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Title:The implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by beneficiary (African) States
Author:Ojione, Ojieh ChukwuemekaISNI
Periodical:Nigerian Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 0331-3646)
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
United States
Subjects:foreign policy
international trade
Abstract:The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a United States trade legislation which seeks to open US markets to African exports - particularly African fabrics, fashion and agricultural products - duty-free. The Act became effective in 2000. It seeks to promote a good relationship between sub-Saharan Africa and the United States and develop a partnership through trade and investment incentives, particularly with African countries undertaking economic and political reforms. Sub-Saharan Africa could do with some technical assistance and support to fully realize the gains of AGOA. Hence, a number of US government agencies and officials have been providing a wide range of technical assistance and trade capacity-building programmes and have given AGOA a success rating. However, beneficiary States have shown a somewhat lacklustre embrace of the package or are at best implementing AGOA with trepidation. The present article analyses the levels of AGOA implementation by beneficiary States during the first five years of its existence. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract]