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Kagame explains Rwanda’s formula in luring investors

Kagame explains Rwanda’s formula in luring investors

President Paul Kagame has shared tactics Rwanda applies to lure investors during the Corporate Council on Africa Presidential Dialogue on the Future of US-Africa Business. The dialogue brought together CEOs, decision makers and heads of...

20 September 2017 | Jean de la Croix Tabaro
US raises annual AGOA quota for qualifying textiles

US raises annual AGOA quota for qualifying textiles

The US has set new 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 are...

20 September 2017 | Leonie Barrie
'Strict AGOA rules put African policies and trade on the line' - Columnist

'Strict AGOA rules put African policies and trade on the...

South Africa’s trade deal with the US, under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), may have its benefits, however, overall it is heavily skewed in favour of the US. South Africa’s strategy of pursuing a “developmental...

19 September 2017 | William Gumede
Kenyan flower exporters prepare to seize US market opportunities

Kenyan flower exporters prepare to seize US market...

On September 14, the USAID East African Trade and Investment Hub held a Kenya Flower Stakeholders Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss U.S. market opportunities for Kenyan floriculture exporters. A total of 50 floriculture value chain...

14 September 2017
US-African partnerships: Advancing common interests

US-African partnerships: Advancing common interests

Speech by Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC September 13, 2017 Introduction Good morning. Thank you President Lindborg for your very kind...

13 September 2017
Sierra Leone: Trade opportunities opened with the US

Sierra Leone: Trade opportunities opened with the US

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law by President Clinton in May 2000 with the objective of expanding U.S. trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa, to stimulate economic growth, to encourage economic...

13 September 2017 | Sylvia Villa
Denied access to Mauritania, US anti-slavery activists press on

Denied access to Mauritania, US anti-slavery activists...

Mauritania has denied access to a group of American anti-slavery activists on a mission to West African nations, on grounds that their plans conflicted with Mauritanian law and had not been approved through proper channels. That...

13 September 2017 | Jonathan Jackson
Messe Frankfurt ready to take Africa's clothing expos to next level

Messe Frankfurt ready to take Africa's clothing expos to...

Messe Frankfurt, the third largest trade show organiser in the world, announced on Friday that it will be taking over the South African-based trade shows Source Africa and ATF (Apparel, Textile & Footwear). Messe Frankfurt takes...

09 September 2017 | Carin Smith
Rwanda, US begin talks on AGOA

Rwanda, US begin talks on AGOA

The government of Rwandan has opened talks with the United States on the review of the American Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) in a bid to ensure continued duty-free access to the US market. In July this year, the Americans began...

06 September 2017 | COLLINS MWAI
Eligibility reviews: Press statement in support of Swaziland’s eligibility status for AGOA

Eligibility reviews: Press statement in support of...

The Amalgamated Trade Union of Swaziland (ATUSWA) representing 9 000 workers in the textile and apparel industry, the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) representing 40 000 workers and 16 affiliated unions, and the IndustriALL...

04 September 2017 | Elijah Chiwota
US poultry exporters struggle with South Africa's empowerment provisos

US poultry exporters struggle with South Africa's...

US producers undershot their AGOA quota in 2016-17, as they struggled to build relationships with SA importers, many of whom lack experience and finance.  US poultry producers nearly reached their full 65,000 ton quota of exports...

30 August 2017 | Linda Ensor
US Congressional delegation assures of continued commitment to Ghana, Africa

US Congressional delegation assures of continued...

Representatives of the Congress of the United States have reaffirmed the bi-partisan commitment in Congress to a ‘sustained and strong’ relationship between the US and Ghana; and with Africa in general. Senator Chris Coons, a Junior...

30 August 2017 | Belinda Ayamgha
South Africa: Outgoing economic counsellor Laird Treiber sees big ‘untapped’ US-SA economic potential

South Africa: Outgoing economic counsellor Laird Treiber...

