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US seeks companies’ views on trade pact with Kenya

US seeks companies’ views on trade pact with Kenya

President Donald Trump’s administration has asked American and Kenyan firms to share their views on the proposed fresh free trade window as it lays grounds for the pact. The call follows last week’s announcement that the two...

25 March 2020 | BRIAN NGUGI
Kenya: 'US cranks up trade deal with Kenya'

Kenya: 'US cranks up trade deal with Kenya'

Kenya's deal with the US for a Free Trade Agreement is taking shape with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notifying Congress officially of a plan that is likely to threaten the unity of the East African Community. In...

25 March 2020 | Luke Anami
Trump administration notifies Congress of intent to negotiate trade agreement with Kenya

Trump administration notifies Congress of intent to...

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today notified Congress that the Trump Administration will negotiate a trade agreement with Kenya. “Under President Trump’s...

18 March 2020 | Robert Lighthizer
Nigeria and the benefits of reviving cotton sector

Nigeria and the benefits of reviving cotton sector

In the 1980s and 1990s, Nigeria had, unarguably, one of Africa’s largest textile industry with over 180 textile mills functioning optimally, employing close to over 450,000 workers and contributing in excess of 25 per cent of the...

18 March 2020 | Idris Hassan
Op-Ed: 'As it plans a new free trade deal with the US, Kenya must watch its steps'

Op-Ed: 'As it plans a new free trade deal with the US,...

In January, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and his US counterpart Donald Trump announced their intention of signing a free trade agreement between the two countries. This would be the second such bilateral agreement with an African...

26 February 2020 | ALOYSIUS UCHE ORDU
A deal is as good as local content laws that back it

A deal is as good as local content laws that back it

There has been disquiet over the fact that Kenya and the US have initiated talks that should culminate in the signing of an exclusive trade deal between the two, an agreement touted as the model the US will adopt in its trade relations...

22 February 2020 | TOM MSHINDI
Namibia: Meatco hailed for beef export success … ‘nothing good comes easy’

Namibia: Meatco hailed for beef export success …...

Minister of International Relations and Corporation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah yesterday hailed the exportation of Namibian beef to the United States, describing it as a “great achievement” in the advancement of the country economic...

21 February 2020
'A note to Kenya on its trade talks with the US: There is strength in numbers'

'A note to Kenya on its trade talks with the US: There is...

The recent announcement by the US and Kenya that they will initiate negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) has elicited concern within the African trade community. Although the process, road map and end date of these negotiations...

20 February 2020 | MUKHISA KITUYI
Former US negotiator: US-Kenya deal could spur regional value chains

Former US negotiator: US-Kenya deal could spur regional...

A trade deal with the U.S. could help both Kenya and its neighbors in the East African Community by fostering the development of regional value chains, a former U.S. trade official tells Inside U.S. Trade. “I think it’d be really...

10 February 2020 | Anshu Siripurapu
President Trump announces intent to negotiate trade agreement with Kenya

President Trump announces intent to negotiate trade...

President Donald J. Trump today announced the United States intends to initiate trade agreement negotiations with the Republic of Kenya following a meeting at the White House with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.  “Kenya is a...

06 February 2020
Kenya risks AU wrath as it seeks solo deal with America

Kenya risks AU wrath as it seeks solo deal with America

Kenya has broken ranks with other African countries as it pushes for a bilateral trade agreement with the US. The move, analysts reckon, could cause a diplomatic headache for East Africa’s leading economy. President Uhuru Kenyatta is...

31 January 2020 | Frankline Sunday and Wainaina Wambu
US chooses Kenya for bilateral trade deal

US chooses Kenya for bilateral trade deal

The Trump administration has tapped Kenya as the first sub-Saharan nation to start talks with the US on a bilateral trade deal, the Bloomberg News agency reported on Tuesday. The prestigious designation is expected to be announced...

30 January 2020 | KEVIN J. KELLEY
South Africa GSP country review hearings: programme and witness list

South Africa GSP country review hearings: programme and...

