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President Bush Signs Extension of Africa Trade Law

President Bush Signs Extension of Africa Trade Law

Praising the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as a law that "has been beneficial to the people of the continent of Africa and to the people of the United States of America," President Bush signed legislation July 13 that reauthorizes AGOA until 2015 and extends the expiration dates for a number of its key provisions."Like all good partnerships, AGOA has been beneficial to all parties. Free trade between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa has created jobs, wealth, and opportunity on both continents," said Bush, who was flanked...

13 July 2004
Cameroon: Cocoa Business Blooms under AGOA

Cameroon: Cocoa Business Blooms under AGOA

Florizelle Liser has spent twenty years developing and implementing policy at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). She currently serves as assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, leading U.S. negotiations on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) and the proposed Free Trade Agreement with the five-nation Southern African Customs Union (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland). In the 1970s, Liser was a founding member of TransAfrica Forum. She spoke to AllAfrica's Margaret McElligott...

03 July 2004
Statement On the Passage of Agoa Acceleration Act of 2004

Statement On the Passage of Agoa Acceleration Act of 2004

Efforts are being made by several organisations to improve bilateral trade on other products.A Commercial Specialist in the American Embassy says Cameroon coffee has since 2000 not found a place in the American market. Jean Paul Yana made the declaration at a press conference organised by the American Embassy, in collaboration with officials of the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Chambers of Commerce and the American Business Association (ABA). The press conference which took place at the Press Relations Office in Yaounde...

02 July 2004
AGOA Acceleration Act Extends Trade Package for Africa

AGOA Acceleration Act Extends Trade Package for Africa

The US Senate's move allowing African countries to continue exporting garments to the United States duty free until 2015 has given a new lease of life to Southern Africa's textile industry, a senior official told IRIN on Thursday.Last week the Senate extended the provisions of the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) from 2008 to 2015 by endorsing the AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004, also known as AGOA III. AGOA III makes provision for African countries to continue importing "third party" raw materials for a further three years. Most...

01 July 2004
Ambassador Zoellick hails passage of Agoa III legislation

Ambassador Zoellick hails passage of Agoa III legislation

After intense lobbying from various stakeholder groups, AGOA III has finally been passed by both the US House of Representatives and the Senate. US President George Bush, who had on various occasions expressed his desire to extend the trade preferences offered to Africa, subsequently wrote the latest amendments into law on 13 July 2004. Despite wide bi-partisan support among US lawmakers, it took almost a year for these amendments to be passed. Earlier versions of the proposed AGOA III legislation, including H.R. 3572 and S. 1900, were...

29 June 2004
Southern Africa: Relief for Textile Manufacturers

Southern Africa: Relief for Textile Manufacturers

We are very pleased, indeed relieved, with the unanimous Senate passage of the legislation extending AGOA - namely, the third country fabric provision which expires on September 30, 2004; and the overall benefits which expire in 2008: A number of other benefits and incentives are also included in the bill.It would be recalled the House was the pacesetter in this exercise, having approved an extension by voice voted on June 14, 2004, through overwhelming bipartisan support. Spurred by this dramatic move Senators Grassley and Baucus,...

29 June 2004
Sullivan Foundation Applauds Congressional Passage of AGOA

Sullivan Foundation Applauds Congressional Passage of AGOA

SA's exports to the US rose 30% in value during April compared with the same month last year, with the trade balance between the two countries continuing to grow into a healthy surplus in SA's favour."The trade balance for April this year at $245m was 80% higher than April last year, in SA's favour," said the South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) in its monthly report on SA-US trade released at the weekend. The chamber attributed the strong rise in April exports to about $478000 to continued growth in exports of precious metals and...

28 June 2004
US-Southern African Trade Deal Sidelines AGOA

US-Southern African Trade Deal Sidelines AGOA

The US Senate has voted to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act to 2015, giving a new lease of life to Kenya's garment exporters.Trade and Industry minister Mukhisa Kituyi yesterday announced that the Bill only awaited the signing into law by President George W. Bush who, he said, was expected to do so by next week. "Agoa's extension will boost investors' confidence in Kenya, especially in the Export Processing Zones, and will allow the country to build capacity in the cotton and textile industry," he added.Agoa became law in 2000...

