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President Trump’s Africa strategy advances prosperity, security, and stability [incl. Factsheet]

President Trump’s Africa strategy advances prosperity, security, and stability [incl. Factsheet]

Remarks by National Security Advisor Ambassador John R. Bolton on the Trump Administration’s New Africa Strategy I’m delighted again to be here at the Heritage, an institution that really has contributed so much to the public policy debate for many decades now in the United States. And I’m particularly pleased to be here to unveil the Trump administration’s new Africa Strategy, which the President approved yesterday, and which the administration will begin executing immediately. This strategy is the result of an intensive...

13 December 2018
'Here's why the used clothing trade deserves more attention'

'Here's why the used clothing trade deserves more attention'

While friction over the ban of used clothing exports from the US to East Africa seems to have come to an end, some fundamental issues still remain, according to Shannon Brady and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware. Their latest research throws up complex economic, social, legal and political factors linked with the trade in second-hand clothes and questions the effectiveness of preference programmes such as AGOA as a tool for economic development Back in March 2016, the East African Community (EAC) which includes Kenya, Rwanda,...

11 December 2018 | Shannon Brady and Dr Sheng Lu
Telephonic press briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs

Telephonic press briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs

MEDIA ADVISORY | December 6, 2018  Telephonic Press Briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. EVENT Please join us on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 11:30 UTC| 13:30 SAST| 14:30 EAT for a telephonic press briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. Assistant Secretary Nagy will speak to us from Nairobi, Kenya to discuss U.S. policy in Africa and outcomes of his current travel to the region. The...

03 December 2018
Uganda's plan for more trade under AGOA

Uganda's plan for more trade under AGOA

Uganda is working on a plan to increase its exports to the US through the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) in the next five years. Under Agoa, a US trade legislation enacted in May 2000, sub-Saharan African countries export more than 6,000 different products duty free. The Act originally covered an eight-year period from October 2000 to September 2008, but legislative amendments signed into law by former US president George Bush in July 2004 extended Agoa to 2015. The legislation was further extended to 2025. Trade, Industry and...

28 November 2018
Nigeria: Federal government unfolds AGOA strategy on exporting products – official

Nigeria: Federal government unfolds AGOA strategy on exporting products – official

The Federal Government has begun the implementation strategy to ensure that non-oil products are duly accepted in the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The products that are being considered for export under AGOA include sesame seed, cashew, tomatoes, oranges, cassava, spices and ginger. Others are shea butter, cow pea, banana, plantain, cement, clinker, leather and articles of leather, arts and handicrafts, specialty foods and cocoa. Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar, the Deputy Director, Trade Department, Ministry of Industry, Trade...

23 November 2018
Nigeria: How exporters can benefit from AGOA

Nigeria: How exporters can benefit from AGOA

Mr. Babatunde Faleke is the Regional Coordinator, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) Lagos. In this interview with ABIBAT AMINU he speaks on opportunities open to Nigerian exporters, especially under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Excerpts: Is the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) still relevant today? Yes of course the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is United States Trade Act is still as relevant today as when it was first mooted. AGOA significantly enhances the U.S market access for 39...

09 November 2018 | ABIBAT AMINU
US to end trade benefits for Mauritania over forced labour

US to end trade benefits for Mauritania over forced labour

President Donald Trump said the United States will revoke Mauritania’s preferred trade status in January because of its failure to make progress on human rights – namely, slavery. The West African nation will no longer be eligible for benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which affects market access, investment, and reduced or eliminated tariffs on U.S. imports. “I am providing notice of my intent to terminate the designation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (Mauritania) as a beneficiary sub-Saharan...

03 November 2018
South Africa's champion in the US, Congressman Ed Royce, takes a bow

South Africa's champion in the US, Congressman Ed Royce, takes a bow

The outgoing chairman of the US House Foreign Relations Committee is doing South Africa one more favour before he lays down the gavel.   US Congressman Ed Royce has been South Africa’s champion in America since he met Madiba in 1997. So it’s not surprising that he’s once again on the case, using his considerable influence in Washington to try to overturn the punitive tariffs which the Trump administration slapped on imports of South African steel and aluminium in March 2018. Royce, a California Republican who chairs the...

01 November 2018 | Peter Fabricius
Kenya: US Ambassador Godec’s remarks on direct flight launch between Nairobi and New York

Kenya: US Ambassador Godec’s remarks on direct flight launch between Nairobi and New York

Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo! Habari za jioni? This is an historic day for Kenya and the United States!  And I am very glad to be here to share it with you.  If there’s one phrase that sums up today, it has to be: when you dream big “the sky’s the limit”! The United States and Kenya have a long and extraordinary partnership.  Over 55 years we have demonstrated time and again that through strong cooperation and commitment – we can accomplish amazing things! Together we have woven a beautiful tapestry...

28 October 2018
Ghana Chamber to build capacity of businesses to utilise opportunities in AGOA

Ghana Chamber to build capacity of businesses to utilise opportunities in AGOA

The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its partners are working together to increase Ghana's utilisation of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). AGOA accords sub Saharan African countries the opportunity to export over 6,500 products on a duty-free and quota-free basis. Over the years, Ghana had not been able to derive much benefit from AGOA, hence the need to encourage them to form partnerships to make strides, Nana Dr Appiagyei Dankawoso I, President of GNCCI said. He said this at a meeting called by the Chamber...

24 October 2018
Hello, America! USAID, direct flights to increase AGOA exports to US

Hello, America! USAID, direct flights to increase AGOA exports to US

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Hub will from November 2018 to March 2019 provide direct support in the audit and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certification process. Already, USAID is helping companies in the East African region become more export competitive. WRAP is a minimum standard for social compliance where US textile and apparel buyers procure products from ethical and socially compliant companies. The audit support comes at a time when direct flights from Nairobi to New York are...

19 October 2018 | Njenga Hakeenah
Nigeria: 'Many manufacturers don’t know much about AGOA' — NEPC

Nigeria: 'Many manufacturers don’t know much about AGOA' — NEPC

The Executive Director, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Mr Segun Awolowo,  has said many indigenous industrialists and manufacturers do not know much about what it takes to export under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. He also stated that value addition and manufacturing of world-class products would enhance their global competitiveness. Awolowo spoke through the  Head of AGOA Desk, NEPC Zonal Office, Mrs Bolanle Emmanuel, during a workshop on ‘Understanding AGOA’s procedures and documentation’ on Thursday in...

14 October 2018 | Success Nwogu
Kenya looks beyond apparel to double earnings from AGOA

Kenya looks beyond apparel to double earnings from AGOA

Kenya is betting on bigger shipments of processed food, tea and coffee to help double its export earnings from the US free-trade deal in five years’ time — marking a shift from its long dependence on apparels. Several Kenyan products, notably apparel and agricultural produce, are big beneficiaries of the preferential African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) arrangement, which has lifted import duty on all eligible products and granted preferential market access upon compliance with Rules of Origin. Apparels have long dominated as...

30 September 2018
2019 Mandela Washington fellowship for young African leaders

2019 Mandela Washington fellowship for young African leaders

Applications for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders are now open. This program for young professionals aged 25-35 brings them together with like-minded change agents from all over sub-Saharan Africa. Fellows attend a six-week training course at a top university in the United States focused on one of three leadership tracks: Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management. Interested candidates can learn more about the Fellowship and apply here: bit.ly/  ApplyYALI2019. Applications are due by...

28 September 2018