The US Embassy’s outgoing Economic Counsellor, Laird Treiber, says there has been a steady stream of American investment into South Africa during his three-year tour and that, notwithstanding the current hiatus in investment activity,...

30 August 2017 | TERENCE CREAMER
Lobbyist says US likely to punish East Africa over mitumba ban

Lobbyist says US likely to punish East Africa over...

Donald Trump administration trade officials are likely to rule that three East African countries are violating eligibility terms for the US preferential trade programme for Africa, a lobbyist for Kenya warned on Friday. “The stars are...

26 August 2017
Togo qualifies for AGOA textile and apparel benefits

Togo qualifies for AGOA textile and apparel benefits

As the U.S. continues its wholesale review of all trade agreements and preference programs—including the African Growth and Opportunity Act—it seems to still be building up on the AGOA program that’s so far still set to run through...

25 August 2017
How African countries can maximise the benefits AGOA provides

How African countries can maximise the benefits AGOA...

Since the year 2000, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has given eligible African countries duty and quota free access to the United States’ markets. This has created an opportunity for African businesses, big or small to...

25 August 2017
Botswana: Fresh attempt to revive AGOA exports

Botswana: Fresh attempt to revive AGOA exports

Despite duty free access to the United States (US) market, exports from Botswana have virtually dried up due to inadequate awareness of the African Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA) programme and the high cost of compliance with technical...

25 August 2017 | PAULINE DIKUELO
Labour group warns that Mauritania’s 'total failure on slavery should rule out trade benefits'

Labour group warns that Mauritania’s 'total failure on...

US labour unions cite Mauritania’s unwillingness to act on slavery as Trump administration is urged to deny country duty-free exports. The routine abuse of thousands of enslaved Mauritanians, including rape, beatings and unpaid...

25 August 2017
'Nigerian exporters not maximizing AGOA opportunities'

'Nigerian exporters not maximizing AGOA opportunities'

The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) has said that Nigerian exporters are not taking full advantage of opportunities offered by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). President of NACC, Chief Olabintan Famutimi,...

25 August 2017
Botswana: Government launches strategy to benefit more from AGOA

Botswana: Government launches strategy to benefit more...

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) National Response Strategy, which was developed through the assistance of the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, will be launched at the beginning of next month. The strategy...

25 August 2017 | PAULINE DIKUELO
South Africa: Car makers in strong plea to US on duty-free access under AGOA

South Africa: Car makers in strong plea to US on...

The automotive industry has made a strong plea to the US trade administration for it to continue enjoying the benefit of duty-free access to the US market under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Nico Vermeulen, director of...

18 August 2017 | Linda Ensor
Nigeria: $100b non-oil export target - stakeholders push for AGOA

Nigeria: $100b non-oil export target - stakeholders push...

The foreign commercial service of the United States (U.S.) diplomatic mission to Nigeria has been living up to its mission of promoting the expansion of the U.S trade and investment in Nigeria. Its team of trade and commercial...

17 August 2017 | CHIKODI OKEREOCHA
US assures Africa AGOA pact is here to stay

US assures Africa AGOA pact is here to stay

The United States is determined to deepen trade with sub-Sahara Africa following assurances that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) deal is safe under the Trump administration. While a dark cloud has been hanging over Agoa...

17 August 2017 | NJIRAINI MUCHIRA
Swazi king signs public order, terrorism amendment bills

Swazi king signs public order, terrorism amendment bills

His Majesty King Mswati III has given assent to the Public Order Bill and the Suppression of Terrorism amendment Act. The King endorsed the two Acts last week Tuesday. This comes as good news as this means that Swaziland is a step...

15 August 2017 | Gugu Simelane
Ghana: Government targets $500m exports under AGOA by 2020

Ghana: Government targets $500m exports under AGOA by 2020

President Nana Akufo-Addo has revealed that government is instituting measures to have more exports to the United States (US) under the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) to achieve a target of $500million in 2020. Mr....

15 August 2017