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AGOA textile visa stamp will benefit Nigerians

AGOA textile visa stamp will benefit Nigerians

Recently, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) AGOA Trade Resource Centre, Lagos, unveiled the AGOA Textile Visa Stamp. The Textile Visa Stamp, according to the NEPC, would enable garment manufacturers in Nigeria to have tariff...

21 May 2019
Ugandan exporters sensitized on export requirements to benefit from AGOA

Ugandan exporters sensitized on export requirements to...

The USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) partnered with the Uganda Parliament Speaker’s Office, the AGOA Country Response Office and AGOA Exporters Association, to conduct the Uganda Parliamentary AGOA Sensitization...

16 May 2019
Uganda parliamentary speaker rallies public to attend local AGOA expo

Uganda parliamentary speaker rallies public to attend...

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has highlighted that more needs to be done in creating awareness about the opportunities provided by the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). AGOA is a United States Trade Act, enacted on 18...

11 May 2019 | NIXON SEGAWA
South African firms to showcase their capabilities in the USA

South African firms to showcase their capabilities in the...

A South African delegation from the steel and fabrication; engineering and services; electro technical and services; and oil and gas sectors has arrived in Houston, Texas in the United States of America (USA) where they are showcasing...

08 May 2019
Kenya seeks to forge close security ties with US

Kenya seeks to forge close security ties with US

Kenya and the United States will continue to cooperate on security in the region, even as both sides focus on advancing economic ties. Ahead of the first Bilateral Strategic Dialogue in Washington on Tuesday, Kenyan government officials...

07 May 2019 | AGGREY MUTAMBO
Kenyan EPZ companies make Sh77.2 billion in sales

Kenyan EPZ companies make Sh77.2 billion in sales

Kenya’s Export Processing Zone-based (EPZ) companies raked in Sh77.2 billion in sales last year, being a 14.7 percent growth compared to Sh67.3 billion realised in 2017. Newly released official data shows that exports, which formed...

06 May 2019 | JAMES KARIUKI
Kenyan exports to the US under AGOA rose by 25% in 2018

Kenyan exports to the US under AGOA rose by 25% in 2018

Kenyan exports to the USA in the framework of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) rose by 25.8% in 2018, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) announced in a recent report. In the report, the KNBS indicates that these...

30 April 2019 | Moutiou Adjibi Nourou
Uganda crafts strategy to maximise potential of its apparel sector

Uganda crafts strategy to maximise potential of its...

Uganda is crafting a new strategy to revamp its cotton, textiles and apparel sector as part of efforts to tap into the booming global textiles and apparels market. The plans dovetail with similar efforts to refocus the under-exploited...

29 April 2019 | Michael Wakabi
Liberia Chamber of Commerce, USAID, conduct AGOA awareness seminar for the public sector

Liberia Chamber of Commerce, USAID, conduct AGOA...

The Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID,) West Africa ASSESS Project aimed covering the AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) benefits, product...

17 April 2019 | David Yates
Uganda: Government working on new AGOA strategy

Uganda: Government working on new AGOA strategy

Uganda will, before the end of April, reportedly launch a national strategy that will identify key products that Uganda can leverage on to improve its exports to US.  The strategy, whose formulation started in 2016, seeks to...

15 April 2019
Kenyan textiles maker seeking to expand through AGOA

Kenyan textiles maker seeking to expand through AGOA

Textiles maker Rivatex East Africa Ltd is eyeing regional and international markets with its planned Sh6 billion upgrade. The modernisation drive will increase cotton consumption from 10,000 bales per day against a projected capacity of...

14 April 2019
Kenyan flowers attract US buyers’ interest

Kenyan flowers attract US buyers’ interest

Eight Kenyan exporters of cut flowers made 78 linkages worth an estimated $259,000 at the World Floral Expo in Dallas, TX, USA. The firms were part of a delegation led by the Kenya Flower Council, a USAID Hub grantee. Their trip to the...

11 April 2019
S African access for US apple and blueberry exports might pave way for all South African citrus into US [+charts]

S African access for US apple and blueberry exports might...