26 June 2004
Kenya Presses Economic Reforms, Seeks AGOA Extension

Kenya Presses Economic Reforms, Seeks AGOA Extension

Statement of Robert B. Zoellick, U.S. Trade Representative, regarding the Congressional passage of legislation extending the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) late Thursday. "Late last night, the Senate unanimously approved legislation extending the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) -- an important trade preference program designed to help sub-Saharan Africa develop and grow economically. "The House of Representatives passed identical legislation earlier this month."The AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004 fulfills President Bush's...

25 June 2004
US Senator Lugar Applauds Passage of African Trade Bill

US Senator Lugar Applauds Passage of African Trade Bill

.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar applauded unanimous Senate passage of the third installment of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA III)."The AGOA laws have strengthened trade ties between the United States and African nations," Lugar said. "The experience of AGOA has taught us valuable lessons about the path to enhanced investment and economic development. Passage of AGOA III enables us to build upon the initial success begun under the original AGOA legislation." In an effort to encourage timely passage,...

25 June 2004
US Republican Royce Applauds Senate's Passage of AGOA Extension

US Republican Royce Applauds Senate's Passage of AGOA Extension

The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation congratulates the U.S. Congress for approving the latest African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) legislation. The Senate passed the bill by voice vote last night, and the House of Representatives passed the bill, also by voice vote, last week. President George W. Bush is expected to sign the new AGOA into law after the July 4th holiday."This legislation indicates the extraordinary attention now being placed on U.S.-Africa by the American government and the American people," said Hope Sullivan, President and...

25 June 2004
AGOA's Term to Be Extended

AGOA's Term to Be Extended

Statement by Robert B. Zoellick US Trade Representative June 25, 2004, regarding the Congressional passage of legislation extending the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) late Thursday.Late last night, the Senate unanimously approved legislation extending the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) -- an important trade preference program designed to help sub-Saharan Africa develop and grow economically.The House of Representatives passed identical legislation earlier this month.The AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004 fulfills President...

25 June 2004
AGOA III Bill Still to Pass Through Senate

AGOA III Bill Still to Pass Through Senate

Since the election at the end of 2002 of Mwai Kibaki as president of Kenya, replacing Daniel Arap Moi, the new government has embarked on an ambitious program of reform that has helped spark an economic revival. A key player on Kibaki's economic team is Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, the minister of Trade and Industry. On route home from last week's United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Kituyi stopped in Washington to meet with Bush administration officials and lobby members of Congress for an extension of the African Growth and...

22 June 2004
USTR Stresses the Need to Focus On Finished Items

USTR Stresses the Need to Focus On Finished Items

US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick urged Senate Democrats on Thursday not to play «political games» with a bill to extend textile and other trade benefits for sub-Saharan African countries until 2015.The House of Representatives passed the legislation earlier this week on voice vote in a sign of broad support for the African Growth and Opportunity Acceleration Act.A bipartisan group of senators - including Republican leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota - swiftly introduced the same...

19 June 2004
SA Textile Body Seeks US Trade Opening

SA Textile Body Seeks US Trade Opening

The US Assistant Trade Representative for Africa, Florizele B. Liser, said last week that African countries supplying products to the US market through AGOA would benefit more by focusing on finished items.Speaking at a press conference held last Friday at Sheraton Addis, Liser said that countries would take better advantage by supplying value added products other than unfinished commodities. "It is better to send pineapple juice than pineapple," she addedLiser said that there is a consensus in the US today to extened the duration ofAGOA for...

18 June 2004
AGOA III - USTR Zoellick Urges Not to Stall Africa Trade Bill

AGOA III - USTR Zoellick Urges Not to Stall Africa Trade Bill

Although the United States congress has voted for the extension of Africa Growth and Opportunity (AGOA 3) to 2015, the Bill still has to go through senate who may veto it.Speaking in an interview, spokesman for the Southern African Global Competitiveness Hub in Gaborone, Erran Prisely said that though the vote is big news, the party is not yet over as the bill has to pass through the senate who may reject it. "It is big news and the bipartisan support is a good sign," Prisely said on Wednesday.On Monday the house voted to extend a trade...

18 June 2004
White House Statement on Administration Policy: AGOA III

White House Statement on Administration Policy: AGOA III

South Africa's continued exclusion from key " third-country" provisions in the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) is hampering the local clothing industry's exports to the US, and poses a threat to job creation.The warning on jobs came from Export Council for the Clothing Industry chairman Jack Kipling. South African trade negotiators are now being urged to ensure local manufacturers are given the same benefits enjoyed by their peers in Southern African Customs Union states.The third-country provision allows clothing exporters in...

