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Preference programs turn prime picks for duty free trade

Preference programs turn prime picks for duty free trade

Up in the air seems to be the modus operandi for US trade deals, and the fact that the country’s trade deals have either been withdrawn from or are under scrutiny for renegotiation, has many in the sector seeking duty free...

20 July 2017 | Tara Donaldson
US exports of worn clothing to AGOA countries: a selection of DATA

US exports of worn clothing to AGOA countries: a...

The decision by some countries, notably in East Africa, to consider a ban on the importation of worn clothing has elicited strong responses. A portion of imports of such worn clothing originates in the United States. This has...

19 July 2017
Sierra Leone News: Private sector yet to benefit from AGOA trade

Sierra Leone News: Private sector yet to benefit from...

Since the African Growth an Opportunity Act (AGOA) was launched by United States Government 17-years ago to promote industrialization, Sierra Leonean based companies are yet to export their produce to the US market due lack of proper...

18 July 2017 | Saidu Bah
AGOA at risk in East African war over used clothes

AGOA at risk in East African war over used clothes

Among optimists, the proposal by East African Community (EAC) member states to ban the importation of used clothes by 2019 is great because it could spark the growth of a local textile industry in the bloc. But pessimists say the move...

18 July 2017 | ISAAC KHISA
Africa's rise poses threat to Bangladesh's apparel exports

Africa's rise poses threat to Bangladesh's apparel exports

The upward trend of garment exports from Africa, thanks in part to Bangladeshi investors, poses a threat to Bangladesh's second position in the global apparel trade. In 2016, garment exports from 39 sub-Saharan nations stood at $2.6...

18 July 2017 | Ullah Mirdha
EAC officials oppose US bid to review AGOA trade deal over used-clothing ban

EAC officials oppose US bid to review AGOA trade deal...

Senior officials from Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda argued in Washington on Thursday that their collective phase-out of used clothing (mitumba) imports should not result in any loss of benefits from a US preferential trade programme. The...

14 July 2017
The US and Togo to co-host the 2017 AGOA Forum in Lomé, Togo

The US and Togo to co-host the 2017 AGOA Forum in Lomé,...

The United States and Togo will co-host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Lomé, Togo August 8-10. The Forum will bring together senior government officials from the United States and 38 Sub-Saharan African...

14 July 2017
Tanzania: Why Dar team rushes to US in bid to salvage AGOA deal

Tanzania: Why Dar team rushes to US in bid to salvage...

Tanzania is dispatching a team of experts to the US today for negotiations on the planned review which could exclude the country from accessing American market through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). At the same time,...

13 July 2017 | Alex Malanga
Ghana: Tap into AGOA - US Ambassador

Ghana: Tap into AGOA - US Ambassador

US Ambassador to Ghana Robert Jackson wants Ghanaians exporting under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to step up their game to reap the full benefit of the programme. The Act, which was signed on 18 May 2000, offers...

06 July 2017
US urges Swaziland to review terrorism law as precondition for AGOA readmission

US urges Swaziland to review terrorism law as...

The United States has asked Swaziland to redefine ‘Terrorism Act’ before it could be reconsidered for the African Growth Opportunity Agreement (AGOA). This was stated by Prime Minister Banarbas Dlamini when giving feedback to Senate...

05 July 2017
'Kenya won't lose AGOA status, but its EAC partners are subject to review'

'Kenya won't lose AGOA status, but its EAC partners are...

Kenya no longer faces possible loss of Agoa trade benefits, US officials announced on Tuesday. However, three other East African Community member states — Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda — must undergo an assessment of their Agoa...

21 June 2017
USTR announces out of cycle eligibility review for Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

USTR announces out of cycle eligibility review for...

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), in consultation with the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), is announcing the initiation of an out-of-cycle review of the eligibility of the Republic of Rwanda, United...

20 June 2017
Sourcing Journal: An uncertain future for AGOA?

Sourcing Journal: An uncertain future for AGOA?