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OFFICE OF THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE PUBLIC COUNTRY PRACTICE HEARING U.S. GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES (GSP) Held at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 1724 F Street, N.W. Washington...

29 January 2020 | Regulations.gov
South Africa will caution Trump on ‘premature’ trade review

South Africa will caution Trump on ‘premature’ trade...

South Africa’s government will tell President Donald Trump’s administration that its review of a preferential trade agreement that could put as much as $2.4 billion in exports at risk is premature and potentially damaging...

29 January 2020 | Prinesha Naidoo
US, Kenya reportedly to start trade talks seen as template for Africa

US, Kenya reportedly to start trade talks seen as...

The U.S. and Kenya are expected to announce negotiations on a free-trade agreement next week, America’s first such deal with a sub-Saharan country, a person familiar with the plans said. The Trump administration wants the accord to be...

29 January 2020 | Jenny Leonard and David Herbling
Cameroon, CAR, Gambia, Niger see US AGOA status changes

Cameroon, CAR, Gambia, Niger see US AGOA status changes

Cameroon will lose its preferred trade status under the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on January 1, following a US decision to revoke its status because of its human rights record. The October decision was confirmed...

31 December 2019
US retailers rally to 'close trade margins in Africa and Haiti'

US retailers rally to 'close trade margins in Africa and...

US retailers and clothing brands are asking Congress to demolish the bipartisan foundation of our groundbreaking economic partnership with Africa, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a uniquely bipartisan effort to help unlock...

11 December 2019 | Rosa Whitaker and Gail Strickler
US-Ghana trade deepens as 2019 local AGOA Expo ends

US-Ghana trade deepens as 2019 local AGOA Expo ends

The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) has ended its Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) trade Expo with a high-powered business to business meeting which saw over 50 African American businesses strike business deals with...

11 December 2019 | Charles Ayitey
Federal Register - South Africa GSP Review dates

Federal Register - South Africa GSP Review dates

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is announcing a hearing for the GSP country practice reviews of Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Georgia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, South Africa, and Uzbekistan, and the country...

19 November 2019
Mali obtains third-country-fabric eligibility under AGOA's apparel provisions

Mali obtains third-country-fabric eligibility under...

The US has designated West African country Mali as a lesser-developed beneficiary country under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The decision was included in a presidential proclamation outlining a number of changes to the...

05 November 2019
Trump ends trade benefits for Cameroon over ‘persistent human rights violations’

Trump ends trade benefits for Cameroon over ‘persistent...

President Trump said he will soon ax Cameroon from a trade program that allows African countries to sell goods to the United States on a duty-free basis, citing “persistent human rights violations” in a letter to Congress on...

02 November 2019 | Danielle Paquette
Trump scraps trade benefits for Cameroon over rights abuses

Trump scraps trade benefits for Cameroon over rights abuses

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would end Cameroon’s preferential trade benefits from Jan. 1, citing what he called the African country’s “persistent gross violations of internationally recognized human...

01 November 2019
AGOA eligibility of Cameroon - message to Congress by the White House

AGOA eligibility of Cameroon - message to Congress by the...

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES In accordance with section 506A(a)(3)(B) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2466a(a)(3)(B)), I am providing notice of my intent to terminate the designation of the Republic of Cameroon...

31 October 2019 | The White House
SA business organisation asks president to delay enactment of two Bills to ensure continued US trade benefits

SA business organisation asks president to delay...

Business organisation Sakeliga has requested President Cyril Ramaphosa to delay the enactment of two Bills of Parliament, which it says could potentially jeopardise 40% of South Africa’s exports to the US. The relevant Bills...

28 October 2019 | SIMONE LIEDTKE
R35 billion in South African exports to the USA are at stake in a 'review' just triggered by SA's copyright reform efforts

R35 billion in South African exports to the USA are at...

South African exports to the United States worth some R35 billion last year will be at stake when the Office of the United States Trade Representative launches a review of SA's eligibility for duty-free imports under the US system...

27 October 2019