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Uganda Pushing for AGOA III

Uganda Pushing for AGOA III

The benefits of AGOA are "clear for all to see," the Mauritian Minister of industry and international trade said December 9 as he thanked the United States on the part of all Africans for enacting such historic trade legislation.Speaking at the third United States, Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum on AGOA at the State Department's Loy Henderson Auditorium, Cuttaree said AGOA has increased job creation in Lesotho, Swaziland, Senegal, Uganda and Mozambique and has allowed families to raise their standard of living and to...

09 December 2003
U.S. Needs New Trade Policy Like AGOA III

U.S. Needs New Trade Policy Like AGOA III

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Mauritian Minister of Industry and International Trade Jayen Cuttaree praised the effectiveness of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and called for its enhancement in the form of AGOA III.They made their remarks December 9 as they jointly opened the third meeting of the United States-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum at the State Department's Loy Henderson Auditorium.In his remarks, Powell reiterated President's Bush's strong commitment to Africa and the AGOA process,...

09 December 2003
U.S. Sec. Powell And Mauritian Minister Cuttaree Open Third Agoa Forum

U.S. Sec. Powell And Mauritian Minister Cuttaree Open Third Agoa Forum

The runaway success of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has affirmed its place as the "cornerstone" of the U.S.-Africa trade relationship, says Stephen Hayes, president of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA).In the first three quarters of 2003, trade under AGOA amounted to more than $10.2 billion -- a 59 percent increase over the same period last year -- Hayes said December 8 at the opening of the 2003 Private Sector Session of the Third U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum."The significant capital...

09 December 2003
US Officials Underline Pres. Bush's Strong Commitment to Africa

US Officials Underline Pres. Bush's Strong Commitment to Africa

There is an undercurrent of growing concern among supporters of the African Growth and Opportunities Act (Agoa) about the legislation's future. As key Agoa meetings get underway in Washington, D.C., advocates of the Act - which gives African countries privileged access to U.S. markets - claim there is only weak support in the Bush Administration for extending the measure beyond its present expiration of 2008.On November 25, Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, offered a bill (S. 1900) to...

09 December 2003
US Hosts African Trade Meeting Next Week

US Hosts African Trade Meeting Next Week

Kenyan Trade and Industry minister Mukhisa Kituyi will today be a key speaker at a Washington conference on the future of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).The two-day event, in which members of President George W. Bush's cabinet are also taking part, will focus on the provisions of the US preferential trade scheme for Africa that may endanger the economic gains Kenya has made.The US State Department estimates that 30,000 Kenyans hold jobs directly related to the three-year-old initiative. Another 150,000 Kenyans are said to work...

08 December 2003
Trade Tensions Emerge As AGOA Praised

Trade Tensions Emerge As AGOA Praised

A U.S. congressman says he is proposing legislation that would enable participants in the African Growth and Opportunity Act program to share in the benefits accorded to free trade agreement partners of the United States.America needs to implement a new trade policy -- one that is forward-looking for the 21st Century while being grounded in what's best for people and nations and not what's merely expedient -- Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott told those gathered at the 2003 Private Sector Session of the Third U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade...

08 December 2003
US Congressman Says FTA Partners Should Share Benefits With AGOA Countries

US Congressman Says FTA Partners Should Share Benefits With AGOA Countries

America needs to implement a new trade policy like AGOA III -- one that is forward-looking for the 21st Century while being grounded in what's best for people and nations and not what's merely expedient -- Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott told those gathered at the 2003 Private Sector Session of the Third U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum.Speaking December 8 to an audience of ambassadors, ministers and business executives in Washington, McDermott said: "We need to practice international trade policy for a new...

08 December 2003

"Trade Liberalisation Not an End in Itself" - Zambian Industry Minister

The US government confirmed yesterday that ministers from 38 African countries will gather in Washington DC next week, for trade meeting.Imports to the US from African countries, excluding oil, jumped 50% last year, and in South Africa, sub-Sahara's most important economy, exports of automobiles have increased sixteenfold in the past two years.In Lesotho, new export-oriented garment factories have created 25 000 jobs - and for the first time in its history, private sector manufacturing employment, thanks to trade, exceeds government...

04 December 2003
kenya Lobbies for Agoa Deal in New York

kenya Lobbies for Agoa Deal in New York

Last week, Rosa Whitaker, the Ugandan Government's American consultant on benefiting from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), disclosed some encouraging news.A new bill is before the US Congress seeking to extend trade concessions for selected African countries involved in the exports of textiles/garments to the US.Originally, the US only gave these countries up to 2005 to enjoy the duty/quota-free protection under AGOA. The proposed changes seek to push this peroid to 2015.Central to this proposal is that many investors say it is...