Sub-Saharan Africa has both been the land of sourcing opportunity and the land where trade was most likely to remain close to status quo amid other potential adjustments to U.S. agreements. Now, the U.S. may be set to take a closer look...

20 June 2017 | Tara Donaldson
US reconsiders AGOA eligibility for three African countries

US reconsiders AGOA eligibility for three African countries

Africa appears to now be getting more of the Trump Administration’s attention when it comes to trade. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said last week that the U.S. has to move from an “AID-based” relationship with Africa to one...

20 June 2017 | Tara Donaldson
Nigeria: NACC becomes recognised AGOA Trade Resource Centre

Nigeria: NACC becomes recognised AGOA Trade Resource Centre

The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC), said it has attains AGOA Trade Resource Centre status, particularly for the organised private sector in Nigeria. The chamber, which has the mandate of promoting trade and commerce...

20 June 2017
Zambia urged to benefit from AGOA

Zambia urged to benefit from AGOA

Zambia needs to take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as it still possesses opportunity for economic growth. Since its inception in 2000, AGOA has given duty-free and quota-free access to the United States...

19 June 2017 | CYNTHIA MWALE
After AGOA: South Africa must prepare for two-way free trade agreements with US

After AGOA: South Africa must prepare for two-way free...

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says America’s relationship with Africa “has to continue its transition from being ‘AID-based’ to ‘TRADE-based’”. “To that end, having two-way trade agreements, not just temporary trade...

18 June 2017 | Peter Fabricius
US warns East African countries to comply with AGOA

US warns East African countries to comply with AGOA

US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has urged sub-Saharan African countries to comply with the eligibility requirements for AGOA (the African Growth and Opportunity Act) in what is thought to be a veiled warning to Kenya and other...

16 June 2017 | Leonie Barrie
Kenya hires US lobby in bid to protect 66,000 AGOA jobs

Kenya hires US lobby in bid to protect 66,000 AGOA jobs

The government has hired a newly influential US lobbying firm partly in order to help Kenya block a threat to the sizable trade benefits it receives through the AGOA programme, Kenya’s embassy in Washington said on Friday. More than...

13 June 2017 | KEVIN J KELLEY
American Business Council launched in Sierra Leone

American Business Council launched in Sierra Leone

The American Business Council of Sierra Leone (ABC) has recently been officially launched as a forum for United States and Sierra Leonean companies to strengthen commercial ties between the two countries. The American Business Council...

12 June 2017
SA government urged to engage with US administration to preserve AGOA

SA government urged to engage with US administration to...

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday urged the South African government to engage with the new US administration to preserve the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In its Policy Discussion Document which...

11 June 2017 | Mu Xuequan
East Africa: Proposed import duty and VAT waiver strategy for textile makers

East Africa: Proposed import duty and VAT waiver strategy...

East African Community partner states have agreed to grant garments and textiles manufacturers a three-year waiver of duties and value added tax (VAT) on inputs, fabrics and accessories not available in the region to boost local...

06 June 2017 | Christabel Ligami
US firms seek Uganda partners to tap into AGOA

US firms seek Uganda partners to tap into AGOA

In a bid to exploit the market in the world's largest economy through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) extension, firms from the United States will now partner with those from Uganda, especially in the agri-business...

05 June 2017
Lawmakers: US urgently needs more engagement in Africa

Lawmakers: US urgently needs more engagement in Africa

The U.S. must remain active in Africa, which is in the midst of three famines and ongoing political instability, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said during a recent hearing in Washington. “Our engagement in Africa...

01 June 2017 | Mariama Diallo
South Africa: Western Cape an exception amid signs of recovery in agriculture

South Africa: Western Cape an exception amid signs of...

It is often said the macroeconomic standing of the agricultural sector has diminished, an argument supported by the sector’s declining share of GDP, which fell from 4.2% in 1996 to 2.3% in 2015. However, what is not captured in this...

24 May 2017 | WANDILE SIHLOBO AND TINASHE KAPUYA