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Trump administration looks toward the future US-African trade and investment relationship
The US hopes to build on AGOA’s success by strengthening bilateral trade relationships in sub-Saharan Africa with the goal of establishing a free trade agreement that could serve as a model for developing countries.
Free trade and its pitfalls: Lessons for Africa
Despite having several trade and investment agreements from 1975, the inability for Africa to build substantial productive capacity has in effect rendered the continent a net importer, unable to meet even its own food requirements.
Africa-US AGOA trade talks end with no decision, waning enthusiasm
It is not clear whether the U.S. wants to change the AGOA deal before it expires in 2025 or extend it further - no decision was made on either count.
Lighthizer pushes for ‘greater reciprocity’ with AGOA nations
A more balanced trading relationship is vital in order to maintain support in Congress for AGOA, which allows for duty-free treatment of goods from eligible Sub-Saharan African countries, Lighthizer said.
Trump administration’s Africa policy in focus at AGOA trade talks
With the Trump administration’s trade agenda focused on reining in China and renegotiating the North American Free Trade agreement, Africa has barely appeared on the radar screen.
After AGOA: SA must prepare for two-way free trade agreements with US
The Trump Administration has signalled its impatience to replace the AGOA preferential trade deal with Africa with normal two-way free trade agreements.
Ross: African countries face ‘critical question’
US Commerce Secretary delivered a tough message to African countries, urging them to strike bilateral trade deals with the United States and warning that the Trump administration would closely monitor their compliance with eligibility rules under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
US complains of disadvantage as EU-SADC trade deal kicks in
As the EU-SADC’s economic partnership agreement takes effect, the Obama administration has raised concerns that US companies have been left at a competitive disadvantage.
Congress to give AGOA some love
The short congressional session won’t be a total dead period for trade policy as the House is set to take up a bill today to enhance the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
60 000 tonnes de volailles américaines entreront bientôt en Afrique du sud
L’association sud-africaine des importateurs et exportateurs de viande (AMIESA) est prête à recevoir plus de 60 000 tonnes de volailles en provenance des USA.
South Africa ends trade row with US over chicken imports
South Africa has resolved a trade row with the US which threatened to throw South Africa out of its preferential trade programme over its refusal to allow the importation of American chickens.
SA is in ’extra time’ over Agoa – Rob Davies
The trade and industry minister insists SA will continue talks over the African Growth and Opportunity Act and it is for the US to "blow the whistle".
South Africa spurns free trade to protect its meat market
America and South Africa are beating the drumsticks of trade war
Obama punishes South Africa over chicken row
US president Barack Obama has suspended agricultural benefits to South Africa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after its repeated refusal to resume imports of US chicken.
A Libreville, les Africains dressent un bilan mitigé de l’accord de libre-échange avec les Etats-Unis
L’ouverture du marché américain qu’a permis la loi AGOA est une ouverture en trompe-l’œil. Les produits pétroliers et le textile ont été privilégiés, mais ceux-ci ne constituent pas l’essentiel du potentiel de l’ensemble des pays africains.
Agoa bill proposes three-year timeline for SA
A bill to renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) for 10 years would give the US Trade Representative expanded authority to deal with countries considered non compliant, like South Africa.
Barriers to SA markets a concern for US
The failure of the US and South Africa to achieve a free trade agreement in 2006 came to haunt them on Tuesday as their delegations gathered for consultations under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement signed in 1999.
Gambia dropped from US trade program
The Obama administration has announced that Gambia is no longer eligible for trade benefits under AGOA amid growing concerns over the country’s LGBT crackdown and other human rights abuses. South Sudan is also dropped.
US-Africa Summit - Are we up for a new deal?
The US Trade Representative Michael Froman argues for comprehensive trade and investment strategy – read possibly in the future, negotiate reciprocal trade agreements, à la EU-Africa Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) but with more binding investment clauses to protect the interests of US businessmen.
Michael Froman sets stage for Africa summit, AGOA debate
US Trade Representative Michael Froman on Tuesday called for a new “compact” to boost trade and investment with sub-Saharan African nations, as President Barack Obama prepares to meet with 50 African leaders next week and Congress looks at renewing a 14-year-old program for the region.