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Members of Congress warn Trump not to push for plastic concessions in Kenya trade talks

Members of Congress warn Trump not to push for plastic...

Leading US politicians have urged President Trump to oppose the export of more plastic waste to Africa after an investigation by Unearthed and the New York Times revealed oil industry attempts to influence a US-Kenya trade...

02 October 2020 | Zach Boren
Tanzania: Key US Congress members raise concerns about elections and treatment of US investors

Tanzania: Key US Congress members raise concerns about...

The ranking Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa are packing a resolution urging the government of Tanzania to respect human and economic rights and to conduct free and fair elections on October...

01 October 2020
US warns Kenya over shilling manipulation

US warns Kenya over shilling manipulation

The US has warned Kenya against manipulation of the shilling against the dollar during the ongoing talks for a bilateral trade pact. The US is seeking an undertaking that Kenya will let market forces influence the rate of exchange of...

29 September 2020
Kingdom of Lesotho must seize textile manufacturing crown

Kingdom of Lesotho must seize textile manufacturing crown

The country has the right skills in place — now it just needs co-ordination and capacity. The health and economic crisis brought on by Covid-19 has had a global economic effect. From disrupted supply chains to restrictions on the...

25 September 2020 | MARIE-NOELLE NWOKOLO
US-Africa trade relations: 'Why is AGOA better than a bilateral free trade agreement?'

US-Africa trade relations: 'Why is AGOA better than a...

In recent months, the U.S. began negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement with Kenya. These negotiations are aligned with the current administration’s vision for trade reciprocity rather than unilateral trade preference...

24 September 2020 | Gracelin Baskaran
'Proposed trade between Kenya and US might bring more harm'

'Proposed trade between Kenya and US might bring more harm'

On February 6, President Uhuru Kenyatta met with US President Donald Trump at the White House. Following the meeting, the two presidents announced their aim to pursue a free trade agreement between the two countries. By March 2020,...

20 September 2020 | MUTHONI MATU
US sets lower annual apparel import cap under AGOA

US sets lower annual apparel import cap under AGOA

The US has set new lower annual limits on duty and quota-free imports of apparel articles assembled from regional and third-country fabric under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in the upcoming fiscal year. The new figures...

18 September 2020 | Leonie Barrie
AGOA Coalition warns Congress: Duty-free imports sought by US apparel makers would vitiate Africa trade

AGOA Coalition warns Congress: Duty-free imports sought...

AGOA Action Coalition letter to Congress on GSP modernization provisions The following letter was sent by the Agoa Action Coalition to the chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade Earl Blumenauer...

03 September 2020
Event: Live webinar on importing textiles and apparels into the US

Event: Live webinar on importing textiles and apparels...

Allfashion sourcing launches its first webinar in a series leading up to its virtual event in November. The webinar series is supported by the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub. Date: 24 August 2020Time:...

20 August 2020
'Kenya-US free trade talks are under way: what Nairobi must get right from start'

'Kenya-US free trade talks are under way: what Nairobi...

The United States and Kenya formally launched negotiations for a free trade agreement on 8 July 2020. With the US gearing up for presidential elections in a few months, these talks may not draw much global attention. But as a prototype...

18 August 2020
'Kenya-US FTA talks 1st round likely to conclude by Aug 14'

'Kenya-US FTA talks 1st round likely to conclude by Aug 14'

Kenya and the United States recently resumed trade pact talks after it was stalled for several weeks. The talks formally kicked off on July 8 but were stalled due to COVID-19 concerns among the team. The first round of the talks is...

10 August 2020
'Key areas of focus in building beneficial trade deal between Kenya, US'

'Key areas of focus in building beneficial trade deal...

Kenya and the United States of America (USA) formally launched negotiations on July 8 this year to seal a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). This will be first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. This follows the U.S.-Kenya Trade and...

