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South Africa: Western Cape an exception amid signs of recovery in agriculture

South Africa: Western Cape an exception amid signs of...

It is often said the macroeconomic standing of the agricultural sector has diminished, an argument supported by the sector’s declining share of GDP, which fell from 4.2% in 1996 to 2.3% in 2015. However, what is not captured in this...

24 May 2017 | WANDILE SIHLOBO AND TINASHE KAPUYA
Empowering the Nigerian T\textile industry

Empowering the Nigerian T\textile industry

Nigeria’s textile and apparel industry covers the entire clothing value chain, and has a strong potential for growth due to availability of cotton and the country’s large market-size represented by over 170 million inhabitants, who...

19 May 2017 | Peter Uzoho
South Africa is on notice – Opinion piece

South Africa is on notice – Opinion piece

The South African government’s increasingly protectionist stance risks damaging the country’s international trade and investment relationships, say experts. According to Peter Leon, partner and Africa co-chair at Herbert Smith...

18 May 2017 | Prinesha Naidoo
Kenya rules out banning of second-hand clothes

Kenya rules out banning of second-hand clothes

Kenya has backed away from plans to impose a ban on second-hand clothes in a move officials say will leave local textile dealers at the mercy of market forces. Industrialisation secretary Adan Mohamed told reporters in Beijing that...

18 May 2017
South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under pressure before 2025, trade expert warns

South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under...

A leading trade expert is urging those South African businesses currently benefiting from preferential market access to the US under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) to begin to “wean” themselves off such benefits, owing...

17 May 2017 | Terence Cremer
Three reasons economic investment in Africa benefits the United States

Three reasons economic investment in Africa benefits the...

On former President George W. Bush’s trip this month to Africa, he underscored the importance of sustaining American foreign assistance programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. He pointed to the success of health programs like PEPFAR and Pink...

02 May 2017 | Natalie Gonnella-Platts and Laura Collins
Nigeria: AGOA a vital boost for Aba leather, garment cluster

Nigeria: AGOA a vital boost for Aba leather, garment cluster

In a bid to enhance the industrial value of manufacturers in Abia State, Fidelity Bank, in collaboration with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and Ghana-based West African Trade and Investment (WATI) hub recently held a...

27 April 2017 | Amby Uneze
The attraction of textile manufacturing in Ethiopia

The attraction of textile manufacturing in Ethiopia

Ethiopia attracted foreign investments of US$1.2 billion in the first six months of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, dominated by Chinese companies. The investment is helping Ethiopia develop as a manufacturing hub for the global textile...

26 April 2017 | Matthew Newsome
AGOA CSO spring conference update

AGOA CSO spring conference update

The 3rd Annual AGOA Civil Society Organization Network Spring Conference under the theme "The Future of AGOA under the Trump Administration and 115th Congress of the United States" took place on April 20, 2017 at the Embassy of the...

24 April 2017
Kenya offers textile firms tax incentives to create jobs

Kenya offers textile firms tax incentives to create jobs

Kenya has started offering tax incentives to clothing companies, a key part of its under-performing manufacturing sector, to create jobs and provide affordable new clothes for shoppers. Executives in the textiles industry said the...

22 April 2017
Kenya: 'AGOA doubts cut US exports by 12%'

Kenya: 'AGOA doubts cut US exports by 12%'

The volume of apparel shipped to the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) declined by 12.1 per cent last year even as uncertainty clouds the 17-year-old preferential pact under President Donald Trump. The 2017 Economic...

21 April 2017 | LYNET IGADWAH
US Ambassador to Togo to visit Alaffia factory ahead of AGOA summit

US Ambassador to Togo to visit Alaffia factory ahead of...

US Ambassador David Gilmour, who represents the United States in the nation of Togo, will travel to Tumwater April 11-13 to tour the headquarters of natural body care products company Alaffia. The company has been selected to present...

12 April 2017
Nigeria: Abia State to establish 9,000-hectare free trade zone

Nigeria: Abia State to establish 9,000-hectare free trade...