04 December 2003
AGOA: Nigerian Manufacturers Urged to Upgrade Quality of Products

AGOA: Nigerian Manufacturers Urged to Upgrade Quality of Products

Despite the promises of virtually unlimited duty-free access to the United States market for apparels made in sub-Saharan Africa under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), textile companies in Nigeria are yet to take full advantage by exporting their products to that market.At a one-day seminar entitled, "International Trade: Updates and Opportunities," Ezekiel Onaolapo Okeniyi, the Customs Area Controller at Seme border, Badagry, noted that Nigeria has not taken full advantage of AGOA.According to him, recent studies in textiles...

02 December 2003
Wider US Growth Bill Good News for Exports

Wider US Growth Bill Good News for Exports

The African Growth and Opportunity Act III (Agoa III) was introduced into the US senate and house of representatives late last week, bringing it closer to be signed into law and ensuring long-term trade benefits for South African companies.If passed, the amendments to the partnership with more than 35 sub-Saharan countries, originally signed into law by former president Bill Clinton in 2000, will extend the deadline for preferential trade benefits from 2008 until at least 2015.Agoa's favourable trade benefits were extended in Agoa II last...

01 December 2003
Kenya May Lose AGOA Market

Kenya May Lose AGOA Market

Countries belonging to the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), namely South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland steadily increased their exports to the US under AGOA for the year to September 2003. This is according to the latest trade data - denominated in US $ - released by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC). All five countries are AGOA-beneficiaries, and each has qualified under the “apparel provisions” which grants preferential market access also to garment exports.In terms of overall exports...

30 November 2003
US Move On Agoa Set To Boost Investment

US Move On Agoa Set To Boost Investment

Trade liberalisation is not an end in itself, commerce, trade and industry minister Dipak Patel has said.In a speech read for him by his deputy Eugene Appel at the opening of the 16th Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) intergovernmental committee of experts in Lusaka yesterday, Patel said trade liberalisation must be looked at as a means to sustainable development through investment.Patel said it was encouraging that national and regional consultations were undertaken towards the creation of a COMESA Common Investment...

29 November 2003
AGOA Experts Visit Cameroon Firms

AGOA Experts Visit Cameroon Firms

Manufacturers and exporters have been urged to work towards efficient expertise so as to ensure quality of finishing and acceptable packaging of products under AGOA.The presidential adviser on AGOA, Mrs. Modupe Sasore, stated this in a paper presented at the 2003 annual seminar/luncheon of the small and medium scale enterprises/distributive trade group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lagos.She disclosed that the responsibilities of manufacturers and exporters under AGOA include the ability to deliver orders (usually large...

28 November 2003
AGOA: Views from Nigeria

AGOA: Views from Nigeria

The proposed broadening of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which is now being considered by the US congress, could boost foreign investment in SA and other sub-Saharan countries, economists said. Prospects of much-needed foreign investment in the region and improved market access in the US for agricultural products were among several benefits the extended Agoa programme was expected to offer. "The proposed changes under Agoa III will be a major breakthrough for eligible African countries," said Henry Flint of Standard Bank's...

27 November 2003
Remarks in US House of Representatives on AGOA III

Remarks in US House of Representatives on AGOA III

In A move that could further bolster SA's exports to the US, the proposed expansion of the African Growth and Opportunities Act (Agoa) has been tabled in the US Congress.Agoa is estimated to have raised African exports to the US by 1000% since 2001 and created 60000 jobs.It allows for duty-free and quotafree access for more than 1800 products, such as automotive and textiles from SA and other sub-Saharan countries into the US.The new bill, known as Agoa III, proposes the extension of the programme from 2008 to at least 2015."We have been...

26 November 2003
Africa To Reap Benefits From New Agoa Agreements

Africa To Reap Benefits From New Agoa Agreements

Experts of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), recently visited some Douala based enterprises. The visit which took them to five business locations, was out to drill Cameroonian entrepreneurs on how to improve the quality and quantity of their products destined for American markets. Led by Mrs Jean Bolden, Senior Associate, Cyinthia, specialist in textile and Soppo Ngale, AGOA facilitator for Cameroon, the visit began with a stop over at the Batoula firm in Bonaberi where plastic bottles, mattresses, spunches and bed sheets are...

