Eighty Tanzanian businesses participated in the Hub’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Preparedness Workshop on February 7 in Dar es Salaam. Hub advisors and local partners provided participating businesses with practical knowledge on how to maximize opportunities through AGOA. Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment Professor Adolf Mkenda officially opened the workshop alongside representatives from the U.S. Mission in Tanzania and the U.S. Mission in Kenya/East Africa. Permanent Secretary Professor Mkenda emphasized the Tanzania government’s commitment to ensure full utilization of AGOA by Tanzanian businesses.
The workshop provided an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn from one another, government officials and industry specialists in their home country. The Hub clarified AGOA parameters and its duty-free advantages, and discussed the paperwork needed for certified export. The Hub and its grantee Open Capital Advisors (OCA) introduced their new “Tailored Business Support Program” and screened many of the workshop participants for suitability in the program. The OCA/Hub program supports SMEs to become more investment- and export-ready.
“The workshop provided us with an opportunity to learn more about AGOA export requirements. With AGOA duty-free exportation access, Vikapu Bomba gets an opportunity to reach the largest single market in the world and impact many more women's social economic lives,” said Catherine Founder & Managing Director Vikapu Bomba.
“The workshop helped me to understand incentives offered, relevant rules for export such as customs requirements, certificate of origin, product quality and importance of delivering orders on time to be able to fully utilize on the AGOA opportunity,” said Fuhiya Kishimbo of CRACODE.