17 June 2004
First Hurdle: US House of Representatives Passes AGOA III

First Hurdle: US House of Representatives Passes AGOA III

Issued by the Executive Office of The President, Office of Management And Budget.The Administration strongly supports House passage of H.R. 4103, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Acceleration Act of 2004, which would extend and enhance AGOA enacted in 2000. AGOA is the centerpiece of the Administration's trade and investment policy to enhance U.S.-African trade, spur regional economic development, encourage economic and political reforms, alleviate poverty in sub-Saharan African countries, facilitate the region's integration...

15 June 2004
AGOA Extension Awaits US Congress Approval

AGOA Extension Awaits US Congress Approval

Today, the House unanimously passed legislation [H.R. 4103] to extend and modify the trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), landmark trade legislation first passed in 2000 to develop a trade relationship between the United States and the nations of Sub-Saharan Africa. As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa and an original co-sponsor of the legislation, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA-40) applauded its passage and called on the Senate to take immediate action on the legislation."In a short few years, AGOA has...

14 June 2004
Cameroon: Business Delegation leaves for Washington

Cameroon: Business Delegation leaves for Washington

US trade representative says there will be no immediate extension to the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) facility until Congress approves.According to the Africa Economy Magazine, US assistant trade representative Florizelle Liser told African trade ministers during a consultative meeting in Mombasa, Kenya recently that the extension to the AGOA facility was dependent on a favourable response from the American Congress.She said a bill on the AGOA extension would have to be tabled before Congress.Ms Liser said "The American legislators...

13 June 2004
Uganda's Apparels Tri-Star Invited to Zambia

Uganda's Apparels Tri-Star Invited to Zambia

A Cameroonian Business Delegation leaves the country today to join their counterparts from Ghana, Benin, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal for a two-week trade mission and training programme in Washington DC from June 12 to 20, 2004.The Trade Mission has been organised by the Graduate School of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in partnership with the AGOA Training Center-Africa (ATCA) and the technical support of the Cameroonian Ministry of Industrial and Commercial Development.The Training Programme is taking place within the...

11 June 2004
AGOA and BEE complementary’

AGOA and BEE complementary’

Zambian president Patrick Levy Mwanawasa has invited the Apparels Tri-Star managers to set up a similar plant in Zambia.Mwanawasa, who was accompanied by his wife and his economic adviser, Dr. Moses Banda, was yesterday guided around the Bugolobi plant by Tri-Star managing director Vellipillai Kananathan. Uganda's presidential adviser on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Susan Muhwezi, was there."I am very delighted with what I have seen in Uganda, especially the factory. I do invite you to come and set up the same facility in...

10 June 2004
Zambia:

Zambia: "Relax Agoa Rules"

Congressional passage of the latest version of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), called AGOA III, is critical to maintain the forward momentum of business-led growth in Africa, a continent that could be left behind by increased trade competition if not given the economic kick-start the bill offers, says former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for Africa Rosa Whitaker.Whitaker, who has often been called "Ms. AGOA" because of her tireless efforts in creating and passing the original bill in 2000 when she was a government...

07 June 2004
Uganda to Reap Big From Organic Exports

Uganda to Reap Big From Organic Exports

Uganda could take advantage of the niche market for organic products that exists in the United States of America. The African Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa) consultant, Ms Rosa Whitaker, said last week that the market would benefit Uganda significantly because of higher average prices for organic commodities."Although, the organic industry in Uganda is in a nascent stage, Uganda is Africa's primary organic producer, with more than 100,000 hectares of certified farmland, productive coffee, cotton, pineapples, bananas, sesame, dried fruits, and...

02 June 2004
Uganda: US an important Niche Market for Organics

Uganda: US an important Niche Market for Organics

"AGOA is in shambles" commented an African diplomat following a recent rally in the Senate that featured the rock star Bono and bevy of influential legislators. What should have been have been a shot in the arm for the passage of pending AGOA legislation instead revealed the degree to which this effort is in peril.The key aspect of the legislation is the extension of the provision that enables the less developed AGOA-eligible African countries to export to the U.S., duty and quota free, apparel containing fabric from non-AGOA countries. This...

02 June 2004
AGOA III Withers at Bush Administration and Senate Indifference

AGOA III Withers at Bush Administration and Senate Indifference

The government has called on the United States government to relax rules on the importation of cotton and coffee and other products for Zambia's participation in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to be meaningful.Speaking in Lusaka recently, Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Dipak Patel said relaxing the rules on coffee, cotton and other agricultural products would broaden Zambia's trade participation."There are a lot of rules on agricultural products, especially phytosanitary rules. The US government should consider relaxing...