At the citrus summit in Port Elizabeth last month, Nick Gutierrez, the CGA representative in the USA, put a number of reasons to delegates to explain why the final rule that would allow citrus from all of South Africa’s growing regions...

09 April 2019 | Carolize Jansen
Looking back: Unpacking the trends that shaped Africa’s business environment

Looking back: Unpacking the trends that shaped Africa’s...

2018 has been an interesting year for Africa, with various events and trends becoming visible. 2016 saw the effects of the slowdown of China’s economic growth due to its rebalancing of its economy and the end of the commodity price...

28 March 2019 | Johan Burger
Looking forward: US-Africa relations [incl. Video]

Looking forward: US-Africa relations [incl. Video]

Editor's Note: On March 26, 2019, Brahima Coulibaly testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. His written testimony on Africa's...

26 March 2019 | Brahima Sangafowa Coulibaly
Botswana: Textile sector upbeat, despite AGOA export collapse

Botswana: Textile sector upbeat, despite AGOA export...

The country’s textile and apparel exports to the United States under AGOA, fell to just $3,000 (P32,100) in 2018, the first numbers showing the impact of the relocation to Lesotho of the last exporting firm. Under the African Growth...

22 March 2019 | MBONGENI MGUNI
What having new US official for Africa means for the continent

What having new US official for Africa means for the...

While on a visit to Kigali, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr, the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, has introduced a new official and the role he will play on the continent. Nagy announced that Deputy Secretary of State...

13 March 2019
Africa in Focus: Is the US keeping pace in Africa?

Africa in Focus: Is the US keeping pace in Africa?

Editor's Note:  Below is a viewpoint from Chapter 6 of the  report, which explores six overarching themes on the triumphs of the past years as well as strategies to tackle the remaining obstacles for Africa.  What do...

04 March 2019 | Witney Schneidman
Possible US tariffs on car imports might mean job losses in South Africa

Possible US tariffs on car imports might mean job losses...

The decision by US president Donald Trump within the next three months on whether or not to impose tariffs on the imports of vehicles and their components will have a significant effect on SA, and could result in job losses.  US...

01 March 2019 | LINDA ENSOR
Fact sheet: The President’s trade agenda and annual report

Fact sheet: The President’s trade agenda and annual report

On March 1, 2019, the United States Trade Representative released President Trump’s 2019 Trade Policy Agenda and Annual Report, outlining how the Administration’s trade policies are benefitting American workers, contributing to the...

01 March 2019
‘Nigeria will benefit more from AGOA before scheme expires’

‘Nigeria will benefit more from AGOA before scheme...

Recently, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) under its African Growth and Opportunity Act Trade Resource Centre (AGOA-ATRC) organised a one day workshop for export ready and potential exporters in Kano. NEPC, the Federal...

16 February 2019 | Omolara Akintoy
Sierra Leone to launch its AGOA response strategy

Sierra Leone to launch its AGOA response strategy

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), an initiative of the United States Government, allows low-income countries to access the US market on very favourable trade terms.  The implementation of the new AGOA Strategy will...

11 February 2019 | Zainab Iyamide Joaque
'Trump’s Africa surprise'

'Trump’s Africa surprise'

Africa has generally ranked near the bottom of US foreign policy priorities. Historically, two-term presidents have waited until their second term to establish their legacies on the continent, and many one-term presidents have neglected...

04 February 2019 | JONATHAN GASS
Building Africa’s manufacturing strength in the textile and clothing sector

Building Africa’s manufacturing strength in the textile...

The rise of the fast fashion industry in the past few years has brought in its wake a booming trade of second-hand clothing. Today, millions of people around the world donate clothes with the understanding that they will support the...

31 January 2019 | Emanuela Gregorio
New: AGOA themed guides and infographics

New: AGOA themed guides and infographics

The AGOA.info Exporter Toolkit resources have been enhanced through the addition of brochures and infographics on AGOA-related subjects.  This includes many 'national' AGOA country brochures that provide an overview of a country's...

25 January 2019