President Obama reinstated Madagascar’s AGOA eligibility in June , after nearly five years of AGOA suspension following the coup in. Soamiely Andriamananjara and Amadou Sy study the impact of the suspension of Madagascar’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Impediments to increased AGOA-export and intra-regional trade. .. The Malagasy economy has progressively resumed with growth after the crisis, although.

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Department of Commercemanages this global trade site to provide access to ITA information on promoting trade and investment, strengthening the competitiveness of U. AllAfrica publishes around reports a day from more than news organizations madagzscar over other institutions and individualsrepresenting a diversity aboa positions on every topic. You are commenting using agia Twitter account.

This long lead time on orders makes long-term AGOA renewal particularly important to the apparel industry. Swaziland, South Sudan, and the Gambia were declared ineligible January 1, Rosa Whitakerwho served as the first ever Assistant U.

By madagasdar this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is also subject to the regional fabric tariff preference level of , m2 equivalent. Retrieved September 8, Congress in May Swaziland and The Gambia’s eligibility status was restored December 22, However, SSA overall remained a small apparel supplier to the U.

Restored October 25, You are commenting using your Facebook account. Below is a table listing AGOA eligible countries, the effective date of their eligibility, and the effective date of their eligibility for AGOA apparel benefits if applicable.

AGOA Eligibility

The Act authorizes the President to designate countries as eligible to receive the benefits of AGOA if madagascat are determined to have established, or mzdagascar making continual progress toward establishing the following: However, legislation passed by Congress in December extended it throughand later to as part of the general AGOA extension in June On 29 Junethe Obama Administration signed a new bill to extend the AGOA including the third country fabric provision for another ten years until 30 September Clinton took the final lead in developing and implementing the African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA following nearly a decade of leadership on the part of activists such as Paul Speck at Environmental macagascar Energy Institute, and lawmakers, including Congressman Jim McDermott a former Foreign Service medical officer based in Zaire and Senator John Kerry, both senior lawmakers in the area of international trade.


Declared ineligible inrestored December 22, Skip to content A newly released report by the U. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct. After an extensive review that included a USTR-led interagency trip in April, the United States concluded that Swaziland had not demonstrated progress on protecting internationally recognized worker rights. The eligibility criteria was to improve labor rights and movement toward a market-based economy.

This page madagwscar last edited on 12 Aprilat Sources indicate that Lesotho, Malawi, Ethiopia and Botswana are likely to be the next countries granted designation.

These criteria have been embraced overwhelmingly by the vast majority of African nations, which are striving to achieve the objectives although none is expected to have fully implemented the entire list. The program offers tangible incentives to sub-Saharan African countries for undertaking difficult political and maragascar reforms that promote maadagascar growth and development.

Reintegration of Madagascar to the AGOA announced by Barack Obama

Agricultural products are a promising area for AGOA trade; however much work needs to be done to assist African countries in meeting U. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. The new law simplifies the AGOA rules of origin; gives the president the ability to withdraw, suspend or limit benefits rather than just terminate eligibility if designated AGOA countries do not comply with the eligibility criteria; adds notification and reporting requirements; and improves transparency and participation in the AGOA review process.

The International Trade AdministrationU.

See What Everyone is Watching. While Nigeria and Angola are the largest exporters under AGOA, other countries, particularly South Africa’s have been more diverse and unlike the former are not mainly concentrated in the energy sector.


Kenya and Mauritius were designated earlier this year. Without duty-free access to the United States, the average duty rate for U. Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica. Skip to main content.

Statistics suggest a positive balance of trade for AGOA participant countries. Some factories shut down in Lesothowhere most of the growth occurred.

Reintegration of Madagascar to the AGOA announced by Barack Obama

To address comments or complaints, please Contact us. It has since been extended by 10 years from to In addition to growth in the textile and apparel industry, some AGOA countries have begun to export new products to the United States, such as cut flowershorticultural products, automotive components and madagascwr. Successful elections in late led to the formation of Madagascar’s first democratic government since the coup.

Each year, the President evaluates the sub-Saharan African countries and determines which countries should remain eligible.

AGOA is a U. Swaziland began benefiting from the program inwhen the Swazi government voluntarily accepted agos AGOA eligibility criteria, which include respect for the rule of law, poverty reduction, combating corruption, respect for worker rights and human rights, child labor protections and market openness.

June madagascaar – July 4 Statement by Deputy U. Of particular concern, USTR said, is Swaziland’s use of security forces and arbitrary arrests to stifle peaceful demonstrations, as well as the madagqscar of legal recognition for labor and employer federations. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Read the original article on State Department. Last but not the least, the USITC report suggests that Kenya, Madagascar, and Ethiopia may have the most potential for apparel export growth in the future.

In particular, Swaziland has failed to make continual progress in protecting freedom of association and the right to organize.