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United States and Africa: increased engagement regarding trade creating opportunities in the African free trade area
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in December 2022, between the United States (US) trade representative and the AfCFTA Secretariat at the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit (Summit) in Washington DC.
Confidential document reveals SA fears that AGOA trade pact status is under threat
In a confidential discussion note seen by Daily Maverick, South Africa admits its status as a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act is under threat.
South Africa government officials head to US to save AGOA trade deal
A South African government delegation will embark on a charm offensive in the US this week aiming to defuse tensions with the African nation’s second-biggest trading partner over foreign policy and retain its preferential access to American markets.
Africa: The African Growth and Opportunity Act nears its deadline
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which allows duty- and quota-free exports from eligible African countries into the United States, is due to expire in 2025.
Econews Africa wants Kenya, USA trade deal halted for lack of consultations
The not-for-profit organization Econews Africa (ENA) now wants trade negotiation between the Kenyan and American governments stopped to allow stakeholders to engage.
Kenya, US advance talks on trade and investment partnership
Kenya and the United States of America have completed the second round of negotiations on Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Smallholder farmers group wants US-Kenya trade deal stopped
NAIROBI, Kenya, April 14 – The Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum (KESSFF) is asking the Kenyan government to halt ongoing trade negotiations with the United States, saying the deal favors America and that they have not been involved.
Somalia pursues AGOA membership to bolster trade
The Somali government officially applied to join the 36 African countries on Thursday, benefiting from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
Kenya expects trade partnership deal with US in a year, minister says
Kenya expects to finish talks for a trade and investment deal with the United States by the end of this year and to sign the agreement by April 2024, Trade Minister Moses Kuria said.
EAC proposes flexible US market access under AGOA plan
The East African Community (EAC) wants the US government to make the rules governing access to their market more flexible under the planned renewal of the African Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa).
US cuts off Burkina Faso from Africa duty-free trade program
The United States has dropped Burkina Faso from its AGOA trade preference program citing deep concerns over "unconstitutional change" in government in the West African country, the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office said on Sunday.
Kenya–US resume physical trade meetings
Trade talks between Kenya and the US are back on track with full resumption of in-person meetings after a six-month break following Kenya’ s elections and change of administration.
Will US replace African Growth and Opportunity Act with Continental Free Trade Agreement?
Does the US intend to replace Agoa — the African Growth and Opportunity Act — which has benefitted so many SA exporters, with a free trade agreement with the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) when Agoa expires in 2025?
AGOA comeback under threat from Africa free trade deal
The US government is exploring ways of renewing a preferential trade programme that gives countries in sub-Saharan Africa preferential access to US markets, allowing them to export products tariff-free.
AAFA calls for prioritizing AGOA renewal at US-Africa Leaders Summit
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and more than 20 organizations have appealed for long-term renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
Kenya eyes duty-free deal with 3 countries
The cabinet says negotiations with the US, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates on the Free Trade Area are ongoing as Kenya seeks to expand access to its products beyond the regional and traditional markets.
Burkina Faso to be excluded from US-Africa trade deal - White House
The United States will exclude Burkina Faso from the trade agreement linking the world’s leading power to African countries, the White House announced Wednesday, November 2.
EAC states challenged on trade agreements
The East African Community (EAC) partner states have been challenged to increase their volume of transactions under regional and international trade agreements.
US removes Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from AGOA trade programme
US removes Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from duty-free trade programme over alleged rights violations and recent coups.
US mum on Kenya trade pact talks
Separate statements issued by both Kenya’s Trade Cabinet secretary Betty Maina and her US trade chief Katherine Tai, after a virtual meeting last Tuesday did not provide any timelines for resuming the stalled talks on the deal signalling a persisting deadlock.