26 November 2003
US Socks. Made in Africa...

US Socks. Made in Africa...

An African trade forum is scheduled to take place in Washington DC on December 8 and 9.Sponsored by the Corporate Council on Africa and the US government, the forum will focus on expansion of trading opportunities for African exporters in America under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).It will specifically address under-supply of America's lucrative handicrafts market as well as the deepening of the textile, apparels and agricultural product market under the Act. The session will also focus on US government policies that impact...

24 November 2003
Coalition Launches Effort to Extend African Trade Benefits

Coalition Launches Effort to Extend African Trade Benefits

The proposed enhancement to the landmark U.S. trade partnership with more than 35 nations in sub-Saharan Africa known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) came a step closer to becoming law with its introduction in the Senate and House of Representatives November 20 and 21, respectively.S. (Senate) 1900 and HR (House of Representatives) 3572 -- bills collectively called AGOA III -- were part of a flurry of legislation that energized Congress prior to its Thanksgiving recess. Lawmakers in the House are running behind in passing...

24 November 2003
Agoa III Trade Bill Introduced in Congress

Agoa III Trade Bill Introduced in Congress

Kenya could lose its export quota under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) if it does not have a fully-developed cotton industry by the end of September next year. (This is assuming that proposed amendments to AGOA contained in the AGOA III bill currently before congress do not materialise. AGOA.info ed)Mr Finn Holm-Olsen, the Agoa Business Linkages Adviser for East Africa Trade Hub, told a weekend Inter-Region Economic Network workshop in Mombasa that countries wishing to export clothes to the US must have developed their own raw...

24 November 2003
Kenya Textile Exports to US Top Sh11b

Kenya Textile Exports to US Top Sh11b

There are socks, socks, and more socks everywhere at Network Knitwear Fabrics (NKF). NKF is a manufacturing and export company, located at the industrial and port city of Tema, 18km east of Accra (Ghana), established a year and a half ago. Its purpose is to take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), a US legislation designed to allow more than a thousand products, including textiles, to be sold in the United States without paying any tariffs. The socks originate semi-processed from the US. "When they arrive, the toes...

22 November 2003
Profile of SACU's Trade under AGOA

Profile of SACU's Trade under AGOA

This is a transcript of remarks made in the US House of Representatives on the presentation of the AGOA III Bill.SPEECH OF HON. JIM McDERMOTT OF WASHINGTON IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2003:Mr. McDERMOTT. Mr. Speaker, partisan divisions are common in the Congress, but a few issues regularly escape those boundaries. International trade typically is one of them. Although the votes that gave President Bush Trade Promotion Authority confirm that even international trade can be an intensely polarizing issue, it frequently...

22 November 2003
Washington  to Host AGOA Forum

Washington to Host AGOA Forum

Today, a group of Republican and Democratic Members of the House of Representatives joined Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) in introducing legislation to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). House Members joining the legislation include: Jim McDermott (D-WA), Edward Royce (R-CA), Charles Rangel (D-NY), William Jefferson (D-LA), and Richard Neal (D-MA).Upon introduction, Senator Lugar said, "This legislation recognizes the enormous potential for economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa. It embraces the vast diversity...

21 November 2003
Export Processing Zones Increase Kenya's Apparel Exports under AGOA

Export Processing Zones Increase Kenya's Apparel Exports under AGOA

"Figure for first nine months of 2003 already exceed last year's total", says envoy. SOUTH African exports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which grants preferential access to the US markets for some African goods, are up sharply, despite overall exports dropping 4,4% in 2002.Gillian Milovanovic, the charge d'affaires at the US embassy, said total exports from SA under Agoa for the first nine months of this year already exceeded the total figure recorded last year.Milovanovic said "many South African producers had adapted...

20 November 2003
Nigerian Customs Service Braces Up for AGOA

Nigerian Customs Service Braces Up for AGOA

Nigeria's Federal Government has reiterated its resolve to partner with the private sector to make the country take full advantage of Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), which can attract N20 million annually through the export of agricultural products.The special Adviser to the President on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Mrs Modupe Sasore, who made this declaration on Wednesday in Lagos at this year's seminar of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Trade Group of the LCCL said: "the government is repositioning AGOA for...

20 November 2003
More on Uganda's AGOA Factory...

More on Uganda's AGOA Factory...

The Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) will have to fight for certain provisions within the proposed free-trade agreement (FTA) that is currently being negotiated with the US, a (South African) Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official said yesterday.Speaking at a workshop on building business partnerships between South Africa and the US, the DTI’s director of the US Trade Division, Victor Mashabela, said special requirements of Sacu countries would not be “handed to them on a silver platter”.“At the last meeting, the US...

20 November 2003
SA's AGOA Exports to US Thriving, Says Envoy

SA's AGOA Exports to US Thriving, Says Envoy

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), says it is now prepared for the implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).The AGOA was initiated by the United States to enable African countries have un hindered access to American markets through the exportation of textiles, wearing apparels, footwear and some agricultural products.The Act was signed into law by former US President Bill Clinton on May 18, 2000 and was also aimed at creating a new US Africa partnership by promoting increased trade and other economic activities.NCS...

19 November 2003
Ugandan Bank to Enforce Tri-Star Terms

Ugandan Bank to Enforce Tri-Star Terms

THE Uganda Development Bank (UDB) will not re-schedule the Apparels Tri-Star loan repayment portfolio, the bank's executive in charge of investment, Dr. A.K. Apiah, confirmed yesterday.The bank is administering the loans from the Government estimated at US$3m (sh6b).Tri-Star got a loan of US$2.5m (sh5b) from UDB and an additional $500,000 (sh1b) from the same bank with the Government as guarantor.Apparels Tri-Star's managing director Veluppillai Kananathan has persistently pleaded with the bank to re-schedule the loan repayment, saying...

18 November 2003
Ugandan Apparel Firm in Trouble?

Ugandan Apparel Firm in Trouble?

Energy-related products exported under AGOA continue to account for the largest share of AGOA-eligible exports to the US this year. This is according to figures just released by the US International Trade Commission. For the year to September 2003, energy-related exports accounted for almost 80% of total exports under AGOA. This amounts to US$ 8.2bn worth of exports thus far in 2003 alone, which is almost the same value as total exports under AGOA for all product categories in 2002. Petroleum oils account for most exports in this product...

18 November 2003
Energy-Related Exports Continue to Dominate AGOA

Energy-Related Exports Continue to Dominate AGOA

Kenya is now ranked third in terms of apparel and textile exports to the United States.In April, the country overtook Mauritius to get behind Lesotho and South Africa, side by side with a 38 per cent increase in Africa's share of the US textile and apparel market - from 1.55 per cent of the total in first half of 2002, to 1.86 per cent between January and June.Kenya accounted for 13.2 per cent of the total square metres equivalent of the products sent to the US. The upsurge in the activity follows the accreditation of the country in 2000...

18 November 2003
Malawi Seeking Textile Investors

Malawi Seeking Textile Investors

The Malawian government is inviting investors to submit proposals to venture into textile manufacturing in that country following the operational problems that have rocked its leading textile manufacturing firm, Mapeto DWSM.Malawi has been relying on Mapeto DWSM, as the supplier of textile materials to garment manufacturers, to export to preferential markets mainly in the US under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).The former State-owned company, which used to be known as David Whitehead & Sons before being privatised last...

14 November 2003
Zambia's AGOA Manager Spells out the Country's Priorities

Zambia's AGOA Manager Spells out the Country's Priorities

Zambia's hope in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is in the horti- and floral culture sectors, AGOA Africa manager Moses Simemba said in an interview.Mr Simemba said there was a big market for flowers from Zambia in the United States market and his desk had been pushing the Zambia Export Growers Association (ZEGA) to take advantage of the situation."Some AGOA members have taken advantage of the facility and have made huge export earnings from the US market," he said.He cited Lesotho which had staggered its exports to about...

12 November 2003
Ugandan MPs Query AGOA Firm

Ugandan MPs Query AGOA Firm

Ugandan lawmakers have raised questions over the ownership of Apparels Tri-Star, the Ugandan apparel manufacturer subject to much negative publicity in recent weeks.Members of Parliament also questioned the perks that government has been giving the textiles firm, which exports garments to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.On the first day of Parliament after a month on recess, MPs were bound to ask questions about the affairs of the firm, which sacked 298 female employees, popularly known as Agoa girls, after...

05 November 2003
Nigerian Minister Urges Investors To Exploit AGOA

Nigerian Minister Urges Investors To Exploit AGOA

The Nigerian Minister of Commerce, Ambassador Idris Waziri, has called on investors and stakeholders to harmonise their operations to fully benefit from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).Ambassador Waziri made this call when he received the special assistant to the President on AGOA, Mrs. G.M. Sasore, yesterday in his office.He said that the stakeholders have a significant role to play in the take-off of AGOA, noting that it took the government two years to create the enabling Act and what remains is for the stakeholders to...

