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US Professors to Lobby for AGOA

Published date:
Tuesday, 09 November 2004
New Vision (Kampala)

Two professors from the University of South Carolina in the US have vowed to lobby their government to restrict the quantity of textiles Asia exports to America.

While visiting Apparels Tri-Star in Bugolobi recently, Robert Relfe and Doug Woodward, said if Uganda and other African countries are to sustain exports to the US, they should be protected from being swallowed up.

"We are going to lobby our government through the media and other structures like the (US) Senate to restrict textile imports from Asian Tigers," Woodward said.

He said since they have a big African-American population in southern Carolina, supporting Africa to fight poverty was a popular need.

Relfe said a country like Uganda cannot compete with big economies like India or China.

The duo has been on a fact-finding mission in East Africa.

“AGOA Latest AGOA Trade Data currently available on

Click here to view a sector profile of Uganda’s bilateral trade with the United States, disaggregated by total exports and imports, AGOA exports and GSP exports.

Other regularly updated trade statistics on include: (click each link to view)

  • AGOA-beneficiary Countries’ AGOA and GSP Trade Aggregates

  • AGOA Trade by Industry Sector

  • Apparel Trade under AGOA’s Wearing Apparel Provisions

  • Latest Apparel Quotas under AGOA

  • Bilateral Trade Data for all AGOA-eligible countries individually.

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