controversy and political fallout surrounding the deaths of four special operations soldiers in Niger recently, it is clear that the Trump administration still has enough room to refocus on Africa among its foreign policy goals. Policies, personnel and priorities on Africa remain a work in progress. There is still a possibility to orientate its policies in a way that ensures a win-win outcome — especially in the potential for enhanced trade and investment with the continent. Washington ignores Africa at its own expense,...

06 November 2017 | MARTIN GANDA
The controversy of used clothing: East African-US trade relations

The controversy of used clothing: East African-US trade relations

  On October 12th the New York Times brought the discussion of second hand clothing in East Africa to the mainstream. Unbeknownst to most in North America, the United States trades millions of dollars worth of used clothing to East African countries essentially tax free. African countries export duty free products to the United States in return. The bilateral trade agreement that makes this transaction possible, the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), is the center of a controversy roiling African-US trade...

02 November 2017 | Andrew Figueiredo
How African countries can maximise the benefits that AGOA provides

How African countries can maximise the benefits that AGOA provides

Since the year 2000, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has given eligible African countries duty and quota free access to the United States’ markets. This has created an opportunity for African businesses, big or small to meet, trade with new markets and improve the quality of their products. Over the years, it has been described as a catalyst for democracy and a criterion for African countries that want to partake in the AGOA agreement. The 16th edition of AGOA Forum sought to explore how countries can continue to...

31 October 2017 | Onyi Sunday
Reports by the organisers on the 2017 AGOA Forum held in Togo

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)  

26 October 2017
Ghana: Chamber of Commerce targets over 24% increase in exports to US

Ghana: Chamber of Commerce targets over 24% increase in exports to US

The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry has targeted to increase exports to the United States from the current 14 percent to over 24 percent in eight years. Officials expect members to take full advantage of the Agric Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) initiative to achieve the objective. Beneficiary countries are entitled to export over 6,400 products quota and duty-free to the United States. The Africa-US bilateral arrangement encourages export-led growth to enhance trade and economic potential of sub-Saharan African countries. Chief...

26 October 2017 | Prince Appiah
USTR announces new enforcement priorities for GSP

USTR announces new enforcement priorities for GSP

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced a new effort to ensure beneficiary countries are meeting the eligibility criteria of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade preference program.  This new effort includes a heightened focus on concluding outstanding GSP cases and a new interagency process to assess beneficiary country eligibility. This interagency process complements the current petition receipt and public input process for country practice reviews, which will remain unchanged.  The new...

24 October 2017
East African textile sector tipped on maximising technology

East African textile sector tipped on maximising technology

Textile industry players in the region have been challenged to start making garments that require low level technology and skills as the East African Community (EAC) countries prepare to phase-out imported used clothes. Lilian Awinja, the Executive Director of the East African Business Council (EABC), said the sector can manufacture apparels such as inner garments, ties, scarfs that require low level technology and skills. “It is a high time that EAC countries embarked on manufacturing apparels such as inner garments, ties, scarfs that...

20 October 2017 | JAMES KARUHANGA
US buyers keen to source coffee from the East African region

US buyers keen to source coffee from the East African region

The USAID East African Trade and Investment Hub supported East African coffee producers to connect with U.S. retailers at this month's Coffee Fest in Portland, Oregon. The October 13 - 15 event brought together a broad spectrum of the U.S. coffee industry, including roasters, retailers and coffee producers.  The event helped the exhibiting companies to generate 20 solid linkages that, if realized, represent $100,000 in East African coffee exports. The Hub-supported East African Pavilion held daily cupping sessions to wow visitors...

19 October 2017 | http://www.eatradehub.org/
Nigeria: ‘Implementation of export strategy key to harnessing trade deals’

Nigeria: ‘Implementation of export strategy key to harnessing trade deals’

Worried that Nigeria is lagging behind in enjoying the benefits of market access created through several trade deals, stakeholders have tasked the Federal Government on implementing an export strategy that is truly committed to diversifying the economy from dependence on oil. A former Director-General of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Dr. John Isemede said only detailed and planned export strategy will help the country address its challenges. Speaking at a public presentation of...

17 October 2017 | Femi Adekoya
Second-hand clothing showdown brewing

Second-hand clothing showdown brewing

In Rwanda, it's chagua. In Kenya, mitumba. In Zambia, salaula — most African languages have a word for the piles of discarded garments that end up for sale across the African continent. Millions of people around the world donate clothes annually with the understanding that they will go to the needy or will be resold in secondhand stores. However, while charities do financially benefit from some of the donated garments, many more enter a secondary marketplace governed by free market principles. A thriving and...

16 October 2017
Used-clothing trade causes contention between US and East African Nations

Used-clothing trade causes contention between US and East African Nations

The commercial enterprise of U.S. companies selling used clothing to African countries doesn’t seem a likely source of controversy, but the issue has become one of contention on two continents. The East African countries of Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Burundi have been trying to phase out imports of secondhand clothing and shoes over the last year.  The countries claim the enterprise undermines their efforts to build domestic textile industries and they want to impose an outright ban by 2019. In March, the...

13 October 2017 | Arthur Friedman