Why We Are Doing Tis
When we commissioned this study, our only request was that a publication o independent expert assessments be put together to reﬂect deep insight into the United States and Arica relations in general, and o AGOA speciﬁcally.We hope that this exercise will become a startingpoint or urther dialogue, and also provide an opportunity or experts to speak directly to stakeholders on both the U.S. and Arican sides. We anticipate that this shall help spur the kind o policy activity that could lead to a more equitable commercial partnership between America and sub-Saharan Arica.Te next iteration will be devoted to additional views by the
in this ﬁeld - those who can contribute to the natural synergies that already exist and can be urther developed between the world’s astest growing region and the world’s largest economy.
President | Manchester radeExcerpt rom the Declaration on the
Africa Growth and Opportunity Act
WE, the Ministers o rade o the Member States o the Arican Union, meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 24-25, 2013 in our 8th Ordinary Session … Hereby adopt the ollowing as a consensus position, hence orth called “
Declaration on the African Growth
”, and: Recommend the development … o a national AGOA Export Strategy and the setting-up o a mechanism that can monitor and evaluate the implementation o AGOA … Direct the Arican Ambassadors Group in Washington, D.C., to continue engaging actively the U.S. Administration and members o Congress on the way orward or a timely, seamless and meaningul reauthorization o AGOA by October 2014 or a period o at least … another 15 yearsin an integrated and all-inclusive approach, so as to guarantee the predictability and certainty required or long-term investment and economic growth both in the U.S. and across the Arican continent, based on mutually reinorcing U.S.-Arica relations … Also call upon the U.S. Administration and Congress to maintain and expand U.S. trade preerences to ensure that Arican products remain competitive and improve rules o origin or some products with high export potential, and that AGOA preerences are not eroded in the context o bilateral or multilateral trade negotiations …
Done in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 25th October 2013AU/I/D/CAMO-8/AGOA.DECL/FINAL
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