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia on Tuesday said that the state would establish a 9,000- hectare free trade zone at its boundary with Rivers. Ikpeazu made this known when Chief Olabitan Famutimi, the National President of Nigerian-American...

11 April 2017
'Trump and America can win by doing more business with Africa'

'Trump and America can win by doing more business with...

The United States and sub-Saharan Africa do tens of billions of dollars in trade together each year. While some regions in the world are disturbed by President Trump’s “America first” stance, most exports coming from Africa to the...

08 April 2017 | ERIC IDIAHI
Nigeria: Experts canvass measures to boost non-oil export through AGOA

Nigeria: Experts canvass measures to boost non-oil export...

Nigeria’s current economic situation, particularly the disparity between naira and U.S. dollar present huge opportunities that must force government and stakeholders to boost non-oil exportation through  the African Growth...

06 April 2017 | Kingsley Jeremiah
Mauritius: Business minister urges SMEs to maximise AGOA benefits

Mauritius: Business minister urges SMEs to maximise AGOA...

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) offers a duty-free access to the largest market in the world. Although it has the potential to be a major driving force in African development, the AGOA has been under utilised. With the...

06 April 2017
Nigeria: Export partners sensitize Aba shoe/garment makers on AGOA

Nigeria: Export partners sensitize Aba shoe/garment...

The importance knowledge and readiness to take advantage of opportunities has been described as imperative, especially in boosting the capacity of small businesses in mobilising scarce foreign exchange. Fidelity Bank Plc, in...

04 April 2017 | Chijioke Nelson
American foreign policy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Where to from here?

American foreign policy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Where to...

Following Donald Trump’s surprise election in late 2016, the relative stability of American foreign policy on the continent has been called into question. Apart from Trump’s general unpredictability and lack of clarity on policy...

29 March 2017 | Rafael Friedman
Malawi: Expert calls for SMEs’ consortium to better utilise AGOA

Malawi: Expert calls for SMEs’ consortium to better...

An expert on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) has called for the need to have a consortium to help in meeting the demand for local products on the international market. This comes at a time when Malawi producers are failing to meet...

29 March 2017 | LUKE BISANI
'For African countries, innovation must trump our focus on trade'

'For African countries, innovation must trump our focus...

Africa is overwhelmingly the poorest region in the world. In 2015, after more than a decade of the “Africa Rising” narrative, the region’s GDP was around $1.6 trillion, barely 2% of global GDP. The same year, Africa (including...

15 March 2017 | Efosa Ojomo
'Moves to push for new US-Africa trade policy'

'Moves to push for new US-Africa trade policy'

The President of US-Africa Business Centre at the US Chamber of Commerce, Mr Scott Eisner, has expressed the resolve of the chamber to make Africa the frontline of President Donald Trump’s administration in terms of trade...

14 March 2017 | MACLEAN KWOFI
'Meet the woman considered an architect of AGOA'

'Meet the woman considered an architect of AGOA'

The hard-won African Growth and Opportunity Act allows duty-free exports to the U.S. from eligible African countries, and it remains a controversial trade agreement, but it has changed the conversation about U.S.-Africa trade,...

11 March 2017
'Open Letter to African Economic and Trade Ministers: There’s a Trump in your future, like it or not'

'Open Letter to African Economic and Trade Ministers:...

Given the new sheriff in town in Washington, and his strong ideas about trade, J. Brooks Spector believes it is the right time for African nations to come together to define their agenda on trade issues with America – before the Trump...

09 March 2017 | J Brooks Spector
East Africa: 'Plan to ban used clothes, shoes puts AGOA gains at risk'

East Africa: 'Plan to ban used clothes, shoes puts AGOA...

East Africa's eligibility to retain duty-free access to markets in the United States under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) is at risk following concerns raised by Washington about the bloc's decision to phase out the...

08 March 2017 | Christabel Ligami
Future of AGOA 'uncertain in Trump era'

Future of AGOA 'uncertain in Trump era'

What will trade with Africa look like under a Trump presidency? African leaders are concerned that the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA, will be on the chopping block under Trump and that the continent itself will not be a...

04 March 2017 | David Love