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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
US announces a review of South Africa's place in its biggest preferential trade scheme (GSP)

US announces a review of South Africa's place in its...

The United States plans to review South Africa's eligibility to participate in its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the largest and oldest American scheme to allow duty-free imports from less developed countries. The...

26 October 2019
SA agro-processing products on show in the US

SA agro-processing products on show in the US

As part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) efforts to create market access for South African value-added products in the North American market, 17 South African agricultural companies are currently on an Outward Selling...

16 October 2019
USAID Southern Africa to support upcoming Swakopmund international trade expo

USAID Southern Africa to support upcoming Swakopmund...

The USAID/Southern Africa will collaborate with the government and the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) for the upcoming 7th Swakopmund International Trade Expo (SWAITEX). Dr Takele Tassew, Agriculture and Trade Advisor...

03 October 2019 | Donald Matthys
Report calls for joint marketing of EAC as investment destination and eradication of NTBs

Report calls for joint marketing of EAC as investment...

A report of the recently concluded high level conference on trade integration notes that there is a downward trend on the profile of the East African Community (EAC) as an attractive investment destination. The report calls for the EAC...

28 September 2019 | George Mangula
Blog: 'It’s Time for AGOA 2.0'

Blog: 'It’s Time for AGOA 2.0'

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is set to expire in 2025. That may be the distant future for some but given the time required to pass trade legislation in the U.S. Congress, it’s the functional equivalent of tomorrow’s...

25 September 2019 | Witney Schneidman
Kenya: Businesswomen urged to form joint ventures to exploit US market

Kenya: Businesswomen urged to form joint ventures to...

Kenyan businesswomen have been urged to form joint ventures with American partners to exploit the US market and take advantage of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). This was said during a US-Kenya business and networking...

17 September 2019 | James Wanzala

 

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Botswana: AGOA dream dims for local textile sector

Botswana: AGOA dream dims for local textile sector

Local textile and apparel producers appear to be giving up hope of exporting to the United States under the duty-free AGOA provisions, preferring instead to focus on the local and regional markets, BusinessWeek has established. AGOA is...

30 August 2019 | MBONGENI MGUNI
'Beyond AGOA – Prosper Africa'

'Beyond AGOA – Prosper Africa'

The 18th AGOA Forum that took place earlier in August was once again a reminder to business not only to make the most of AGOA, but also to start thinking beyond it. South Africa, along with the majority of countries in sub-Saharan...

21 August 2019 | Karen Bosman
Kenya: Riddle of jobs boom in export zones amid gloom in economy

Kenya: Riddle of jobs boom in export zones amid gloom in...

If your perception of Kenya’s labour market is that of a glass half empty, you could blame it on recent media headlines. But if you want to see it as a glass half full, then you might want to walk up to the offices of Export...

20 August 2019 | Dominic Omondi
Nigeria can harvest $2bn from yearly spices export

Nigeria can harvest $2bn from yearly spices export

Professor Haruna Dikko Ibrahim is the Director-General Raw Material Research and Development Council (RMRDC) Abuja. In this interview, he explains the huge potentials Nigeria can generate from the export of...

18 August 2019 | Hussein Yahaya
A look back on the East Africa USAID Hub as the project comes to an end

A look back on the East Africa USAID Hub as the project...

After five years, the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub), a USAID project, is coming to a close. This is an expected end as USAID projects typically run for five years. Since the USAID Hub began in 2014, we have been...

14 August 2019
US-African trade lagging despite free access

US-African trade lagging despite free access

Trade between the US and sub-Saharan Africa is in the doldrums despite a 2000 US law designed to boost access to the US market, a conference in Ivory Coast has been told. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which in 2015 was...

08 August 2019
Joint statement between the US and the African Union concerning the development of the AfCFTA

Joint statement between the US and the African Union...

Deputy United States Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney and African Union Commission Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga today signed a joint statement concerning trade between the United States and the African Union at...

08 August 2019 | USTR
AGOA closing remarks by the US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Nagy

AGOA closing remarks by the US Assistant Secretary for...

Bonjour tout le monde. C’est un grand honneur de conclure officiellement le Forum AGOA 2019 à Abidjan.  Tout d’abord, je voudrais remercier le gouvernement ivoirien d’avoir accueilli le forum de l’AGOA. I’m especially...

07 August 2019
South Africa: AGOA's positive impact felt in the Cape

South Africa: AGOA's positive impact felt in the Cape

Two hundred and twenty years ago, the second US President John Adams sent an American, John Elmsie Jr, to Cape Town to serve as the first US government diplomatic representative to the Cape of Good Hope.  Elmsie’s presence was...

07 August 2019 | Virginia Blaser
Africa wants one trade deal with the US, the US wants many

Africa wants one trade deal with the US, the US wants many

The US and Africa have different views on their future trade relationship when a preferential access deal expires in 2025. US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy said in an interview Sunday his country...

06 August 2019 | Katarina Hoije
Remarks of Ambassador C.J. Mahoney at the 2019 AGOA Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Remarks of Ambassador C.J. Mahoney at the 2019 AGOA Forum...

Deputy United States Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney delivered the following remarks at the opening ceremony of the 2019 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum: Good morning President Ouattara, esteemed Ministers and heads of...

05 August 2019 | USTR
South Africa: African free-trade deal can help boost exports to the US, says Patel

South Africa: African free-trade deal can help boost...

The continent has the opportunity to align the new deal with plans to increase access to US markets.  The establishment of an African free-trade zone will enable the continent to speak with one voice and potentially boost exports...

04 August 2019 | BEKEZELA PHAKATHI