31 October 2003
' Ugandan Government Spent Sh5.8b On AGOA Factory'

' Ugandan Government Spent Sh5.8b On AGOA Factory'

The Ugandan Government reportedly spent sh5.8b to train over 1,000 girls at the Apparel Tri-Star factory state minister for information, Nsaba Buturo, said yesterday.The sum also included renovation of the former Coffee Marketing Board building housing the factory.He said the Government was investigating the allegations made by the girls against the management of Tri-Star and expects to complete the probe in a week's time.Addressing the weekly Government press briefing at Nakasero, Buturo dismissed claims by the chairman of the UPC...

31 October 2003
US Backs Trans-Kalahari Corridor Plan

US Backs Trans-Kalahari Corridor Plan

The US government announced yesterday that it supported the planned signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of the Trans-Kalahari Corridor (TKC).The deal will be signed on on November 3, 2003, at Namport in Walvis Bay, by Transportation Ministers from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.A similar event took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on October 8, 2003, with the signing of the Dar es Salaam Corridor constitution.Both these agreements were developed with the support of the US Agency for International...

31 October 2003
Indian Investors Eyeing Kenyan Textile Plant

Indian Investors Eyeing Kenyan Textile Plant

Investors from India are expected in Kenya this month to negotiate the revival of Rivatex Factory in Eldoret.Assistant Minister for Trade and Industry Petkay Miriti said another team from an American company, Progressive Ag. Co. LLC, is currently in Kenya to discuss revival of the factory.Miriti said the American company made a preliminary visit to Rivatex in August 2001 and expressed interest in reviving it.Miriti was answering a question by Mosop MP John Sambu (Kanu).Sambu wanted to know what steps the minister was taking to ensure Rivatex...

30 October 2003
US Lobbyists Want AGOA Extended

US Lobbyists Want AGOA Extended

US-based lobbyists are pushing hard for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), signed into law by former president Bill Clinton in 2000 and extended in 2002 by current incumbent George W Bush, to be extended.In a statement issued by the US embassy, former assistant US trade representative for Africa, Rosa Whitaker, said the Agoa 3 action committee wanted Africa's preferential US market access under Agoa extended to 2015 from 2008.The group also called for an end to uncertainties over what constituted Agoa-eligible garments, the...

27 October 2003
Ugandan Court Halts Dismissal of AGOA Workers

Ugandan Court Halts Dismissal of AGOA Workers

The Ugandan High Court yesterday stopped the dismissal of the striking girls at the Apparels Tri-Star factory.The company makes garments for export to the US under the Africa Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA).The interim order was issued by Justice Okumu Wengi after one of the girls and trade unionists filed an application. He said the dismissal would be valid only if Tri-Star paid the girls all outstanding dues and benefits and transported them back to their homes.About 1,400 girls work at the factory.Justice Okumu Wengi delivered the ruling...

24 October 2003
NEPAD May Stimulate Increased AGOA Participation

NEPAD May Stimulate Increased AGOA Participation

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) will create an environment conducive to the implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).The Nepad declaration and Agoa share a number of prin-ciples, US Embassy economic section deputy chief Alan Tousignant says. “We see Nepad, which is an African initiative by Africans, as a promising programme that encourages cooperation in order to improve the political, economic and social situation in Africa,” he says.On the issues of economic and corporate governance –...

24 October 2003
Nigerian Minister Says Africa Could Reap $60bn from AGOA

Nigerian Minister Says Africa Could Reap $60bn from AGOA

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Saidu Samaila Sambawa, has urged African countries to take maximum advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)He said that African countries could reap up to 60 billion dollars in trade with the U.S under AGOA.The minister was speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after participating in the UN General Assembly debate on economic growth of Africa.He explained that enormous labour and textile potential in the continent could form the basis of the new trade deal with the...

23 October 2003
How SA Can Enhance Trade With Africa

How SA Can Enhance Trade With Africa

For all its efforts to boost ties with the region and the continent, South Africa imported a minuscule 3% of its needs from other African countries during the first six months of this year. The balance of trade with Africa is weighted eight-to-one in South Africa’s favour, aggravated by the economic collapse of the country’s largest continental trading partner, Zimbabwe. South Africa’s traffic with Zimbabwe is starting to take on the complexion of emergency relief, with trade in vegetable products trebling in value between 1999 and...