06 August 2020 | Carole Karuga
Kenya-US trade talks resume after hitch

Kenya-US trade talks resume after hitch

Trade pact talks between Kenya and the US have resumed after stalling for several weeks, with the first round expected to be concluded in two weeks' time. Industrialisation, Trade and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina...

06 August 2020 | Martin Mwita
'Kenyan SMEs to win big if proposed FTA with the US is adopted' – AMCHAM

'Kenyan SMEs to win big if proposed FTA with the US is...

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will be some of the biggest beneficiaries of the Free Trade Agreement that is currently being negotiated between the governments of Kenya and United States. American Chamber of Commerce in Kenya...

03 August 2020
The US and Kenya launch negotiations on a free trade agreement. Will they succeed?

The US and Kenya launch negotiations on a free trade...

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration and Kenyan government launched trade negotiations in early July. Depending on the outcome of the negotiations, which were held virtually, the trade agreement could be the most...

30 July 2020 | Witney Schneidman and Brionne Dawson
'US-Africa trade will be positively impacted by AfCFTA' - CCA

'US-Africa trade will be positively impacted by AfCFTA' -...

The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is the leading business association focused solely on promoting business and investment between the United States and the African continent. In this time of pandemic, both the continent and the US...

30 July 2020
Will the US presidential elections impact South Africa’s economic recovery?

Will the US presidential elections impact South...

With over 6.29million recorded cases worldwide and over 380,00 deaths, its safe to say the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the globe as we know it. Although Africa has, for the most part, managed to avoid an exponential spread of...

27 July 2020 | David Koech
Mali qualifies for AGOA benefits, USTR notifies

Mali qualifies for AGOA benefits, USTR notifies

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently notified that imports of eligible products from Mali qualify for the textile and apparel benefits under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) beginning August 4 as...

25 July 2020
'The strategic importance of AGOA'

'The strategic importance of AGOA'

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a United States bipartisan trade legislation that was signed into law on May 18, 2000 by former US President Bill Clinton – it means AGOA is 20 years old this year. Initially, the Act...

13 July 2020 | Ehi Braimah
US, Kenya officially launch trade talks

US, Kenya officially launch trade talks

The United States and Kenya formally launched negotiations Wednesday on a bilateral trade deal, which the countries hope could be replicated across Africa. “Under President [Donald] Trump’s leadership, we look forward to negotiating...

09 July 2020
Joint statement between the United States and Kenya on the launch of negotiations towards a FTA [incl. video]

Joint statement between the United States and Kenya on...

Today, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization, Trade, and Enterprise Development Betty Maina formally launched trade agreement negotiations between the United States and the...

08 July 2020 | USTR
Kenya ‘raring to go’ on free trade deal with US, Uhuru says

Kenya ‘raring to go’ on free trade deal with US,...

Kenya’s negotiations with the US on an unprecedented two-way trade deal are on schedule to begin on July 7 despite difficulties posed by the coronavirus pandemic, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday. “Our team is raring to...

30 June 2020
COVID-19: Africa and the United States to remain key partners, says President Kagame

COVID-19: Africa and the United States to remain key...

A four-day leaders forum hosted by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) opened Tuesday with Rwandan President Paul Kagame saying Africa and the United States will remain key trade and investment partners post the crippling coronavirus...

24 June 2020 | Communications Section
Kenya: Plans to lift suspension on mitumba imports ban underway

Kenya: Plans to lift suspension on mitumba imports ban...

The government is at an advanced plan of lifting the suspension on importation of second hand clothes.  Trade Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina says her ministry and that of Health are drafting safety guidelines to guide the handling...

24 June 2020
Africa gearing up to finalize trade bloc while US eyes agreement with Kenya [Cal Chamber]

Africa gearing up to finalize trade bloc while US eyes...

Trade and investment opportunities in Africa are in the spotlight this summer as the African nations prepare for final implementation of their free trade area and the United States looks toward the start of discussions about a free trade...

23 June 2020 | Susanne T. Stirling