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Namibia’s Garment Exports under AGOA Continue to Flourish

Friday, 30 July 2004

Source: The Times of Zambia (Ndola)

United States ambassador to Zambia Martin Brennan has urged Zambian companies to take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to increase trade with his country, especially in the textile industry.

Mr Brennan, who was speaking yesterday after he toured Unity Garments Limited plant in Ndola, said it was time more Zambian companies started exporting products to the US under AGOA.

He said under AGOA, eligible African countries enjoyed duty-free access to the US markets for nearly all products.

It was good that this year, Zambian companies had begun to take greater advantage of AGOA by directly exporting garments to the US and Unity Garments Limited was one of them.

Mr Brennan said he was happy to see that Unity Garments had ready garments which would be shipped to the US under AGOA.

This was the first time he was visiting a company that was exporting to the US under the facility.

Mr Brennan took time to look at hospital scrubs which were being tailored and made for exports to the United States during the tour.

The AGOA period has been extended to the year 2015.

Mr Brennan, however, said sometimes it was not easy for companies which had not exported to the US under the AGOA facility before to break through.

He said his Government was holding workshops during which such companies were invited and given some skills.

And Export Board of Zambia (EBZ) executive director Glyne Michelo, who accompanied the ambassador, expressed happiness at the extension of the AGOA facility.

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