African and US officials, private sector representatives, and members of civil society organisations gathered last week in Washington for the 17th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, with discussions addressing options for a “post-AGOA” model from 2025 onwards, including the possibility of crafting free trade deals.
This year’s event was held under the theme “Forging New Strategies for US-Africa Trade and Investment.”
Referring to the future of US-Africa trade ties after the current version of AGOA expires in 2025, US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer explained that any new vision should recognise that sub-Saharan Africa has evolved substantially in the nearly two decades since the AGOA system began. Read more. Source | Bridges