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South Africa under GSP country review: what implications for preferential exports to the United States?

South Africa under GSP country review: what implications for preferential exports to the United States?

On 25 March 2019, the United States Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice through the Federal Register on its annual Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) product and country review. This is a relatively routine...
Author Eckart Naumann
Organisation Trade Law Center (TRALAC)
Publish Date 18 January 2020
Overview of the Cotton, Textile and Apparel Sectors in East Africa Region and Benchmarking with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

Overview of the Cotton, Textile and Apparel Sectors in East Africa Region and Benchmarking with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

Overview of the Cotton, Textile and Apparel Sectors in East Africa Region and Benchmarking with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is a USAID Hub report that serves as a reference for businesses looking to source from East Africa. It provides easily...
Organisation East Africa Trade and Investment Hub
Publish Date 15 February 2018
Is the banning of importation of second-hand clothes and shoes a panacea to industrialization in East Africa?

Is the banning of importation of second-hand clothes and shoes a panacea to industrialization in East Africa?

The objective of this study was to investigate if the banning of importation of second-hand clothes and shoes is a panacea to industrialization in East Africa. Qualitative and quantitative secondary data were employed to validate the...
Author Kitojo Kagome Wetengere
Organisation African Journal of Economic Review
Publish Date 25 January 2018
Rethinking the AGOA model: How to create a pro-structural transformation of the US-AFRICA trade partnership

Rethinking the AGOA model: How to create a pro-structural transformation of the US-AFRICA trade partnership

Seventeen years into the life of the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), two key issues stand out: first, that the preference utilization rate—as indicated by the meagre increases in African exports to the United States—remains...
Author Joy Kategekwa
Organisation United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Publish Date 01 December 2017
Defining and redefining US-AFRICA trade relations during the Trump Presidency

Defining and redefining US-AFRICA trade relations during the Trump Presidency

In an era in which multilateral trade arrangements have garnered more public notoriety than ever before, the suboptimal trade and investment relationship between America and Africa, as underpinned by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA),...
Author Stephen Lande and Dennis Matanda
Organisation Manchester Trade
Publish Date 01 December 2017
The phase-out of second-hand clothing imports: what impact for Tanzania?

The phase-out of second-hand clothing imports: what impact for Tanzania?

The East African Community has begun phasing-out imports of second-hand clothing to promote the development of the domestic garment sector. Using trade data and information obtained from the exporters, this study produces the first estimate of...
Author Linda Calabrese
Organisation Overseas Development Institute
Publish Date 23 October 2017
Overview of the Used Clothing Market in East Africa: Analysis of Determinants and Implications

Overview of the Used Clothing Market in East Africa: Analysis of Determinants and Implications

Overview of the Used Clothing Market in East Africa: Analysis of Determinants and Implications. In March 2016, the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State issued a Joint Communiqué from the 17th Ordinary Summit, expressing their intent to...
Author USAID East Africa Trade Hub
Organisation USAID East Africa Trade Hub
Publish Date 21 August 2017
South Africa and AGOA: Recent developments 2015-2016 and possible suspension

South Africa and AGOA: Recent developments 2015-2016 and possible suspension

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has received much publicity and attention over the past year in particular, for two main reasons: (a) the legislation was set to expire at the end of September 2015 amid uncertainty and many questions...
Author Eckart Naumann
Organisation Trade Law Centre (TRALAC)
Publish Date 15 February 2016
An overview of AGOA’s performance, beneficiaries, renewal provisions and the status of South Africa

An overview of AGOA’s performance, beneficiaries, renewal provisions and the status of South Africa

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a piece of United States legislation, was signed into law by the then President of the United States (US) Bill Clinton on 18 May 2000. AGOA marked a significant and fundamental shift in US policy...
Author Eckart Naumann
Organisation TRALAC
Publish Date 01 September 2015
AGOA’s Reauthorization: Beyond 2015

AGOA’s Reauthorization: Beyond 2015

access to the U.S. market in a wide range of products. It has become a flagstone of the U.S.-African relationship and has successfully shifted focus to trade and economic issues. AGOA was designed to spur economic development by using trade...
Author Leadership Africa USA and New Markets Lab
Organisation Leadership Africa USA
Publish Date 15 January 2015
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AGOA: Observations on competitiveness and diversification of US imports from beneficiary countries

AGOA: Observations on competitiveness and diversification of US imports from beneficiary countries

  GAO (US Government Accountability Office) was asked to examine a number of issues relating to AGOA countries’ trade expansion and economic development, and factors affecting their trade with the United States and other countries. This...
Author USGAO
Organisation USGAO
Publish Date 21 July 2014
AGOA: Background and Reauthorization (CRS)

AGOA: Background and Reauthorization (CRS)

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a nonreciprocal trade preference program that provides duty-free treatment to U.S. imports of certain products from eligible sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. Congress first authorized...
Author Brock Williams
Organisation Congressional Research Service
Publish Date 22 April 2015
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Report on a survey of AGOA’s past, present and future prospects

Report on a survey of AGOA’s past, present and future prospects

Abstract: Eleven years after it entered into force, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a unilateral preference scheme of the US to promote trade and investment, Sub-Saharan member States subject to this scheme have requested an...
Author Stephen Karingi, Laura Páez, Derrese Degefa
Organisation UNECA
Publish Date 29 June 2012