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'How the United States and Rwanda have fallen out over second-hand clothes' - BBC

'How the United States and Rwanda have fallen out over second-hand clothes' - BBC

US President Donald Trump's "America First" stance on global trade has hit Rwanda, by imposing tariffs on clothing exports from the tiny East African nation. The issue revolves around an obscure import, second-hand clothes, and Rwanda's refusal to back down from the fight.  When did the dispute start? In March 2018, the US gave Rwanda 60 days' notice that it would be suspending the landlocked country from selling clothes to America duty free - a status it enjoys under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).  Agoa is the...

28 May 2018 | Tara John
'AGOA still available for Nigeria till 2025' - Nigerian-American Chamber

'AGOA still available for Nigeria till 2025' - Nigerian-American Chamber

The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) says Nigerian exporters still have an opportunity to explore the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) till 2025. Speaking at the 2nd Edition of the African Food and Products Exhibition and Conference themed, ‘Non-Oil Exports’ Scaling up Productivity to Meet Global Demand’ in Lagos weekend, Olabintan Famutimi, president, NACC, noted that the United States had committed a lot of resources in capacity building to ensure the success of AGOA. Checks show that AGOA...

28 May 2018 | ODINAKA ANUDU
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