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Ethiopia's exports to US under AGOA increasing

Ethiopia's exports to US under AGOA increasing

Ethiopia's export under AGOA has jumped by 62 percent between October 2017 and September 2018. The country experienced the largest increase exports in the period under review, according to USAID East Africa Trade and Investment...

02 January 2019
East Africa exports to the US hit $1bn in the year to September 2018

East Africa exports to the US hit $1bn in the year to...

Exports from East African countries to the US reached about $1 billion between October 2017 and September 2018, a 17 per cent increase from the same period the previous year. The United States Agency for International Development’s...

31 December 2018 | KENNEDY SENELWA
President Trump’s Africa strategy advances prosperity, security, and stability [incl. Factsheet]

President Trump’s Africa strategy advances prosperity,...

Remarks by National Security Advisor Ambassador John R. Bolton on the Trump Administration’s New Africa Strategy I’m delighted again to be here at the Heritage, an institution that really has contributed so much to the public policy...

13 December 2018
'Here's why the used clothing trade deserves more attention'

'Here's why the used clothing trade deserves more attention'

While friction over the ban of used clothing exports from the US to East Africa seems to have come to an end, some fundamental issues still remain, according to Shannon Brady and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware. Their latest...

11 December 2018 | Shannon Brady and Dr Sheng Lu
Telephonic press briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs

Telephonic press briefing with Assistant Secretary of...

MEDIA ADVISORY | December 6, 2018  Telephonic Press Briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. EVENT Please join us on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 11:30 UTC|...

03 December 2018
Uganda's plan for more trade under AGOA

Uganda's plan for more trade under AGOA

Uganda is working on a plan to increase its exports to the US through the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) in the next five years. Under Agoa, a US trade legislation enacted in May 2000, sub-Saharan African countries export more...

28 November 2018
Nigeria: Federal government unfolds AGOA strategy on exporting products – official

Nigeria: Federal government unfolds AGOA strategy on...

The Federal Government has begun the implementation strategy to ensure that non-oil products are duly accepted in the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The products that are being considered for export under AGOA include...

23 November 2018
Nigeria: How exporters can benefit from AGOA

Nigeria: How exporters can benefit from AGOA

Mr. Babatunde Faleke is the Regional Coordinator, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) Lagos. In this interview with ABIBAT AMINU he speaks on opportunities open to Nigerian exporters, especially under the African Growth and...

09 November 2018 | ABIBAT AMINU
US to end trade benefits for Mauritania over forced labour

US to end trade benefits for Mauritania over forced labour

President Donald Trump said the United States will revoke Mauritania’s preferred trade status in January because of its failure to make progress on human rights – namely, slavery. The West African nation will no longer be eligible...

03 November 2018
South Africa's champion in the US, Congressman Ed Royce, takes a bow

South Africa's champion in the US, Congressman Ed Royce,...

The outgoing chairman of the US House Foreign Relations Committee is doing South Africa one more favour before he lays down the gavel.   US Congressman Ed Royce has been South Africa’s champion in America since he met Madiba...

01 November 2018 | Peter Fabricius
Kenya: US Ambassador Godec’s remarks on direct flight launch between Nairobi and New York

Kenya: US Ambassador Godec’s remarks on direct flight...

Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo! Habari za jioni? This is an historic day for Kenya and the United States!  And I am very glad to be here to share it with you.  If there’s one phrase that sums up today, it has to...

28 October 2018
Ghana Chamber to build capacity of businesses to utilise opportunities in AGOA

Ghana Chamber to build capacity of businesses to utilise...

The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its partners are working together to increase Ghana's utilisation of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). AGOA accords sub Saharan African countries the opportunity to export...

24 October 2018
Hello, America! USAID, direct flights to increase AGOA exports to US

Hello, America! USAID, direct flights to increase AGOA...

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Hub will from November 2018 to March 2019 provide direct support in the audit and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certification process. Already, USAID is helping...

19 October 2018 | Njenga Hakeenah
Nigeria: 'Many manufacturers don’t know much about AGOA' — NEPC

Nigeria: 'Many manufacturers don’t know much about...

The Executive Director, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Mr Segun Awolowo,  has said many indigenous industrialists and manufacturers do not know much about what it takes to export under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. He...

14 October 2018 | Success Nwogu
Kenya looks beyond apparel to double earnings from AGOA

Kenya looks beyond apparel to double earnings from AGOA

Kenya is betting on bigger shipments of processed food, tea and coffee to help double its export earnings from the US free-trade deal in five years’ time — marking a shift from its long dependence on apparels. Several Kenyan...

30 September 2018
2019 Mandela Washington fellowship for young African leaders

2019 Mandela Washington fellowship for young African leaders

Applications for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders are now open. This program for young professionals aged 25-35 brings them together with like-minded change agents from all over sub-Saharan...

28 September 2018
'Protecting South Africa from US anti-trade action'

'Protecting South Africa from US anti-trade action'

South Africa may well be a “non-combatant” and an “innocent bystander” in the economic warfare which US President Donald Trump has launched against America’s major economic rivals, as trade and industry minister Rob Davies has...

20 September 2018 | Peter Fabricius
AGOA expo to strengthen US-Africa trade ties in textiles

AGOA expo to strengthen US-Africa trade ties in textiles

The 6-day AGOA Expo and Trade Fair from September 25 in New York is a business platform committed to celebrate US-Africa cooperation, strengthen bilateral trade relations, promote AGOA key export products and investment...

18 September 2018
Ghana: Exports under AGOA hit US$748m in 2017

Ghana: Exports under AGOA hit US$748m in 2017

Renewed confidence in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has resulted in an upward trend, with the country’s trade under the programme registering a total of US$748million last year, according to the Ghana National Chamber...

17 September 2018
SA poultry industry takes on US chicken quota as court case brews

SA poultry industry takes on US chicken quota as court...

The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) wants government to review the quota of US poultry imports, following the imposition of tariffs on local aluminium and steel products. In court papers filed in the North Gauteng Court, the...

17 September 2018 | Sibongile Khumalo
South Africa: We will all be losers if we lose AGOA, Parliament hears

South Africa: We will all be losers if we lose AGOA,...

Setting aside the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) will have dire consequences, members of Parliament heard on Thursday. Department of Trade and Industry (dti) Director General Lionel October was sharing developments on trade...

13 September 2018 | Lameez Omarjee
US apparel buyer linked to sourcing opportunities in Madagascar

US apparel buyer linked to sourcing opportunities in...

On August 26-30, the USAID East African Trade and Investment Hub conducted a buyer mission to Antananarivo, Madagascar for a large publicly listed U.S. apparel company. The U.S buyer engaged with apparel companies in Madagascar and...

05 September 2018
South Africa: 'US confirms it’s not using AGOA as leverage over land expropriation'

South Africa: 'US confirms it’s not using AGOA as...

US officials have made no link between SA’s plan to expropriate land without compensation and the country’s access to trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), trade and industry minister Rob Davies...

05 September 2018 | RENÉ VOLLGRAAFF
Kenyan government presents USAID Hub-supported AGOA Strategy to USTR

Kenyan government presents USAID Hub-supported AGOA...

On August 28, 2018, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Peter Munya (represented by Trade Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo, pictured on left) delivered Kenya’s National African Growth and Opportunity...

31 August 2018
Warmer Kenya-US relations good for trade and investment

Warmer Kenya-US relations good for trade and investment

The meeting earlier this week between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his United States counterpart Donald Trump should, hopefully, cement strategic interests between the two countries. It signals how much bilateral relations have warmed...

30 August 2018 | PETER WARUTERE