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South African car manufacturers threatened by potential US tariffs

South African car manufacturers threatened by potential US tariffs

The latest target in President Donald Trump's ongoing trade fight is imported cars and trucks. Trump said earlier this week that the US Commerce Department is investigating possible trade actions on imported vehicles, and the administration is reportedly mulling a 25% tariff, or tax on imports, for the cars. US imported almost 37,000 cars from South Africa last year - it was the second biggest importer of SA vehicles, after the UK (54,400). In 2016, South Africa exported vehicles worth $1.6 billion to the US (R23.5 billion). Ford, BMW...

25 May 2018
Trump versus Rwanda in trade battle over used clothes

Trump versus Rwanda in trade battle over used clothes

Early last year, weeks after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, a little known American trade association  filed a petition with the U.S. Trade Representative. That seven-page letter set Africa in the cross-hairs of the new administration’s ‘America First’ trade ideology, pitting the world’s largest economy against tiny Rwanda over an unlikely U.S. export: cast-off clothes.  In March, the USTR warned Rwanda it would lose some benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), America’s flagship trade...

24 May 2018 | Clement Uwiringiyimana, Joe Bavier
Ghana: Textile and garments committee inaugurated

Ghana: Textile and garments committee inaugurated

The reconstituted National Technical Committee for Textiles  and Garments was on Friday inaugurated to ensure that Ghana meets the requirements for the production of textiles and garments for the local and the international markets. The committee, which has been expanded in size from 12 experts to 22, would be responsible for the development and implementation of standards for the textiles and garments industry. It is determined to consider standards for slit and kaba, Kente, smock and many other Ghana-made clothes that...

22 May 2018 | Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten
Uganda must not rely on a single partner, says US envoy

Uganda must not rely on a single partner, says US envoy

[Source: interview with US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac] What is the role of the private sector?  We firmly believe that private sector growth is the key to sustainable economic growth. Governments should not be the sole driver of economic activity because no government will ever have enough money to do everything.  The private sector plays a crucial role in economic growth and it is important that it takes the lead in all areas of economic activity.    What was the role of US in recent oil and gas...

21 May 2018
Mozambique launches National AGOA utilization strategy 2018- 2025

Mozambique launches National AGOA utilization strategy 2018- 2025

The African Growth and Opportunity Act is a U.S. trade act that provides duty-free import to goods produced in qualifying Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. AGOA came into force in 2000 and was most recently exten­ded to 2025 through the AGOA Extension & Enhancement Act (AEEA). Mozambi­que has been eligible for AGOA since 2000. One of the additions to AGOA through the AEEA is language in the legislation that states countries should produce “AGOA Utilization Strategies” to take advantage of the benefits. Accordingly, this...

16 May 2018