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Kenya to increase exports to 20% of GDP by 2020

Kenya to increase exports to 20% of GDP by 2020

Kenya targets to increase her exports to 20 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in three years’ up from the current 14.5 percent, buoyed by the ongoing efforts to exploit destination markets in over 80 countries.  Trade...

13 November 2017 | Nicholas Nduati
US policy: Africa rising and the art of the deal

US policy: Africa rising and the art of the deal

Despite the controversy and political fallout surrounding the deaths of four special operations soldiers in Niger recently, it is clear that the Trump administration still has enough room to refocus on Africa among its foreign policy...

06 November 2017 | MARTIN GANDA
The controversy of used clothing: East African-US trade relations

The controversy of used clothing: East African-US trade...

  On October 12th the New York Times brought the discussion of second hand clothing in East Africa to the mainstream. Unbeknownst to most in North America, the United States trades millions of dollars worth of used...

02 November 2017 | Andrew Figueiredo
How African countries can maximise the benefits that AGOA provides

How African countries can maximise the benefits that AGOA...

Since the year 2000, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has given eligible African countries duty and quota free access to the United States’ markets. This has created an opportunity for African businesses, big or small to...

31 October 2017 | Onyi Sunday
Ghana: Chamber of Commerce targets over 24% increase in exports to US

Ghana: Chamber of Commerce targets over 24% increase in...

The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry has targeted to increase exports to the United States from the current 14 percent to over 24 percent in eight years. Officials expect members to take full advantage of the Agric Growth and...

26 October 2017 | Prince Appiah
USTR announces new enforcement priorities for GSP

USTR announces new enforcement priorities for GSP

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced a new effort to ensure beneficiary countries are meeting the eligibility criteria of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade preference program.  This new effort...

24 October 2017
East African textile sector tipped on maximising technology

East African textile sector tipped on maximising technology

Textile industry players in the region have been challenged to start making garments that require low level technology and skills as the East African Community (EAC) countries prepare to phase-out imported used clothes. Lilian Awinja,...

20 October 2017 | JAMES KARUHANGA
US buyers keen to source coffee from the East African region

US buyers keen to source coffee from the East African region

The USAID East African Trade and Investment Hub supported East African coffee producers to connect with U.S. retailers at this month's Coffee Fest in Portland, Oregon. The October 13 - 15 event brought together a broad spectrum of the...

19 October 2017 | http://www.eatradehub.org/
Nigeria: ‘Implementation of export strategy key to harnessing trade deals’

Nigeria: ‘Implementation of export strategy key to...

Worried that Nigeria is lagging behind in enjoying the benefits of market access created through several trade deals, stakeholders have tasked the Federal Government on implementing an export strategy that is truly committed to...

17 October 2017 | Femi Adekoya
Second-hand clothing showdown brewing

Second-hand clothing showdown brewing

In Rwanda, it's chagua. In Kenya, mitumba. In Zambia, salaula — most African languages have a word for the piles of discarded garments that end up for sale across the African continent. Millions of people around...

16 October 2017
Used-clothing trade causes contention between US and East African Nations

Used-clothing trade causes contention between US and East...

The commercial enterprise of U.S. companies selling used clothing to African countries doesn’t seem a likely source of controversy, but the issue has become one of contention on two continents. The East African countries of Rwanda,...

13 October 2017 | Arthur Friedman
Entrepreneur uses AGOA to showcase Kenyan hope in global race for coffee billions

Entrepreneur uses AGOA to showcase Kenyan hope in global...

Hidden in the industrial godowns of Ruiru town, some 26 kilometres north of Nairobi, is a coffee story of hope — faith and endurance. Peter Muchiri, who turned 40 last August, is driving the story forward by engaging in what coffee...

12 October 2017 | JOHN KAMAU
'Ghana: Take advantage of international market opportunities'

'Ghana: Take advantage of international market...

Ghanaian exporters have been asked to make aggressive push towards exploiting international market opportunities to grow and expand their businesses. Mr. Mark Badu-Aboagye, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Chamber of...

11 October 2017 | Florence Mensah
AGOA: The US-Africa trade program

AGOA: The US-Africa trade program

The cornerstone of U.S. economic relations with sub-Saharan Africa since 2000 has been the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA. The program offers more than three dozen participants preferential access to U.S. markets by...

09 October 2017 | Claire Felter
How Nigerian exporters can benefit from AGOA

How Nigerian exporters can benefit from AGOA

Nigerian exporters in the non oil sector can actually take Nigeria out of the wood and earn billions of dollars exporting goods to America through the full utilisation of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Though AGOA programme...

09 October 2017
Nigeria can generate 4m Jobs annually through AGOA — Expert

Nigeria can generate 4m Jobs annually through AGOA —...

An American business expert, Fred Oladehinde, says Nigeria can generate four million jobs annually through the African Growth and Opportunity Act, if it invests in the development of its Micro Small and Micro Enterprises...

28 September 2017
Kagame explains Rwanda’s formula in luring investors

Kagame explains Rwanda’s formula in luring investors

President Paul Kagame has shared tactics Rwanda applies to lure investors during the Corporate Council on Africa Presidential Dialogue on the Future of US-Africa Business. The dialogue brought together CEOs, decision makers and heads of...

20 September 2017 | Jean de la Croix Tabaro
US raises annual AGOA quota for qualifying textiles

US raises annual AGOA quota for qualifying textiles

The US has set new annual limits on duty and quota-free imports of apparel articles assembled from regional and third-country fabric under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in the upcoming fiscal year. The new figures are...

20 September 2017 | Leonie Barrie
'Strict AGOA rules put African policies and trade on the line' - Columnist

'Strict AGOA rules put African policies and trade on the...

South Africa’s trade deal with the US, under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), may have its benefits, however, overall it is heavily skewed in favour of the US. South Africa’s strategy of pursuing a “developmental...

19 September 2017 | William Gumede
Kenyan flower exporters prepare to seize US market opportunities

Kenyan flower exporters prepare to seize US market...

On September 14, the USAID East African Trade and Investment Hub held a Kenya Flower Stakeholders Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss U.S. market opportunities for Kenyan floriculture exporters. A total of 50 floriculture value chain...

14 September 2017
US-African partnerships: Advancing common interests

US-African partnerships: Advancing common interests

Speech by Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC September 13, 2017 Introduction Good morning. Thank you President Lindborg for your very kind...

13 September 2017
Sierra Leone: Trade opportunities opened with the US

Sierra Leone: Trade opportunities opened with the US

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law by President Clinton in May 2000 with the objective of expanding U.S. trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa, to stimulate economic growth, to encourage economic...

13 September 2017 | Sylvia Villa
Denied access to Mauritania, US anti-slavery activists press on

Denied access to Mauritania, US anti-slavery activists...

Mauritania has denied access to a group of American anti-slavery activists on a mission to West African nations, on grounds that their plans conflicted with Mauritanian law and had not been approved through proper channels. That...

13 September 2017 | Jonathan Jackson
Messe Frankfurt ready to take Africa's clothing expos to next level

Messe Frankfurt ready to take Africa's clothing expos to...

Messe Frankfurt, the third largest trade show organiser in the world, announced on Friday that it will be taking over the South African-based trade shows Source Africa and ATF (Apparel, Textile & Footwear). Messe Frankfurt takes...

09 September 2017 | Carin Smith