TRALAC - Trade Law Centre

Namibia encouraged to make more use of AGOA

Friday, 06 July 2018 Published: | NAMPA

Source: The Namibian Newspaper

THE United States of America's ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson has encouraged Namibian businesses to make use of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), also known as the Trade and Development Act of 2000, was approved by the United States congress in May 2000.

It promotes duty-free market access to the US to assist the economies of sub-Saharan Africa, and to improve economic relations between the US and the region.

Speaking during the 242nd US independence celebrations on Wednesday, Johnson said the act makes provision for many Namibian products.Namibian beef, which is eligible for duty-free benefits, will soon be available in grocery shops in the US.

“It's exciting to see increasing partnerships in our economic ties,” said Johnson.

She added that the partnership has many elements, such as the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar) which contributed over N$15 billion (US$1,1 billion) for HIV-AIDS activities since its inception in 2004, as well as Peace Corps volunteers working in Namibia.

The US is also helping Namibia's communal conservancy programme, with over N$260 million (US$19 million) given to the ministry of environment and tourism to assist in combating poaching and wildlife trafficking.

“The Namibia-USA partnership is also characterised by many academic, cultural and professional exchange programmes,” the ambassador noted.At the same occasion, deputy minister of land reform Priscilla Boois said the two countries' relationship is underscored by the valuable support the US continues to provide to Namibia through various programmes.

“Namibia's appeal to the American people and government is that although we are doing well in some areas such as fighting HIV-AIDS, we still need support to turn the tide and win the battle of economic emancipation and social justice,” she stated. 


Related News

Namibia seeks to take advantage of AGOA

Namibia seeks to take advantage of AGOA

The Namibian government is working on a strategy to take maximum advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) that has been extended till 2025, the Namibian Press Agency has reported. The original Act expires on September 30, 2015. “We are now developing an engagement strategy on how best we can benefit from AGOA as well as ready ourselves for post- 2025...

06 July, 2015
'Namibian beef in US market soon' - official

'Namibian beef in US market soon' - official

The US Ambassador to Namibia Thomas Daughton who met President Hage Geingob at State House on Wednesday has vowed to work toward strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and pave the way for the introduction of Namibian beef in his country. Addressing the media after a closed door meeting, Daughton said he had fruitful discussions with the Namibian leader...

22 April, 2015
Namibia: What impact will an Obama re-election have on Namibia as well as Africa?

Namibia: What impact will an Obama re-election have on Namibia as well as Africa?

With the American Presidential elections expected in November 2012, New Era spoke to local political analysts to find out what impact the re-election or, alternatively loss of power of the incumbent President Barack Obama, will mean for Namibia and Africa. The Executive Director at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Graham Hopwood, believes that Obama mainly...

11 January, 2012
Namibia: Geingob leads SME team to USA

Namibia: Geingob leads SME team to USA

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Hage Geingob, has led a small team of Namibian SMEs and youth leaders on a trade and investment mission to the US. First the Minister and delegation attended the US-Africa Business Summit organised by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) in Washington DC from October 4 to 7. The CCA is a US-based business association and holds this...

17 October, 2011
Does the space for industrialisation exist for Namibia?

Does the space for industrialisation exist for Namibia?

In 2004 Namibia adopted Vision 2030 as its roadmap for the industrialisation of our country. The Vision envisages that Namibia shall be developed by her own human resources. We are in the seventh year in the implementation. Yet, we do not, as a nation, have a concrete roadmap for industrialisation. At the same time the global trading system is fast changing. The rules of...

06 September, 2011