02 June 2004
Ugandan exports grow 129% on back of AGOA

Ugandan exports grow 129% on back of AGOA

(Analysis) Mauritius has failed to benefit from AGOA in sectors other than the textile and clothing industries, according to recently released trade data by the United States International Trade Commission. This data indicates that despite AGOA’s ostensibly broad product coverage, the country’s exports are still largely concentrated in the garment industry which in 2003 accounted for 90% of exports to the US. (For a disaggregated trade profile, click here). Over the first three months of 2004, this proportion crept up further to 91% of...

01 June 2004
Uganda: US Senator Asks for Authentic Products

Uganda: US Senator Asks for Authentic Products

Ugandan producers are poised to benefit from a multi-billion dollar organic foods market in the United States following the launch of 'Uganda: The garden of Africa,' a new initiative marketing Uganda's organic products there.Emmy Olaki reports that although Uganda's organic industry is still in the nascent stage, Rosa Whitaker, a former trade assistant in the US government recently said Uganda is Africa's primary organic producer, with more than 100,000 hectares of certified farmland producing cotton, coffee, sesame seeds, dried fruit,...

01 June 2004
Kenya: Textile Industry Has Benefited From AGOA

Kenya: Textile Industry Has Benefited From AGOA

So Rosa Whitaker has been at Munyonyo, where African finance ministers have been spending a lot of taxpayers' money on the pretext of looking for solutions to Africa's trade-related economic problems.Ugandans should have a special interest in Ms Rosa Whitaker; not only because she was the assistant United States trade representative to Africa when AGOA sounded like a sub-county in heaven, but also because through her company, the Whitaker Group, she was later to be employed by the Uganda government as the country's AGOA consultant, some kind...

31 May 2004
AGOA Vital to Africa's Trade Growth

AGOA Vital to Africa's Trade Growth

The African Growth and Opportunities Act (Agoa) and black economic empowerment (BEE) share many common goals, the US Embassy’s economic officer, Alan Tousignant, said at the Metropolitan BEE Conference and Expo last week.Following the establishment of Agoa in 2000, discussions are currently under way, in Washington, to finalise Agoa III.Tousignant pointed out that the first part of the Act, the ‘Trade Policy for Sub-Saharan Africa’, describes the findings of Congress, and a statement of policy by Congress. These sections deal with...

31 May 2004
On the Mark: Rosa Whitaker, 3; Museveni, 1

On the Mark: Rosa Whitaker, 3; Museveni, 1

Visiting US senator, Mary Landrieu has said Americans want authentic African products."People in the US want products from countries like Uganda. But they have to be of very good quality," she said.Landrieu, who represents Louisiana, made the remarks yesterday at the Phenix Logistics Uganda Limited factory at Kibira Road in Kampala. US ambassador Jimmy Kolker accompanied her.She said on return to USA, she would lobby the senate to have the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) extended for a longer period.Uganda exports various materials...

29 May 2004
Uganda: AGOA Budget Cut Worries Whitaker

Uganda: AGOA Budget Cut Worries Whitaker

UGANDA's exports to the United States have more than doubled in the last year, rising to $35m in 2003, up from $15.2m in 2002, an American consultant has said.Exports in 2001 to the US were $17.8m, Rosa Whitaker, president of the Whitaker Group, and a former assistant US trade representative for Africa said.The increase, which represents a 129% rise, she said, was because of the opportunities provided by the duty and quota-free African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) which started in 2000."Uganda started late on AGOA, but we are pleased...

28 May 2004
Mauritius: AGOA Benefiting only the Textile-Clothing Industry

Mauritius: AGOA Benefiting only the Textile-Clothing Industry

The much-hyped recovery of the manufacturing sector remained muted during the year, with output expanding by a mere 1.4 per cent, against 1.2 previously.And just some 11,990 workers are estimated to have landed jobs on the country's factory floors, pushing the total number employed by manufacturers to 241,754 persons. Even then, there were some bright spots like the Export Processing Zones (EPZs) which - helped by a near-captive US market under the Agoa (African Growth and Opportunity) privileges - welcomed Sh15.7 billion in new investment...

