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Liberia Chamber of Commerce, USAID, conduct AGOA awareness seminar for the public sector

Liberia Chamber of Commerce, USAID, conduct AGOA awareness seminar for the public sector

The Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID,) West Africa ASSESS Project aimed covering the AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) benefits, product eligibility criteria, documentation and export procedures, and US import requirement for agricultural products. Participants from several institutions, including the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), National investment Commission (NIC), and the Chamber of Commerce...

17 April 2019 | David Yates
Uganda: Government working on new AGOA strategy

Uganda: Government working on new AGOA strategy

Uganda will, before the end of April, reportedly launch a national strategy that will identify key products that Uganda can leverage on to improve its exports to US.  The strategy, whose formulation started in 2016, seeks to among others, identify five key products that can influence Uganda’s penetration into the US market.  Ms Suzan Muhwezi, the head of Agoa Secretariat, said the strategy has already been tabled before Cabinet and will soon be enacted.  “We are soon launching the Agoa National Strategy. As I...

15 April 2019
Kenyan textiles maker seeking to expand through AGOA

Kenyan textiles maker seeking to expand through AGOA

Textiles maker Rivatex East Africa Ltd is eyeing regional and international markets with its planned Sh6 billion upgrade. The modernisation drive will increase cotton consumption from 10,000 bales per day against a projected capacity of 100,000, translating to a daily production rate of 40,000 metres, up from the previous 5,000. Managing Director Thomas Kipkurgat said the firm was targeting the AGOA (US) market through the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) as well as in East Africa and other parts of the continent. “We expect to...

14 April 2019
S African access for US apple and blueberry exports might pave way for all South African citrus into US [+charts]

S African access for US apple and blueberry exports might pave way for all South African citrus into US [+charts]

At the citrus summit in Port Elizabeth last month, Nick Gutierrez, the CGA representative in the USA, put a number of reasons to delegates to explain why the final rule that would allow citrus from all of South Africa’s growing regions to the USA, has not been published yet. “In many respects, the new US administration approaches trade policy and trade partners very differently from many of the past administrations,” he said, while noting that the US was not about to renege on its AGOA obligations and in fact, was considering South...

09 April 2019 | Carolize Jansen
Looking back: Unpacking the trends that shaped Africa’s business environment

Looking back: Unpacking the trends that shaped Africa’s business environment

2018 has been an interesting year for Africa, with various events and trends becoming visible. 2016 saw the effects of the slowdown of China’s economic growth due to its rebalancing of its economy and the end of the commodity price super cycle. 2017 brought some relief. In Africa, 2018 demonstrated a number of continued trends, but also some new events. This is Part I. Follow the links to Part II and Part III.  Trend 1: Foreign investment in Africa Africa has been the recipient of foreign investment form a variety of foreign...

28 March 2019 | Johan Burger
Looking forward: US-Africa relations [incl. Video]

Looking forward: US-Africa relations [incl. Video]

Editor's Note: On March 26, 2019, Brahima Coulibaly testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. His written testimony on Africa's rapid transformation and U.S.-Africa relations follows. Thank you, Chairwoman Bass and Ranking Member Smith, for your leadership with respect to U.S. engagement with Africa. Your active role in fostering the bipartisan cooperation that has historically characterized U.S.-Africa legislation is exemplary. Thank...

26 March 2019 | Brahima Sangafowa Coulibaly
Botswana: Textile sector upbeat, despite AGOA export collapse

Botswana: Textile sector upbeat, despite AGOA export collapse

The country’s textile and apparel exports to the United States under AGOA, fell to just $3,000 (P32,100) in 2018, the first numbers showing the impact of the relocation to Lesotho of the last exporting firm. Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act’s duty and quota free provision, Botswana textile firms were shipping off P1.8 billion in stock to the US at the peak in 2008. Becky Geiger, an international trade specialist in the US Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials told BusinessWeek that the...

22 March 2019 | MBONGENI MGUNI
What having new US official for Africa means for the continent

What having new US official for Africa means for the continent

While on a visit to Kigali, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr, the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, has introduced a new official and the role he will play on the continent. Nagy announced that Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will visit South Africa and Angola from March 12 to March 18 to hold discussions with government officials, and continue ongoing bilateral ties between the U.S. and the two countries. Sullivan will be also broach the topic of the current land reformmoves in South Africa with President Cyril...

13 March 2019
Africa in Focus: Is the US keeping pace in Africa?

Africa in Focus: Is the US keeping pace in Africa?

Editor's Note:  Below is a viewpoint from Chapter 6 of the  report, which explores six overarching themes on the triumphs of the past years as well as strategies to tackle the remaining obstacles for Africa.  What do India, Turkey, Japan, China, and the European Union have in common with Africa that the United States does not? Each country and the EU have held two or more summits with African heads of state. While there were positive aspects in the Trump administration’s Africa strategy that was released late last...

04 March 2019 | Witney Schneidman
Possible US tariffs on car imports might mean job losses in South Africa

Possible US tariffs on car imports might mean job losses in South Africa

The decision by US president Donald Trump within the next three months on whether or not to impose tariffs on the imports of vehicles and their components will have a significant effect on SA, and could result in job losses.  US embassy spokesperson Robert Mearkle confirmed that the US secretary of commerce Wilbur Ross had formally submitted the results of an investigation by that country's department of commerce into the effect of imports of automobiles and automobile parts on US national security, to the White House on February...

01 March 2019 | LINDA ENSOR
Fact sheet: The President’s trade agenda and annual report

Fact sheet: The President’s trade agenda and annual report

On March 1, 2019, the United States Trade Representative released President Trump’s 2019 Trade Policy Agenda and Annual Report, outlining how the Administration’s trade policies are benefitting American workers, contributing to the strongest U.S. economy in decades, and rebalancing America’s trade relationships and the global economy. In just two years, the Administration has already made significant progress in implementing its trade agenda. As our policies continue to take effect, President Trump’s leadership is charting a course...

01 March 2019
‘Nigeria will benefit more from AGOA before scheme expires’

‘Nigeria will benefit more from AGOA before scheme expires’

Recently, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) under its African Growth and Opportunity Act Trade Resource Centre (AGOA-ATRC) organised a one day workshop for export ready and potential exporters in Kano. NEPC, the Federal Government’s agency in charge of promotion of all non-oil export trained participants on how to export under AGOA into the United States and enjoy maximum benefit. The Regional Coordinator of the NEPC, South West, Mr. Babatunde Faleke speaks with Omolara Akintoye on why Nigerians need to tap into the...

16 February 2019 | Omolara Akintoy