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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Rosa Whitakerwho served as the first ever Assistant U. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Swaziland and The Gambia’s eligibility status was restored December 22, August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Restored October 25, As a result, apparel made in Madagascar from any third-party fabric, such as fabric made in Hong Kong, will be eligible for the duty-free access to the US market.

Without duty-free access to the United States, the average duty rate for U. 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.

June 30 – July 4 Statement by Deputy U. 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 Declared ineligible on June 26,eligibility restored December 22, 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.

It is also subject to the regional fabric tariff preference level of , m2 equivalent. The Act’s apparel special provision, which permits lesser-developed countries to use foreign fabric for their garment exports, was to expire in September 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.


Swaziland began benefitting from the program in when the Swazi government voluntarily accepted the AGOA eligibility criteria, which includes respect for the rule of law, poverty reduction, combatting corruption, respect for worker rights and human rights, child labor protections, and market openness.

After an extensive review, including through a USTR-led interagency trip in April, the United States Government concluded that Swaziland had not demonstrated progress on the protection of internationally recognized worker rights. The decision to reinstate Madagascar’s AGOA eligibility recognizes the nation’s return to democratic rule, as well as President Rajaonarimampianina’s commitment to promote transparency, combat corruption and begin rebuilding Madagascar’s economy.

Sourcing Strategy of Leading U. To be considered qualifying apparel, the garment madagasfar meet at least one of the following criteria:. Some factories shut down in Lesotho aboa, where most of the growth occurred. Agricultural products are a promising area for AGOA trade; however much work needs to be done to assist African countries in meeting U.

Madagascar were evidenced by the sharp decline in its apparel exports to the U. Of particular concern, USTR said, is Swaziland’s use of security forces and arbitrary arrests to stifle peaceful demonstrations, as well as the lack of legal recognition for labor and employer federations.

President Obama removes Swaziland, reinstates Madagascar for AGOA Benefits

AGOA is a U. It has since been extended by 10 years from to Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.

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South Africa, Madagascar AGOA Eligible ()

AGOA is a U. Imports may exceed this level, but such imports will be subject to the normal applicable duties. Central African Republic and Eritrea were reinstated December 15, We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government maxagascar and spokespersons. The program offers tangible incentives to sub-Saharan African countries for undertaking difficult political and economic reforms that promote long-term growth and development.

Business Alert – US. Declared ineligible December 31, and reinstated December 15, 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.


Reintegration of Madagascar to the AGOA announced by Barack Obama

You are commenting using your WordPress. Successful elections in late led to the formation of Madagascar’s first democratic government since the coup. About Business Alert – US.

AGOA has resulted in limited successes in some countries. The proclamation was the result of a public comment period and extensive interagency deliberations of each country’s performance against the eligibility criteria established in the Act.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. 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: However, the dismantling of the Multi Fibre Agreement ‘s world quota regime for textile and apparel trade in January reversed some of the gains made in the African textile industry due to increased competition from developing nations outside of Africa, particularly China.

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 and 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. Countries’ inclusion has fluctuated with changes in the local political environment.

Due to limited yarn and fabric production in SSA, the third-country fabric provision remained critical for SSA exports of apparel to receive duty-free entrance to the United States. The International Trade AdministrationU.