The Hub's Trade Promotion and AGOA Team was in Gabon, August 24 - 28, to serve as speakers and facilitators of the African Women and Entrepreneur Program (AWEP) sessions and private sector plenary sessions. One of the Hub's primary objectives is to advance AGOA utilization, including the facilitation of a 40% increase in exports from the East African region to the U.S., under AGOA.
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has been the cornerstone of the U.S. Government's trade policy with sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. AGOA offers African producers the opportunity to exports thousands of goods, including apparel, to the U.S. without paying duties. Read about the Hub's work with AGOA.
This year's Forum was entitled "AGOA at 15: Charting a Course for a Sustainable U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Partnership." It celebrated the recent 10 year re-authorization of AGOA - the longest in history - and the important role that women, civil society, and the private sector play in promoting trade, expanding inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and generating prosperity.
Below, USAID Deputy Coordinator for Trade Africa Matt Rees discusses the impact AGOA has made in East Africa, and the remaining opportunities.