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'For African countries, innovation must trump our focus on trade'

'For African countries, innovation must trump our focus...

Africa is overwhelmingly the poorest region in the world. In 2015, after more than a decade of the “Africa Rising” narrative, the region’s GDP was around $1.6 trillion, barely 2% of global GDP. The same year, Africa (including...

15 March 2017 | Efosa Ojomo
'Moves to push for new US-Africa trade policy'

'Moves to push for new US-Africa trade policy'

The President of US-Africa Business Centre at the US Chamber of Commerce, Mr Scott Eisner, has expressed the resolve of the chamber to make Africa the frontline of President Donald Trump’s administration in terms of trade...

14 March 2017 | MACLEAN KWOFI
'Meet the woman considered an architect of AGOA'

'Meet the woman considered an architect of AGOA'

The hard-won African Growth and Opportunity Act allows duty-free exports to the U.S. from eligible African countries, and it remains a controversial trade agreement, but it has changed the conversation about U.S.-Africa trade,...

11 March 2017
'Open Letter to African Economic and Trade Ministers: There’s a Trump in your future, like it or not'

'Open Letter to African Economic and Trade Ministers:...

Given the new sheriff in town in Washington, and his strong ideas about trade, J. Brooks Spector believes it is the right time for African nations to come together to define their agenda on trade issues with America – before the Trump...

09 March 2017 | J Brooks Spector
East Africa: 'Plan to ban used clothes, shoes puts AGOA gains at risk'

East Africa: 'Plan to ban used clothes, shoes puts AGOA...

East Africa's eligibility to retain duty-free access to markets in the United States under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) is at risk following concerns raised by Washington about the bloc's decision to phase out the...

08 March 2017 | Christabel Ligami
Future of AGOA 'uncertain in Trump era'

Future of AGOA 'uncertain in Trump era'

What will trade with Africa look like under a Trump presidency? African leaders are concerned that the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA, will be on the chopping block under Trump and that the continent itself will not be a...

04 March 2017 | David Love
'Donald Trump and Africa'

'Donald Trump and Africa'

Question: Doesn’t it badly distort reality to call something that creates large numbers of jobs for American workers “foreign aid”? Are actions that greatly increase our export earnings “foreign aid”? Is it “foreign...

02 March 2017 | Christopher Akor
Why Africa should be high on Donald Trump's list of priorities

Why Africa should be high on Donald Trump's list of...

Amid all the confusion over Donald Trump’s presidency, there are few clues about how his administration will approach the US’s relationship with Africa. The continent was rarely mentioned in the run-up to election day, and so far,...

02 March 2017 | Ricardo Reboredo
'Make America great again' in Africa

'Make America great again' in Africa

If President Donald Trump is to “Make America Great Again” he cannot afford to ignore Africa. It is in this region of over one billion people -- the world’s second-fastest growing continent -- that the rise of China and the...

17 February 2017 | Rosa Whitaker
'Does AGOA unfairly benefit Chinese firms?'

'Does AGOA unfairly benefit Chinese firms?'

On the face of it, this multi-national system appears to be a win-win – evidence of trained African employees entering the global value chain, funded by Chinese partners and ready to take full advantage of American trading privileges....

14 February 2017 | David Thomas
Trump calls Nigeria, South Africa, also discusses trade

Trump calls Nigeria, South Africa, also discusses trade

President Donald Trump has been increasingly chatting with other world leaders during his first weeks in office. On Monday he turned his attention to Africa. Trump spent Monday morning calling two of the continent's most prominent...

13 February 2017 | Stephanie Busari
‘How Nigeria can take advantage of the AGOA deal’

‘How Nigeria can take advantage of the AGOA deal’

Worried by the low level of exploitation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) deal by many operators in the non-oil sector, especially in the cotton, garments and apparels market, a global expert and the Bank of Industry...

10 February 2017 | Femi Adekoya
Opinion: 'US TPP withdrawal puts question mark over AGOA future'

Opinion: 'US TPP withdrawal puts question mark over AGOA...

Recently, President Donald Trump successfully succeeded to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). At the back of that decision, questions have since been raised over the future of Africa Opportunity and Growth Act...

09 February 2017 | Hamlet Hlomendlini
What will Trump’s embrace of bilateralism mean for America’s trade partners?

What will Trump’s embrace of bilateralism mean for...

Among the many changes Donald Trump is bringing to American trade policy, the new president has made clear that he believes bilateral trade deals are better than regional or multilateral agreements. For America’s trade partners,...

08 February 2017 | Geoffrey Gertz
Ghana: Chamber of commerce lauds trade minister’s ideas

Ghana: Chamber of commerce lauds trade minister’s ideas

The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce has expressed satisfaction with the Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyerematen, for pledging to strengthen and boost local businesses in the country. Alan Kyerematen during his vetting process...

06 February 2017 | Anita Arthur
Ghana: Exporters learn more about AGOA

Ghana: Exporters learn more about AGOA

Stakeholders in the exports business have upgraded their knowledge in the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) trade agreement to give them a broad understanding in the trade initiative so they can take full advantage of the...

03 February 2017
Trump’s protectionist policies pose biggest risk to Kenya

Trump’s protectionist policies pose biggest risk to Kenya

US President Donald Trump’s protectionist economic policies pose the biggest risk to Kenya’s economy in the coming year, Central Bank of Kenya governor Patrick Njoroge has said. Dr Njoroge said the Kenyan economy was facing more...

02 February 2017
What Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ policy means for Kenya

What Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ policy...

During his inauguration speech, US President Donald Trump championed his trademark policies, proclaiming, “Buy American, Hire American”. The policy is supposed to encourage Americans – through legislation, persuasion or coercion...

02 February 2017 | Dominic Omondi
Liberia: AGOA to help local entrepreneurs enter US market

Liberia: AGOA to help local entrepreneurs enter US market

A one-day informational session on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which aimed to help local entrepreneurs enter the United States market with value-added products, has ended in Monrovia. The forum, which brought together...

27 January 2017 | David A. Yates
'Chicken coming in from US not halaal certified by SA bodies'

'Chicken coming in from US not halaal certified by SA...

Top halaal certifying bodies in the country say they have not certified poultry imported from the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) deal. The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), the South African National Halaal...

25 January 2017 | Mamaponya Motsai
Sierra Leone: Local producers trained on AGOA trade benefits

Sierra Leone: Local producers trained on AGOA trade benefits

The Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub yesterday organized a one day...

25 January 2017 | Saidu Bah
Liberia: Chamber hosts AGOA information session

Liberia: Chamber hosts AGOA information session

The Liberia Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Building Markets and the USAID/West Africa Trade and Investment Hub will host an informational session on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at the Liberia Chamber of...

25 January 2017
Africa becomes key matter of focus under Trump presidency

Africa becomes key matter of focus under Trump presidency

Trump has talked about Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Middle East but has barely mentioned sub-Saharan Africa. In the unclassified four-page document submitted to the Department of State by the Trump Team, obtained by the New...

24 January 2017
Implications of Trump presidency for Africa

Implications of Trump presidency for Africa

With the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, a new chapter has opened in United States-African relations. His emergence raised fundamental questions about what is likely to change in America’s role...

24 January 2017 | LEKE SALAUDEEN
Too early to speculate on US trade policy, says South African auto body

Too early to speculate on US trade policy, says South...

It is too early to speculate on the effects the incoming Trump administration may have on automotive trade between South Africa and the US, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico...

17 January 2017 | Irma venter