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South Africa: 'Not time to be inward-looking'

South Africa: 'Not time to be inward-looking'

Spare a thought for Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, who will have a tough job convincing the US not to impose possible export duties on vehicle and component exports. He has already lost the battle to have SA excluded from US...

18 July 2018 | BD Editorial
US duties to knock South Africa's AGOA exports

US duties to knock South Africa's AGOA exports

South Africa has raised its concern with the US government about possible duties on vehicle and vehicle component imports, pointing out that their imposition on South African exports would significantly erode the benefit the country is...

16 July 2018 | Linda Ensor
SA Minister Davies: Steel and aluminium exports to US no threat to national security

SA Minister Davies: Steel and aluminium exports to US no...

South Africa’s steel and aluminium exports to the United States does not pose any threat to US national security, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Davies was speaking during bilateral meetings in Washington DC with US...

15 July 2018
Kenya banks on Rivatex factories, high-yield seeds to revive textiles

Kenya banks on Rivatex factories, high-yield seeds to...

Kenya is banking on the modernisation of Rivatex factories and the adoption of high-yielding seeds to revive the ailing cotton sector. Through the upgrade, whose cost will add up to Sh3 billion by the end of the year, the textile firm...

15 July 2018 | STANLEY KIMUGE
Nigeria-American Chamber working with stakeholders to promote AGOA

Nigeria-American Chamber working with stakeholders to...

Joyce Akpata, director-general of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC), has said the chamber is working closely with relevant stakeholders to promote the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Akpata, who stated this at...

14 July 2018 | ODINAKA ANUDU
South Africa: AGOA remains critical in developing regional value chains in Africa

South Africa: AGOA remains critical in developing...

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies participated in the opening day of the 17th Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum being held in Washington DC from 11-12 July 2018 under the theme “Forging New Strategies for...

13 July 2018 | DTI press release
SA Rob Davies fights possible US tariffs on automotive products [Video]

SA Rob Davies fights possible US tariffs on automotive...

SA has raised its concern with the US government about possible duties on vehicle and vehicle component imports, pointing out that their imposition on South African exports would significantly erode the benefit the country is meant to...

13 July 2018
Kenya: Supply delays ‘derailing' AGOA

Kenya: Supply delays ‘derailing' AGOA

Delays in fulfilling orders were cited on Tuesday as the chief reason for Kenya's inability to take greater advantage of its apparel industry's duty-free access to the US market. Jas Bedi, the head of Kenya's Export Promotion Council,...

11 July 2018 | KEVIN J. KELLEY
Statement of USTR Robert Lighthizer at the opening plenary of the 2018

Statement of USTR Robert Lighthizer at the opening...

Welcome to this year’s AGOA Forum.  I am pleased to be with you all this morning.  The theme for this AGOA Forum is “Forging New Strategies for U.S. – Africa Trade and Investment.”  I’d like to spend my time...

11 July 2018 | USTR
Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at the AGOA Forum

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at...

DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Robert, for that kind introduction, and good morning, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be with you this morning. On behalf of Secretary Pompeo, I’m honored to welcome you to the State...

11 July 2018 | www.state.gov
US State Dept: Forging new strategies for US-Africa trade and investment

US State Dept: Forging new strategies for US-Africa trade...

This year the U.S Department of State is proud to host the 17th annual African Growth and Opportunities Act Forum, commonly known as AGOA, from July 11-12 in Washington, DC. This year's theme   "Forging New...

11 July 2018 | Bianca Corgan
Kenya eyes bigger pie of US trade plan AGOA to increase exports

Kenya eyes bigger pie of US trade plan AGOA to increase...

Kenya's trade officials have said they will be taking steps to expand exports and raise the country's share of new investments during the second edition of Trade Week at the end of this month. Trade Principal Secretary Chris Kiptoo said...

10 July 2018
US to initiate ‘exploratory talks’ on post-AGOA model at AGOA Forum

US to initiate ‘exploratory talks’ on post-AGOA model...

United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer will use this week’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) Forum in Washington DC to initiate “exploratory talks” with African governments on...

10 July 2018 | Terence Cremer
Trade and industry minister leads SA delegation to AGOA Forum

Trade and industry minister leads SA delegation to AGOA...

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies leaves on Sunday night for Washington DC in the United States for the 17th Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) forum from July 11 to 12, the trade and industry department (DTI) said. The Agoa...

09 July 2018
US steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business

US steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for...

“The U.S. needs to step up its game in Africa,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in Accra, Ghana, Thursday in an expected and welcome assessment.  The secretary was in Ghana to close out the...

07 July 2018 | K. RIVA LEVINSON
Namibia encouraged to make more use of AGOA

Namibia encouraged to make more use of AGOA

THE United States of America's ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson has encouraged Namibian businesses to make use of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), also known as the Trade...

06 July 2018 | NAMPA
Brookings Event: Re-examining trade with Africa under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement

Brookings Event: Re-examining trade with Africa under the...

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) is a groundbreaking achievement in African diplomacy, trade, and economic development. The potential to cover 1.2 billion people and over $4 trillion in combined consumer and business...

06 July 2018
USTR initiates annual AGOA eligibility review

USTR initiates annual AGOA eligibility review

Summary: This notice announces the initiation of the annual review of the eligibility of the sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The AGOA Implementation Subcommittee...

06 July 2018
The 2018 AGOA Forum: A turning point for US-Africa commercial relations?

The 2018 AGOA Forum: A turning point for US-Africa...

The 2018 AGOA Forum —named for the African Growth and Opportunity Act passed in 2000 and extended three years ago to 2025—could be a turning point in U.S.-African commercial relations. AGOA abolished import duties on more...

06 July 2018 | Witney Schneidman and Landry Signé
US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, announces $1 billion in deals during Africa mission

US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, announces $1...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and a delegation from the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) announced over $1 billion in private-sector deals during their mission to four sub-Saharan...

06 July 2018
Kenya: Textile exports to the US stagnate, but macadamia exports up

Kenya: Textile exports to the US stagnate, but macadamia...

Kenya's sales of macadamia nuts to the United States have soared in recent years, while textile exports have stagnated, according to new African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) data. The US imported $52 million (Sh5.2 billion) worth...

02 July 2018 | KEVIN J KELLEY
'Africa matters: Why the US should bolster its trading relationships with African countries'

'Africa matters: Why the US should bolster its trading...

This post is part of a series highlighting the four-nation President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) fact-finding mission led by the Secretary of Commerce and the Under Secretary of Commerce for the...

02 July 2018 | Laura Lane
Nigerian exporters must benefit from AGOA before 2025—Minister

Nigerian exporters must benefit from AGOA before...

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, has said Nigeria needs to utilise the next seven years to take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Enalama, who was represented by a Principal...

29 June 2018
Nigeria-America Chamber vows to increase Nigeria’s non-oil export through AGOA

Nigeria-America Chamber vows to increase Nigeria’s...

The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) says it hopes to expand Nigeria’s non-oil export to the United States through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The chamber, which stated this during its 57th annual...

11 June 2018 | ODINAKA ANUDU
Rwanda: Government to pay taxes for affected AGOA exporters

Rwanda: Government to pay taxes for affected AGOA exporters

To ensure Rwandan exporters are not significantly affected by the anticipated suspension of duty-free access to the US market under the AGOA framework, government has decided to take over the resultant tax obligations. This follows the...

11 June 2018 | Collins Mwai