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Trump versus Rwanda in trade battle over used clothes

Trump versus Rwanda in trade battle over used clothes

Early last year, weeks after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, a little known American trade association filed a petition with the U.S. Trade Representative. That seven-page letter set Africa in the cross-hairs of the new...

24 May 2018 | Clement Uwiringiyimana, Joe Bavier
Ghana: Textile and garments committee inaugurated

Ghana: Textile and garments committee inaugurated

The reconstituted National Technical Committee for Textiles  and Garments was on Friday inaugurated to ensure that Ghana meets the requirements for the production of textiles and garments for the local and the international...

22 May 2018 | Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten
Uganda must not rely on a single partner, says US envoy

Uganda must not rely on a single partner, says US envoy

[Source: interview with US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac] What is the role of the private sector?  We firmly believe that private sector growth is the key to sustainable economic growth. Governments should not be the...

21 May 2018
Mozambique launches National AGOA utilization strategy 2018- 2025

Mozambique launches National AGOA utilization strategy...

The African Growth and Opportunity Act is a U.S. trade act that provides duty-free import to goods produced in qualifying Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. AGOA came into force in 2000 and was most recently exten­ded to 2025...

16 May 2018
'Kenya needs savvy diplomats to steer global trade agenda'

'Kenya needs savvy diplomats to steer global trade agenda'

The importance of economic diplomacy for Kenya is at its most crucial position in the face of retreating globalisation amid the rise of protectionism.  Protectionism agendas, perpetuated through right-wing ideologies, is gaining...

16 May 2018 | ADAN ALI
Nigeria: Push for increased non-oil export to UK, US intensifies

Nigeria: Push for increased non-oil export to UK, US...

To stimulate non-oil export and diversify the economy, the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce and the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce are leading a campaign to further open up United Kingdom’s and United States’ markets to...

11 May 2018 | CHIKODI OKEREOCHA
Gambia AGOA workshop: ‘US committed to expanding trade links with The Gambia’

Gambia AGOA workshop: ‘US committed to expanding trade...

The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup on May 9 presided over an African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) workshop in Banjul, using the opportunity to reaffirm the United States Government’s commitment to...

10 May 2018
USAID trade hubs created over 60,000 new jobs in Africa - USAID Director

USAID trade hubs created over 60,000 new jobs in Africa -...

U.S. Agency for International Development’s Mission Director for West Africa, Alex Deprez has revealed that US-Africa trade relations has led to the creation of more than 60,000 jobs across the continent. Alex Deprez expressed US...

07 May 2018
Position yourselves to take advantage of opportunities under AGOA - Ghana Minister

Position yourselves to take advantage of opportunities...

Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen has appealed for an effective coordination between U.S. development agencies and organizations with regards to what they are willing to offer for the growth and implementation of the...

02 May 2018 | Stella Annan
'Global business of secondhand clothes thrive in Africa'

'Global business of secondhand clothes thrive in Africa'

Heaps of clothes, scorching heat and choking dust, hawkers chanting prices, competing for the attention of shoppers, who haggle to get as many clothes at the lowest cost possible. In crowded markets and on sidewalks of African towns and...

26 April 2018
Botswana: 'Businesses fail to fully utilise AGOA' - BITC

Botswana: 'Businesses fail to fully utilise AGOA' - BITC

Local businesses are failing to exploit the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), says the director for export development at Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC), Mr Obert Yuyi. Mr Yuyi said this during a national AGOA...

25 April 2018 | Amanda David
'Trump’s Africa policy is a continuation of Clinton’s, Bush’s, and Obama’s'

'Trump’s Africa policy is a continuation of...

President Trump’s Africa policy appears to be off to a bad start. First, there was the unfortunate leak of a remark made privately to a group of U.S. senators in February in which the President referred to African nations as...

23 April 2018 | Herman J. Cohen
Nigeria-America Chamber of Commerce set to build AGOA export park in Edo State

Nigeria-America Chamber of Commerce set to build AGOA...

The Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) has expressed readiness to partner the Edo State Government in the development of an export zone to explore opportunities in the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). This was...

19 April 2018
Nigeria: Retooling AGOA trade policy to boost export

Nigeria: Retooling AGOA trade policy to boost export

Nigeria has lots of trade agreements with many economic partners meant not just to strengthen bilateral trade cooperation, but also to see that the agreements are of win-win situation. Some of the trade treaties are, however, not making...

19 April 2018 | TAIWO HASSAN
The President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa: Findings

The President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in...

Covering letter: On November 29, 2017, the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA), under the leadership of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, adopted its Issues Report, identifying the top obstacles...

18 April 2018
Opinion: 'America’s petty policy on used clothes for Africa'

Opinion: 'America’s petty policy on used clothes for...

Fostering international development has long been viewed as central to the moral, humanitarian, strategic and security interests of the United States.  In particular, there is one area where the United States has been a leader in...

17 April 2018 | Garth Frazer
Rwanda: 'Cotton returns as used clothes'

Rwanda: 'Cotton returns as used clothes'

Contrary to suspicion, Rwanda is not trying to undermine US hegemony in Africa in favour of China by phasing out used clothes. Consequently, President Trump’s AGOA salvo, which will find support in the US Congress, which is deeply...

17 April 2018 | Ngovi Kitau
Uganda yet to exploit AGOA opportunity – Ambassador Malac

Uganda yet to exploit AGOA opportunity – Ambassador Malac

The US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac, has said Uganda has not taken full advantage of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Uganda is one of 38 African countries eligible for tariff-free and quota-free access to the US...

14 April 2018
Chamber: we are committed to promoting AGOA in Nigeria

Chamber: we are committed to promoting AGOA in Nigeria

The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) has said it remains committed to promoting the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in Nigeria to give fillip to the Federal Government’s ongoing non-oil export drive aimed at...

14 April 2018 | Ambrose Nnaji
Nigeria yet to reap benefits of AGOA since 2008, re-strategises

Nigeria yet to reap benefits of AGOA since 2008,...

Nigeria is yet to benefit from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), after it was signed into law in May, 2008. Mr Aliyu Abubakar, the Deputy Director, Trade Department, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, made this...

08 April 2018
Rwanda: 'Withdrawal of AGOA benefits at discretion of US'

Rwanda: 'Withdrawal of AGOA benefits at discretion of US'

Rwanda has commended the United States government for having initiated the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and said it was at the discretion of Washington to withdraw AGOA benefits.  This is contained in a statement by...

03 April 2018
US suspends duty-free benefits for Rwandan textile imports

US suspends duty-free benefits for Rwandan textile imports

The U.S. said it plans to suspend duty-free access to Rwandan textile imports because of the African nation’s refusal to lower trade barriers for American-made clothing and shoes. The suspension applies to all AGOA-eligible apparel...

29 March 2018 | Sarah McGregor
SMART announces 'successful trade outcome with the East African Community'

SMART announces 'successful trade outcome with the East...

Representatives of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) were notified today by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) that a proposed ban on secondhand clothing imports from the U.S. by...

29 March 2018
President Trump updates trade preference program eligibility for Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda

President Trump updates trade preference program...

The President determined today the eligibility of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda for trade preference benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In response to a petition filed by the U.S. used clothing industry in...

29 March 2018
Madagascar may be more than a few steps ahead of Ethiopia for sourcing

Madagascar may be more than a few steps ahead of Ethiopia...

Madagascar may not be getting the same publicity as Ethiopia when it comes to the topic of sourcing in Africa, but the island nation off the southeast coast of the continent has a lot to offer that few are talking about. One thing that...

21 March 2018 | Tara Donaldson