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Namibia: President, US ambassador discuss AGOA

Monday, 28 January 2008

Source: The Namibian (Windhoek)

The US Ambassador to Namibia, Dennise Mathieu, announced that Namibia can export over 6,000 products to her country under AGOA.

Mathieu made the announcement after her meeting with President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Wednesday afternoon at State House.

Currently, Namibia exports, grapes, textiles and crafts to USA under AGOA.

Mathieu also announced that Namibian beef will soon hit the America markets.

"We are busy trying to offer technical assistance so that Namibian beef would qualify for the America markets," said Mathieu.

She also said two Namibian oyster producers have shown interest in exporting their products to USA, explaining also that technical assistance will be offered to them to facilitate their products to qualify for entering the USA markets.

Efforts to get comments from the Ministry of Trade and Industry whether Namibia is fully utilising the opportunity to export duty-free products to USA under AGOA proved futile, as the officials who are dealing with AGOA are out of town. [Note: see link below for the latest bilateral trade data between Namibia and the USA under AGOA, presented by ]

The US Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which was promulgated in October 2000, is aimed at moving Africans from poverty to prosperity by increasing their economic opportunities.

The Act extends Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) status for qualifying African countries to September 2008 and expands the existing list of 4 650 GSP products by 1 837.

Thirty-four Sub-Saharan African countries, including Namibia, qualify for AGOA.

Much has been said about the large number of new export opportunities and jobs that will be created out of AGOA.

President Pohamba and Ambassador Mathieu meeting was aimed at assessing and discussing the US/Namibia bilateral relations, which she described as 'excellent.'

“ Latest AGOA Trade Data currently available on

Click here to view a sector profile of Namibia’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.