23 October 2003
Problems at Ugandan Apparel Manufacturer

Problems at Ugandan Apparel Manufacturer

More than 1,000 young women who were on strike at a local textile factory have been fired.The firm, which produces and exports textiles to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA, has also been closed temporarily.The employees, believed to be more than 1,000, and popularly known as Agoa girls, were sacked following a two-day strike at the Apparel Tri-Star factory in Bugolobi, Kampala.The head of the company, Mr V. Kananathan, wrote to Dr David Ogaram, the commissioner for labour in the Ministry of Gender, Labour...

23 October 2003
AGOA Proponents Urge Wider US Market Access

AGOA Proponents Urge Wider US Market Access

Former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa Rosa Whitaker joined with members of the United States Congress, the Bush administration and influential representatives of the private sector to call for further enhancements to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) that was passed into law three years ago.Speaking on behalf of a group known as "The AGOA 3 Action Committee," Whitaker told a packed congressional briefing October 21, "We all have the common belief that the legitimate aspirations of African people for growth and...

23 October 2003
Civil Society's Voice At US Trade and Economic Cooperation Conference

Civil Society's Voice At US Trade and Economic Cooperation Conference

The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Civil Society Network Secretariat is coordinating Civil Society’s participation in the Third US - Sub-Saharan Africa Economic Trade and Cooperation Forum taking place December 9-10, 2003. To this end, the AGOA Civil Society Session will take place December 8-10, 2003 on the main campus of Howard University in Washington, DC.This is the second year of The AGOA Civil Society Session, and this year's theme is "The Next Step for Sustaining AGOA's Momentum: A Civil Society Perspective." This session...

21 October 2003
Agoa Offers Template For Growth

Agoa Offers Template For Growth

Countries that have taken advantage of the provisions of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), notably Lesotho and Swaziland, have enjoyed an enormous increase in formal employment. There are early indications Agoa is helping these states to climb a rung higher on the industrialisation ladder, and may offer other African nations a template for success. Agoa was ratified by the Bush administration in October 2000. In December 2000, President George Bush extended duty-free treatment under the generalised system of preferences (GSP) to...

21 October 2003
Kenya's Exporters Want Another Four-Year Apparel Treaty

Kenya's Exporters Want Another Four-Year Apparel Treaty

The Export Processing Zones want the African Growth and Opportunity Act renewed for another four years.The move would help create about 200,000 more jobs from the current 37,000, said the chairman of the Kenya Apparel Manufacturers Exporters Association, Mr Jaswinder Bedi.The current four-year treaty to export textiles to the US is scheduled to end in October next year.Mr Bedi urged the Government to help the EPZ negotiate with the United States for the extension of the treaty by another term."We are in a dilemma about what to do if the...

20 October 2003
SACU - US Trade Negotiations Beyond AGOA on Track

SACU - US Trade Negotiations Beyond AGOA on Track

THE Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and the US are ready for "real trade negotiations" following a successful round of talks in Washington last week, SA's chief trade negotiator Xavier Carim said last night.This means that it is still possible that the negotiations will be concluded on schedule at the end of next year.Carim, who had just returned from Washington, said that the latest round had been a "very good one" and the stage was set for serious nitty-gritty negotiations when both sides meet again in December."We are prepared to...

20 October 2003
Southern African Businesses test US Market

Southern African Businesses test US Market

Small businesses in Southern Africa are testing the United States as a market for a wide range of handmade products, from furniture and woven rugs to jewellery and garments. Samples of the work were shown last week at the US Chamber of Commerce, where exhibitors were seeking opinions from potential buyers and other producers on whether the products are fit for American markets or need improvement. The African exhibitors are hoping to cash in on an agreement between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa signed in 2000 that allows duty-free...

15 October 2003
Lesotho and Mr Price Have To Face Reality Soon

Lesotho and Mr Price Have To Face Reality Soon

Opinion&Analysis: The spat between the unions and organisations such as Mr Price needs a touch of reality. If such organisations are buying vast quantities of clothing from, say Lesotho, it is only because legislation permits it.I was chairman of the working group for trade protocol for Malawi and have insight into such oddities.Lesotho is a lesser developed country (LDC) as far as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) is concerned. For five years it can import fabric from wherever and sew it, qualifying as Agoa accepted.Back to Mr...

12 October 2003