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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
Tanzanian home textiles firms gain insights on US market

Tanzanian home textiles firms gain insights on US market

Tanzanian textile companies received a boost to their efforts to export products to the U.S. after attending a half-day workshop hosted by the USAID Hub. Fifteen Tanzanian design enterprises learned about U.S. market opportunities on January 15 in Dar es Salaam from Margaret Bishop, an expert in textile and apparel production and quality management. Ms. Bishop provided the companies with technical insights on U.S. home textile market trends, buyer expectations and product/color trends. This information will inform the companies' design,...

24 January 2019
New Ethiopia AGOA strategy in full swing

New Ethiopia AGOA strategy in full swing

The USAID Hub’s lead African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) strategy consultant is in Ethiopia this week to gather supply-side information and conduct a sector analysis for a new Ethiopia National AGOA Strategy. The Ethiopian government requested the Hub to provide technical assistance on the Strategy, which will set strategic actions and targets for significant growth in exports from Ethiopia to the United States by 2025. The Hub began the strategy in October 2018 with a review of the macro-economic environment and Ethiopia’s trade...

17 January 2019 | USAID
Ethiopia's exports to US under AGOA increasing

Ethiopia's exports to US under AGOA increasing

Ethiopia's export under AGOA has jumped by 62 percent between October 2017 and September 2018. The country experienced the largest increase exports in the period under review, according to USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub. "If this growth continues, Ethiopia may quickly become the second or third largest exporter under AGOA in East Africa," the Hub said. East African countries supported by the USAID-Hub reached nearly one billion dollars in exports to the U.S. under AGOA in the period under review. This is a 17 percent rise...

02 January 2019
East Africa exports to the US hit $1bn in the year to September 2018

East Africa exports to the US hit $1bn in the year to September 2018

Exports from East African countries to the US reached about $1 billion between October 2017 and September 2018, a 17 per cent increase from the same period the previous year. The United States Agency for International Development’s East Africa Trade and Investment Hub said apparel dominated the region’s sales at 84.4 per cent of exports. The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) gives sub-Saharan Africa duty-free access to US markets for about 6,000 items. The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub said that the firms they supported...

31 December 2018 | KENNEDY SENELWA
The Trump administration’s Africa strategy: Primacy or partnership?

The Trump administration’s Africa strategy: Primacy or partnership?

Last week, the Trump administration launched an Africa policy that seeks both primacy and partnership on the continent. The administration’s efforts at partnership, especially as it relates to promoting U.S. business on the continent, are likely to be far more lasting and consequential. Ambassador John Bolton set the tone for the administration in a speech where he challenged African governments to choose the United States over China and Russia for their commercial, security, and political relationships. This throwback to...

20 December 2018 | Witney Schneidman and Landry Signé
'Bolton rolls out Trump’s Africa policy to grim reception, but I’m reserving judgment'

'Bolton rolls out Trump’s Africa policy to grim reception, but I’m reserving judgment'

If you care about Africa or work on the continent, the equivalent of Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket last week was an invitation from the Heritage Foundation for the unveiling of the Trump Administration’s New Africa Strategy by U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton. The plan, in the works for one year, was a closely guarded secret. Congressional staff invited to the roll-out only received the White House fact sheet upon arrival at Heritage, and while the policy was “an intensive interagency process,” few outside of...

18 December 2018 | K. RIVA LEVINSON
Advisor Ambassador John Bolton on the the Trump administration’s new Africa strategy

Advisor Ambassador John Bolton on the the Trump administration’s new Africa strategy

As delivered on December 13, 2018. Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C. Well, Kim, thanks very much, and thanks to you and Kay for inviting me here. I’m delighted again to be here at the Heritage, an institution that really has contributed so much to the public policy debate for many decades now in the United States. And I’m particularly pleased to be here to unveil the Trump administration’s new Africa Strategy, which the President approved yesterday, and which the administration will begin executing immediately. This strategy...

13 December 2018
President Trump’s Africa strategy advances prosperity, security, and stability [incl. Factsheet]

President Trump’s Africa strategy advances prosperity, security, and stability [incl. Factsheet]

Remarks by National Security Advisor Ambassador John R. Bolton on the Trump Administration’s New Africa Strategy I’m delighted again to be here at the Heritage, an institution that really has contributed so much to the public policy debate for many decades now in the United States. And I’m particularly pleased to be here to unveil the Trump administration’s new Africa Strategy, which the President approved yesterday, and which the administration will begin executing immediately. This strategy is the result of an intensive...

13 December 2018
'Here's why the used clothing trade deserves more attention'

'Here's why the used clothing trade deserves more attention'

While friction over the ban of used clothing exports from the US to East Africa seems to have come to an end, some fundamental issues still remain, according to Shannon Brady and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware. Their latest research throws up complex economic, social, legal and political factors linked with the trade in second-hand clothes and questions the effectiveness of preference programmes such as AGOA as a tool for economic development Back in March 2016, the East African Community (EAC) which includes Kenya, Rwanda,...

11 December 2018 | Shannon Brady and Dr Sheng Lu
Telephonic press briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs

Telephonic press briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs

MEDIA ADVISORY | December 6, 2018  Telephonic Press Briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. EVENT Please join us on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 11:30 UTC| 13:30 SAST| 14:30 EAT for a telephonic press briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. Assistant Secretary Nagy will speak to us from Nairobi, Kenya to discuss U.S. policy in Africa and outcomes of his current travel to the region. The...

03 December 2018
Uganda's plan for more trade under AGOA

Uganda's plan for more trade under AGOA

Uganda is working on a plan to increase its exports to the US through the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) in the next five years. Under Agoa, a US trade legislation enacted in May 2000, sub-Saharan African countries export more than 6,000 different products duty free. The Act originally covered an eight-year period from October 2000 to September 2008, but legislative amendments signed into law by former US president George Bush in July 2004 extended Agoa to 2015. The legislation was further extended to 2025. Trade, Industry and...

28 November 2018
Nigeria: Federal government unfolds AGOA strategy on exporting products – official

Nigeria: Federal government unfolds AGOA strategy on exporting products – official

The Federal Government has begun the implementation strategy to ensure that non-oil products are duly accepted in the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The products that are being considered for export under AGOA include sesame seed, cashew, tomatoes, oranges, cassava, spices and ginger. Others are shea butter, cow pea, banana, plantain, cement, clinker, leather and articles of leather, arts and handicrafts, specialty foods and cocoa. Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar, the Deputy Director, Trade Department, Ministry of Industry, Trade...

23 November 2018
Nigeria: How exporters can benefit from AGOA

Nigeria: How exporters can benefit from AGOA

Mr. Babatunde Faleke is the Regional Coordinator, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) Lagos. In this interview with ABIBAT AMINU he speaks on opportunities open to Nigerian exporters, especially under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Excerpts: Is the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) still relevant today? Yes of course the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is United States Trade Act is still as relevant today as when it was first mooted. AGOA significantly enhances the U.S market access for 39...

09 November 2018 | ABIBAT AMINU