28 May 2004
Lesotho Traders Lead the Way

Lesotho Traders Lead the Way

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Consultant Ms Rosa Whitaker has said the proposed budget cut on AGOA initiative by the committee on budget will deal a blow to the economy.The committee on budget has recommended that the AGOA budget be cut. Whitaker who was responding to questions during a press conference, which she addressed yesterday at AGOA offices in Kampala, said cutting the budget would create more unemployment for the next generation."I respect the MPs decision and the sovereignty of this country. But cutting the budget...

27 May 2004
AGOA III Bill Delay

AGOA III Bill Delay "Will be Bad for Africa"

Amid concern that key provisions of the African Growth and Opportunity Act will expire later this year unless Congress votes an extension, supporters have issued a plea for public pressure on Congress.U.S. government estimates suggest that hundreds of thousands of current and prospective jobs in some of Africa's poorest countries are at stake. Advocates of the extension say the next few days are critical to extending the legislation in time to prevent erosion of major gains it has fostered.The legislation, popularly known as AGOA, which has...

21 May 2004
Inaction by Senate Democrats Said to Threaten Extension of Key Africa Legislative Initiative

Inaction by Senate Democrats Said to Threaten Extension of Key Africa Legislative Initiative

In a remark at an Ethio-American Business Community Forum luncheon held the previous Thursday at the Hilton, Ambassador Aurelia E. Brazeal, said that she hoped to see Ethiopian entrepreneurs and the public at large significantly increase their share of the benefits from AGOA in the next couple of years. Under the AGOA textile and apparel visa arrangements, Ambassador Brazeal said, beneficiary countries can export handloomed, hand-made and folklore articles to the US but the eligible products must be determined through bilateral consultations...

21 May 2004
Ethiopia: US Ambassador Hoping for Significant Increase in Share of Agoa Benefits

Ethiopia: US Ambassador Hoping for Significant Increase in Share of Agoa Benefits

Lesotho tops the African list of clothing exporters to the United States of America, US government statistics released in Maseru show. The US Embassy in Maseru released the statistics, showing that Lesotho is a major beneficiary of the US's Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA). It ranks among the largest exporters in Africa to the United States, and is Africa's eighth largest exporter to the United States. "Total exports from Lesotho to the United States grew from US322-million in 2002 to over US393-million in 2003, a 22 percent...

21 May 2004
Uganda: Buyers Want AGOA III

Uganda: Buyers Want AGOA III

African economies could face serious problems if the passage of the proposed enhancement of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or Agoa III, was delayed beyond September 30.US assistant trade representative for Africa Florizelle Liser told a House subcommittee last week the extension was needed to preserve emerging African economies. According to the Bureau of International Information Programmes of the US Department of State, chairman Ed Royce asked the subcommittee what would happen if the provision in the last Agoa bill were allowed...

19 May 2004
US Trade Official Cautions Congress Against Delaying Agoa III Bill

US Trade Official Cautions Congress Against Delaying Agoa III Bill

Foreign buyers of local textiles under the African Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA) want the US Congress to pass the AGOA3 Bill faster."Every buyer in the US is holding back because we do not know what will happen after 2007. There is uncertainty about whether the Bill is going to be signed or not," Jack Budhrani, Apparel Tri-Star garment buyer said on Wednesday.The AGOA3 clause allows sourcing of raw materials like fabrics from third party countries for manufacturing of garments in countries benefiting from the US quota and tariff-free...

14 May 2004
Mauritius: Talks On Zimbabwe And AGOA With the US

Mauritius: Talks On Zimbabwe And AGOA With the US

Special presidential assistant on AGOA, Susan Muhwezi is keeping her fingers crossed that the US Congress passes the AGOA III Bill which seeks to extend the overall programme from 2008 to 2015.The Bill also seeks to extend third country fabric provision for three years, from September 2004 to 2007, including a phase down of benefits in year three. The Congress is expected to approve the Bill within one to two weeks time.Under the current law, least-developed AGOA beneficiary countries can use third country fabric in qualifying apparel until...

13 May 2004
Tanzanian EPZ still has only 3 Factories

Tanzanian EPZ still has only 3 Factories

The United States of America is in the process of extending the eligible exports products from 2008 to 2015 through the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA).COMESA head of AGOA Moses Simemba said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the bill had already been brought to congress and the hearing would be done soonHe said that the extension would address structural laws of non- eligible products such as hand made fabrics and yarn, as at the moment only machine made fabrics were AGOA eligible.He said the new agreement would make it possible...

