Tag Archives: AGOA

An End to the Never-Ending South African Poultry Dispute?

President Obama, on January 11, suspended the application of duty-free treatment to South Africa’s agricultural exports that come into the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The suspension will take effect on March 15 if South Africa does not lower tariffs on American poultry products before then. The development represents another twist … Continue Reading

From the AGOA Forum in Gabon to the WTO Ministerial in Nairobi

For years, many observers treated Africa’s plans for regional integration with a healthy dose of skepticism. Though the skepticism remains, what has changed is the wide-spread acknowledgement and elevated importance of regional economic integration to grow Africa’s economies, create jobs for its rapidly growing youth population, and improve lives. Last month’s AGOA Forum, hosted by … Continue Reading

Gabon To Host Back-to-Back African Investment Forums

Later this month, Gabon will host two major African investment forums: the AGOA Forum and the New York Forum AFRICA. Established by the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the AGOA Forum is an annual gathering that brings together high-level African and U.S. government officials to discuss strengthening economic ties between the U.S. and the continent. … Continue Reading

AGOA Should Do More to Strengthen Intellectual Property in Africa’s Creative Sectors

It is a welcome development that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has moved closer to reauthorization. However, much more can and should be done through AGOA to strengthen intellectual property (IP) rights in Africa, particularly in the continent’s creative sectors. Africa’s creative sectors have the potential to be key economic drivers and IP … Continue Reading

AGOA Moves Forward: Reviewing Last Week’s Reauthorization in the U.S. Senate

On Thursday of last week and with a vote of 97-1, the U.S. Senate approved the “Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015,” which includes reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). With this action, the Senate seeks to reaffirm the “centerpiece of trade relations between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa,” as well … Continue Reading

Strengthening U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment

The U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means is currently considering the renewal and strengthening of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  AGOA is the cornerstone of the U.S.-African commercial relationship, and the African Union (AU) has called for a 15 year extension of the Act, from 2015 to 2030.  Since its enactment in … Continue Reading

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: A Historic Opportunity

On August 4-6, President Obama will welcome over forty-five African heads of state and government to Washington D.C. for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.  The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit reflects the administration’s desire to forge a deeper relationship with African governments especially as it concerns  trade and investment,  Africa’s security and democratic development.  The first two … Continue Reading

Panel of Experts Provides Key Recommendations on Renewing AGOA

Yesterday, the Africa-America Institute (“AAI”) kicked off its inaugural Conversations on Africa Series with a panel forum themed “AGOA 2015: Positioning Renewal to Ensure Better Human Capacity Training.”  Moderated by Kamran Khan, Vice President of the Department of Compact Operations, Millennium Challenge Corporation, the panel consisted of: Her Excellency Liberata Mulamula, Ambassador to the U.S., … Continue Reading
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