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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
Sierra Leone to launch its AGOA response strategy

Sierra Leone to launch its AGOA response strategy

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), an initiative of the United States Government, allows low-income countries to access the US market on very favourable trade terms.  The implementation of the new AGOA Strategy will allow Sierra Leone to benefit from duty free access to US markets when exporting products produced in the country.  The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) in collaboration with the International Growth Centre (IGC) will tomorrow Tuesday 12 February, 2019 launch the National AGOA Response Strategy at the...

11 February 2019 | Zainab Iyamide Joaque
'Trump’s Africa surprise'

'Trump’s Africa surprise'

Africa has generally ranked near the bottom of US foreign policy priorities. Historically, two-term presidents have waited until their second term to establish their legacies on the continent, and many one-term presidents have neglected it altogether. US President Donald J. Trump has surprised many by bucking this trend.  In December, US National Security Advisor John Bolton unveiled a formal strategy for Africa unveiled a formal strategy for Africa. The document was originally slated for public release but has...

04 February 2019 | JONATHAN GASS
Building Africa’s manufacturing strength in the textile and clothing sector

Building Africa’s manufacturing strength in the textile and clothing sector

The rise of the fast fashion industry in the past few years has brought in its wake a booming trade of second-hand clothing. Today, millions of people around the world donate clothes with the understanding that they will support the needy or will be resold in secondhand stores. But are increased imports into Africa of second-hand clothing from developed countries consistent with the contemporary agenda of African economies, which is to industrialize and add value, rather than to consume? This is at the heart of the recent trade dispute...

31 January 2019 | Emanuela Gregorio
New: AGOA themed guides and infographics

New: AGOA themed guides and infographics

The AGOA.info Exporter Toolkit resources have been enhanced through the addition of brochures and infographics on AGOA-related subjects.  This includes many 'national' AGOA country brochures that provide an overview of a country's AGOA-related developments and trade performance.  Other themed brochures include those of a more technical nature (Rules of Origin, AGOA eligibility and review provisions), as well as more sector-focused publications, including on textiles and apparel, and on agriculture.  The brochures can be...

25 January 2019