13 May 2004
Lesotho to host Textile Conference

Lesotho to host Textile Conference

The advisory board set up in 2002 to deal with bottlenecks in the container supply chain has notched up some major successes, co-chairperson Captain Dave Rennie said on Tuesday. When the board, drawn from government departments, parastatals and the private sector, was formed, the Durban terminal had been operating at an average 12 moves an hour, a figure which was now closer to 20. This would "ramp up" even more with the installation of planned new cranes, he told a media briefing in Cape Town. He warned however that government had to...

12 May 2004
Good News for South Africa's Ports

Good News for South Africa's Ports

Mauritian Prime Minister Paul Berenger is to discuss Zimbabwe and the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) with US President George Bush in Washington on Wednesday, a senior official told IRIN."As Mauritius assumes the chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in August, Zimbabwe is one of the likely issues to be raised. The issue has been blocked for some time, with SADC countries holding a position contrary to the one held by the Commonwealth and the developed countries on Zimbabwe," Kewe Chung, an advisor to...

12 May 2004
Zambia: US to Extend Eligible Exports Products

Zambia: US to Extend Eligible Exports Products

African economies could face serious repercussions if passage of a proposed enhancement of the African Growth and Opportunity Act known as AGOA III is delayed beyond September, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa Florizelle Liser told the House Africa Subcommittee May 11. Chairman Ed Royce (Republican of California) asked what would happen if the provision in the last AGOA bill that allows least-developed countries duty-free export into the U.S. market of apparel made with fabrics from another country were allowed to expire.Liser...

12 May 2004
Uganda: Africa awaits AGOA III

Uganda: Africa awaits AGOA III

One year after Tanzania launched its export processing zones (EPZs), only three licensed operators have effectively started producing goods for export to the US under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).According to the National Development Corporation (NDC), a government agency responsible for the development of EPZs, the first factory to come on line at the EPZs was Nida Textile Mills, located in Tabata Industrial Area along the Nelson Mandela Highway.The other two are Star Apparels (T) Ltd and Reclaimed Appliances Ltd, both...

10 May 2004
Extending AGOA Called Vital to Africa's Prosperity

Extending AGOA Called Vital to Africa's Prosperity

Congressmen who have contended fiercely over economic and foreign policy issues this election year took turns praising a trade bill they say will help Africans grow their export sectors and lead to increased standards of living on the continent. An uncommon degree of bipartisanship as well as urgency dominated the House Ways and Means Committee as it held a "markup" or amendment hearing May 5 on H.R. 4103, The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Acceleration Act.The committee members voted unanimously to forward the bill to the full...

06 May 2004
Swaziland: Prime Minister Seeks AGOA Extension

Swaziland: Prime Minister Seeks AGOA Extension

There will be no reprieve for a decades-old international textile quota system that is due to wind up at the end of this year, despite pressure by US and other textile industries for an extension, a senior World Trade Organisation official said yesterday. "It's a deal that's already been done. It can't be undone," said Cheidu Osakwe, director of the WTO's textile division, in a speech to trade policy specialists in Washington. As the deadline approaches, textile industries in both rich and poor countries have become increasingly fearful...

30 April 2004
AGOA III testimony before US Ways & Means committee

AGOA III testimony before US Ways & Means committee

The African continent is at a crossroads - with one path leading to economic prosperity and growth and the other leading to greater despair, hunger, conflict, disease and environmental degradation - said Representative Ed Royce (Republican of California) April 29 as he testified in support of "AGOA 3," an extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The path to prosperity, Royce said, is the path of AGOA, the U.S.-Africa trade law that "has managed to draw hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign investment to the continent,...

30 April 2004
WTO Rejects 2005 Textile Quota Reprieve

WTO Rejects 2005 Textile Quota Reprieve

As the Chairman of the Africa Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA-40) testified at today's Ways & Means Committee Trade Subcommittee hearing focusing on the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Following is his statement:.....Thank you Chairman Crane for inviting me to testify before your Subcommittee on H.R. 4103, the 'AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004.' [ Note: HR 4103 is available for download in AGOA.info's 'Legal Documents' Download Archive - see link above ] As one of its original co-sponsors, I've enjoyed working with your...

29 April 2004
'Unique' bipartisanship marks committee action on AGOA III

'Unique' bipartisanship marks committee action on AGOA III

The Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC) is holding a conference on 14-15 May 2004 in Maseru to address the problems currently facing the textile industry. Government officials and industrialists are expected to come from Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana and Kenya for the conference which coincides with an international trade fair. The conference will focus on four themes: productivity, human resource management and industrial relations, compliance with customer codes of conduct and HIV/AIDS in the textile industry. While...

29 April 2004