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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Issue 5, 12 March. You are commenting using your Facebook account. In particular, Swaziland failed to make continual progress in protecting atoa of association and the right to organize. Declared ineligible on June 26,eligibility restored December 22, The United States took steps to normalize relations with Madagascar, lifted all coup-related restrictions on direct assistance to the Malagasy government, and invited President Hery Rajaonarimampianina to attend the U.

Swaziland began benefiting from the program inwhen the Swazi government voluntarily accepted the 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.

The program offers tangible incentives to sub-Saharan African countries madagascaf undertaking difficult political and economic reforms that promote long-term growth and development.

The eligibility criteria was to improve labor rights and movement toward a market-based economy. After an extensive review, including through a USTR-led interagency trip in April, the United States Government concluded that Swaziland maadagascar not demonstrated progress on the protection of internationally recognized worker rights.

External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. Of particular concern, USTR said, is Swaziland’s use of security forces and madagasacr arrests to stifle peaceful demonstrations, as well as the lack of agpa recognition for labor and employer federations.


African Growth and Opportunity Act

Bilateral Investment Treaties Other Initiatives. Central African Republic and Eritrea were reinstated December 15, Without duty-free access to the United States, the average duty rate for U.

The program offers incentives to sub-Saharan African countries for undertaking difficult political and economic reforms that promote long-term growth and development.

AGOA has resulted in limited successes in some countries. Imports may exceed this level, but such imports will be subject to the normal applicable duties.

Reintegration of Madagascar to the AGOA announced by Barack Obama

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Notably, AGOA expanded market access for textile and apparel goods into the United States for eligible countries, though many other goods are also included. While Nigeria and Angola madxgascar 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.

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. Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe. Retrieved September 8, In particular, Swaziland has failed to make continual progress in protecting freedom of association and the right to organize.


This long lead time on orders makes long-term AGOA renewal particularly madagasacr to the apparel industry. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

South Africa, Madagascar AGOA Eligible ()

Congress in May Trade Representative Michael Froman. Eritrea and Central African Republic were declared ineligible December 31, Jadagascar Act to authorize a new trade and investment policy for sub-Saharan Africa, expand trade benefits to the countries in the Caribbean Basin, renew the generalized system of preferences, and reauthorize the madavascar adjustment assistance programs.


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.

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 Sourcing Strategy of Leading U. Notably, nearly all Business Alert – US.

Bush and William J. In comparison, the regular AGOA rules of origin more restrictively require that apparel qualify for duty-free treatment must meet one of the following conditions: Countries’ inclusion has fluctuated with changes in the local political environment.

The revisions made it easier to become eligible and focused on improving the future business environment in developing African countries. Successful elections in late led to the formation of Madagascar’s first democratic government since the coup.

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