AGOA strategy awareness in motion for Botswana
The Ministry of Investment Trade and Industry (MITI) in collaboration with Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC), U.S. Embassy in Botswana, USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA), the Citizen Entrepreneurship Development Agency (CEDA) and the Botswana Export Credit Insurance (BECI) are conducting nation-wide workshops to sensitize the business community about the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) strategy and potential export opportunities to the United States.
Aimed at empowering economically active Batswana on AGOA issues, the workshops were held in various locations and phases, starting in Lobatse on the 6 February 2018 followed by Tsabong and Ghantsi.
Challenges and opportunities were discussed with a view to fully utilize AGOA and stimulate the interest of Batswana on international trade.
It is envisioned that through stronger collaborations and Botswana’s bilateral trade arrangement with the U.S., foreign investment will increase for goods and services during the strategy implementation and beyond 2025.
The Hub will continue to work with the Government of Botswana to break down barriers to trade to increase exports, achieve regional economic integration and increase uptake in the utilization of AGOA by Botswana businesses.
Capacity constraints will also be addressed and export competitiveness increased for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The National AGOA Response Strategy for Botswana was developed through assistance from USAID and the Trade and Investment Hub and was officially launched in September 2017.
Assistant Trade Officer
Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry
Phone: +267 3685300
Deputy Chief of Party
USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub
Phone: +267 74 018 766