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Namibia launches AGOA strategy to increase tariff-free exports to the United States

Namibia launches AGOA strategy to increase tariff-free...

Today, U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson joined Minister of Industrialisation and Trade Lucia Iipumbu to officially launch Namibia’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Utilization Strategy. The strategy seeks to increase Namibia’s...

11 May 2021
'The opportunities are vast in a potential US-Kenya FTA'

'The opportunities are vast in a potential US-Kenya FTA'

Last year, the U.S. and Kenya announced the launch of free trade negotiations, the first of its kind between the U.S. and a sub-Saharan Africa country. If successful, it would be the most significant trade development in the region...

06 May 2021 | SEAN HACKBARTH
US and Botswana MITI launch revised AGOA Utilization Strategy to improve economic growth in Botswana

US and Botswana MITI launch revised AGOA Utilization...

On April 29, the Embassy of the United States of America joined the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry (MITI) and other stakeholders to launch the revised strategy at the Hilton Garden Inn in Gaborone.   U.S....

03 May 2021
Report: A look at the potential benefits and challenges of a US – Kenya trade agreement

Report: A look at the potential benefits and challenges...

The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Kenya has partnered with the U.S. Africa Business Centre (USAfBC) and Covington to publish a business trade report. The report, titled US-Kenya Trade Negotiations: Implications for the...

30 April 2021
Kenya: 'Uhuru–Blinken talks a breath of life to US trade deal'

Kenya: 'Uhuru–Blinken talks a breath of life to US...

Trade talks between Kenya and the US could resume soon following Tuesday's virtual meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. This is after a five-month break occasioned by change of g-uard in the...

29 April 2021 | Martin Mwita
Sierra Leone mining dispute threatens US firms

Sierra Leone mining dispute threatens US firms

The decision by Sierra Leone to shut down the operations of U.S.-owned SL Mining has called into question that government’s commitment to the rule of law with regard to foreign investors. Since the mid-1990s, the U.S. Government has...

17 April 2021 | Gregory Simpkins
'The renewal: US-Africa relationship'

'The renewal: US-Africa relationship'

In his first allocution to African leaders at the virtual African Union Summit in February, recently elected United States President, Joe Biden, reiterated his administration’s commitment to rebuilding partnerships with Africa and...

13 April 2021 | Hasnaine Yavarhoussen
'Changing jeans sourcing scene has these countries coming up roses'

'Changing jeans sourcing scene has these countries coming...

The sourcing landscape for denim jeans is slowly but certainly shifting, while overall U.S. blue denim apparel imports continue to decline. Imports of jeans fell 7.43 percent in the first two months of the year compared to the...

09 April 2021 | Arthur Friedman
'Hope for Kenya-US trade deal as talks resume'

'Hope for Kenya-US trade deal as talks resume'

Kenya and the United States have resumed talks on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) ongoing since last year. Kenya's Trade Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina and US Trade representative Katherine Tai held talks that focussed on the importance...

08 April 2021 | SUSAN NYAWIRA
'Biden Administration dampens Kenya's hopes for bilateral trade deal'

'Biden Administration dampens Kenya's hopes for bilateral...

The Biden administration's plans to review foreign trade policy and refocus it on America's economic recovery have thrown long-running free trade negotiations with Kenya into disarray. In a development that casts doubts on the...

05 April 2021 | NJIRAINI MUCHIRA
From canned catfish to high-end fashion: West African products that are in high demand in the United States

From canned catfish to high-end fashion: West African...

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) provides eligible sub-Saharan African countries with duty-free access to the U.S. market for a wide range of products. To find out more about the potential for West African...

03 March 2021 | BETSY G HENDERSON
2021 trade policy agenda and 2020 annual report

2021 trade policy agenda and 2020 annual report

The 2021 Trade Policy Agenda and 2020 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program are submitted to the Congress pursuant to Section 163 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. §...

