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Bush to Give AGOA Award to Museveni

Wednesday, 28 May 2003

Source: New Vision (Kampala)

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni is to be honoured by US president George Bush in June as Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) marks its third year since it was signed into law by former US president Bill Clinton.

AGOA was enacted to allow products from select African countries to enter duty free and quota- free to the US market as a strategy to boost development in Africa.

Museveni will be honoured at the White House for the being the first African President to endorse AGOA and for his relentless campaign for the developed countries to open up and allow African products enter their markets as the only viable option for development on the continent.

"I am glad to disclose to you that as we mark the third year since AGOA was signed to law by former US president Bill Clinton, President Museveni will receive honour from President Bush at the White House as part of the festivities to mark AGOA's third success year," Rosa Whitaker, a former trade official for Africa in charge of AGOA told The New Vision on Monday.

Whitaker, who is currently in Uganda with the largest AGOA garment dealer in the US, John Sporidis, are touring textile industries in the country with the hope of sourcing for more textiles to meet the huge demand in the American market.

Whitaker is also in Uganda to advance a report on investment strategy for Uganda and to work on Discovery Channel, a documentary that is meant to sell Uganda as a viable investment destination and promote tourism and other sectors in the country.

"I am here to see the expansion of job creation and increase in exports . To this effect, Uganda's export to the Unied States have increased from $6 million in the last quarter of 2001-2002, to $10 million in the first quarter of 2003," Whitaker added.