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President Trump updates trade preference program eligibility for Rwanda

President Trump updates trade preference program eligibility for Rwanda

The President determined today the eligibility of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda for trade preference benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In response to a petition filed by the U.S. used clothing industry in March 2017, the Administration initiated an out-of-cycle review of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda’s AGOA eligibility regarding their decisions to phase in a ban on imports of used clothing and footwear.  The review found that this import ban harms the U.S. used clothing industry and is inconsistent with...

29 March 2018
Madagascar may be more than a few steps ahead of Ethiopia for sourcing

Madagascar may be more than a few steps ahead of Ethiopia for sourcing

Madagascar may not be getting the same publicity as Ethiopia when it comes to the topic of sourcing in Africa, but the island nation off the southeast coast of the continent has a lot to offer that few are talking about. One thing that sets the nation apart for sourcing is its history in textile manufacturing. Madagascar had already been a go-to source for making apparel in Africa before a coup in 2009 saw the country lose its trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). But its trade privileges under the preference...

21 March 2018 | Tara Donaldson
Ghana taking greater advantage of AGOA — Ambassador Robert Jackson

Ghana taking greater advantage of AGOA — Ambassador Robert Jackson

Ghana is taking greater advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the outgoing American Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Robert Jackson, has said. “Ghanaian non-oil exports to the United States (US) doubled in 2017. We saw continued growth in apparel, as well as new products such as frozen orange juice and dried mango. Ghana’s apparel exports increased from approximately $500,000 in 2010 to $8.5 million in 2017. That number is expected to double again over the next two years,” he stated. Addressing a special farewell...

20 March 2018
US Congress poised to remove hurdles to US-Africa development aid

US Congress poised to remove hurdles to US-Africa development aid

The Senate is set to vote on a bill authorizing the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. foreign aid agency that gives large grants to developing countries, to enter regional compacts in Africa. What's next: The bill, which passed the House last month, authorizes MCC to support increased regional integration efforts and cross-border trade in Africa by removing single-country investment restrictions. If signed into law by President Trump, the bill will give MCC the freedom to facilitate U.S. engagement in the transportation,...

09 March 2018 | Aubrey Hruby
US Ambassador cautions Uganda on transparency in investment procedures

US Ambassador cautions Uganda on transparency in investment procedures

The US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac has cautioned Uganda on the bureaucracies and red tape in investment procedures saying they discourage many potential investors. Malac said this during a meeting with the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde to discuss trade relations between USA and Uganda on Tuesday 6th March 2018 at the Ministry of trade offices. Malac revealed that many American investors have approached the embassy complaining and frustrated due to the corruption and government bureaucracy that...

08 March 2018 | GODFREY SSALI
Kenya-US talks to weigh heavy on trade, economy

Kenya-US talks to weigh heavy on trade, economy

Kenya's agenda for talks with United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday will be dominated by economic and trade issues, the country's top diplomat said on Thursday. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade , said other issues in the agenda will include regional security, wildlife management and deepening participation of U.S. in African Union affairs. "Deepening and growing bilateral relations will be key part of the discussion. The talks will focus on how we can grow...

08 March 2018
Presidential proclamation on adjusting imports of steel into the United States

Presidential proclamation on adjusting imports of steel into the United States

1. On January 11, 2018, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) transmitted to me a report on his investigation into the effect of imports of steel mill articles (steel articles) on the national security of the United States under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1862). 2. The Secretary found and advised me of his opinion that steel articles are being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United States. The...

08 March 2018
Trump's Africa policy taking shape with Tillerson's trip

Trump's Africa policy taking shape with Tillerson's trip

Up to now, the Trump administration has had no clear or coherent policy toward Africa. The president met with visiting African heads of state on the margins of the 2017 UN General Assembly, where he mispronounced ‘Namibia’ and talked about his friends making money in Africa in a way reminiscent of the “scramble for Africa.” He has met with Paul Kagame, the current chairperson of the African Union, but otherwise his interaction with Africans and Africa has been minimal.  Nikki Hailey, U.S. ambassador to the UN, made a...

07 March 2018 | John Campbell
Tillerson: US-Africa relations - A new framework

Tillerson: US-Africa relations - A new framework

Remarks by Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia MR CABRERA: Good morning, everyone. Thank you so much for being with us today for a very, very special presentation. I’m honored to welcome our Secretary of State to George Mason, who, as you know, is on his way to a very important trip to Africa. And I’m slightly biased, but I think his choice of George Mason for this presentation couldn’t be any better. George Mason is the home to students and faculty from over 130...

06 March 2018
Opinion: Banning second-hand imports doesn't solve East Africa's clothes problem

Opinion: Banning second-hand imports doesn't solve East Africa's clothes problem

Banning the import of second-hand clothes is not the answer to reviving East Africa's textile industry. But the deal to phase out the imports also hands another political score to the US, writes DW's Isaac Mugabi. The move to not ban the sale of second-hand clothing was a relief to petty traders. In 2015, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania agreed on a three-year plan to gradually phase out the importation of second-hand clothes and apparel from the United States in particular. Taxes were increased exponentially on...

05 March 2018 | Isaac Mugabi