26 February 2021 | USTR
NACC restates commitment to trade ties between Nigeria, United States

NACC restates commitment to trade ties between Nigeria,...

With less than five years to the end of the extended African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) has reiterated its commitment to ensuring that Nigeria enjoys the benefit of the...

19 February 2021 | Femi Adekoya
US Chamber drives for Kenya-US trade deal

US Chamber drives for Kenya-US trade deal

The United States Chamber of Commerce has urged President Joe Biden to seal a new trade deal with Kenya, which was initiated by his predecessor Donald Trump. The biggest and most influential US business lobby group wants the ongoing...

02 February 2021
Top US lawmaker vows to reverse previous administration's Africa policy

Top US lawmaker vows to reverse previous administration's...

The new chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee has pledged to put sub-Saharan Africa “on the front burner” of United States foreign policy, including through an expansion of diplomatic, humanitarian and commercial...

01 February 2021 | Joseph Stepansky
Lesotho: '45,000 textile jobs at severe risk'

Lesotho: '45,000 textile jobs at severe risk'

With only about a week left, the United States government says it is "disheartened" by Lesotho's failure to address its human trafficking concerns. This puts the country on the brink, with the real risk of losing billions of maloti in...

29 January 2021 | Herbert Moyo
Africa: How Biden can 'build back better' US Africa policy

Africa: How Biden can 'build back better' US Africa policy

The direction that President Joe Biden will give to the U.S.-Africa relationship will be highly scrutinized as he brings America’s diplomacy back to the global stage. Democracy and the economy are the two fundamental areas of...

27 January 2021 | Koffi Alle
Rwanda eyes stronger ties with Biden Administration

Rwanda eyes stronger ties with Biden Administration

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincent Biruta, has said that Rwanda is ready to strengthen ties with the administration of the new President of the United States, Joe Biden. Biden was sworn-in on January...

25 January 2021 | Lavie Mutanganshuro
Nigeria: ‘Prospects of improved supports from US bright under Biden’

Nigeria: ‘Prospects of improved supports from US bright...

Director General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, told DEBO OLADIMEJI that he expects more support for Nigeria from the United States (US) under the Biden administration.  What are the...

23 January 2021 | Debo Oladimeji
Kenya–US trade talks on hold, awaits Biden's administration

Kenya–US trade talks on hold, awaits Biden's...

Kenya hopes to resume trade talks with the US after change of guard at the White House with President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.  The country is optimistic of speedy resumption of negotiations, with hopes the...

21 January 2021 | Martin Mwita
After record season, United States opens new ports to South African citrus exports

After record season, United States opens new ports to...

The United States government has announced the opening up of several new ports for the import for citrus products from South Africa, further facilitating two-way trade with South Africa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and...

19 January 2021
'Uncertainty around Kenya-US Free trade deal'

'Uncertainty around Kenya-US Free trade deal'

A cloud of uncertainty has engulfed Kenya’s pursuit of a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States due to the impending change of guard at the White House.  Even before he takes office, President-elect Joe Biden has sent...

18 January 2021 | NJIRAINI MUCHIRA
Reinstatement of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to AGOA

Reinstatement of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to...

Yesterday evening, President Donald J. Trump issued a proclamation reinstating the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) eligibility for trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  This decision...

05 January 2021
Kenya exports to US climb to Sh67 billion

Kenya exports to US climb to Sh67 billion

Kenyan exports to America under the Africa Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA) hit Sh67 billion last year, a marginal increase of 3.7 per cent from Sh64 billion recorded in the previous year. According to the latest report from the Office...

30 December 2020 | FRANKLINE SUNDAY
Nigeria’s duty-free export to US shrinks to $351m

Nigeria’s duty-free export to US shrinks to $351m

Nigeria’s export to the United States under a duty-free policy declined in the first nine months of 2020, recording $351.73m from January to September. According to the latest African Growth and Opportunity Act policy trade...

27 December 2020 | Ife Ogunfuwa