AGOA: One Year After Renewal›By Tarek Ben Youssef // Wednesday, August 3, 2016
It has been one year since the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was renewed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by the Honorable President Barack Obama. The extension of AGOA through September 2025 provides certainty and predictability to the U.S.-Africa economic relationship and conveys a strong signal of confidence to the U.S. business community and African partners.MORE
Swaziland’s Eligibility for AGOA at Risk›By Dimpho Motsamai // Monday, May 12, 2014
The immediate future of Swaziland’s duty-free export market to the United States (US) through the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is hanging by a thread this month. In April 2014, the US AGOA delegation and senior government officials in Swaziland, including the country’s long serving Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, met over the country’s eligibility status as an AGOA beneficiary. The meetings assessed progress made by the Swaziland government in implementing five benchmarks related to the country’s continued eligibility for AGOA concerning labor and political rights law and regulation, before a May 15, 2014 deadline.MORE
Improving on AGOA: African Exports to the U.S.›By Makhtar Thiam // Monday, September 30, 2013
Trade relations between sub-Saharan Africa and the United States, specifically African exports to the United States, must be examined and re-evaluated after the implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In 2000, the U.S. Congress passed this commercial law, which enabled qualifying African countries to receive the benefits of tariff and quota elimination in order to encourage the adoption of free-market economies and boost compliance to American trade ideals. Similar to the existing Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), AGOA extends access for the 39 eligible countries in the region to an additional 7,000 agricultural and material commodities.MORE
A Smarter AGOA, A Better-Off Africa›By Richard Seshie // Wednesday, August 28, 2013
“How much good luck has your name brought to Nigeria?” This question from 10 year old prodigy Zuriel Oduwole during the African Union’s 50th anniversary brought President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria to laughter, being a direct allusion to his name. He nevertheless proceeded to answer.
The same allusion could be asked of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA). “How many opportunities has AGOA brought to Africa?” AGOA exports from Africa to the U.S. have increased over 500 percent to $53.8 billion between 2000 and 2011. Some experts estimate that 300,000 jobs in Africa and another 1.5 million indirect jobs have been created because of AGOA. Nonetheless, AGOA has barely scratched the surface of what is achievable.MORE
Reflections on the 2013 AGOA Forum›By Rep. Karen Bass // Monday, August 19, 2013
Earlier this week, I was privileged to be a Member of the U.S. Delegation to the 2013 AGOA Forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. First signed into law in 2000 by President Clinton, the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) provides duty-free access to the U.S. market for a list of products and apparel.
Over the years, AGOA has helped develop African industry, particularly in textile and apparel sectors. It also created hundreds of thousands of African jobs, pulled millions out of poverty and empowered women across the continent. As a result, one of AGOA’s greatest benefits is that it prioritizes trade as an alternative to traditional aid paradigms.MORE
‘Beyond AGOA’: Setting the Stage›By Leadership Project // Monday, August 12, 2013
The Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity at the Woodrow Wilson Center are proud to announce the launch of our next special series: ‘Beyond AGOA.’ Signed into law in May of 2000, The African Growth and Opportunity Act seeks to foster stronger relations between the United States and the African continent as a whole while helping economies in many of its countries grow and open themselves up to international trade.MORE
President Obama in Africa – Up Close Part I: Prioritizing U.S.-Africa Policy›By Steve McDonald // Tuesday, June 25, 2013
On Wednesday night, June 26, President Barak Obama begins his long- anticipated trip to Africa. While he has made two earlier visits to the continent – as a Senator in August and September 2006, when he visited five African Countries, and one-off stops in Egypt (June 2009) and Ghana (July 2009) as President – this is the first trip as President that incorporates stops in multiple countries – Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. The significance of this trip compared with the others is that it provides a unique opportunity for the President to outline and give impetus to his Administration’s Africa policy, which is what most Africans and those of us who follow African policy are waiting for.MORE
Paying It Forward: How to Sustain New Generations of Female and Youth Leaders in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa›By Edith Kirumba // Monday, May 6, 2013
By Edith Kirumba
Postdoctoral Research Officer at the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)
As Africa gradually becomes a knowledge-based society, the role of women and youth in this transformation cannot be overemphasized. African youth and women are the driving forces of Africa’s development due to their zeal, innovativeness, and aspirations about the future of the continent. The African Youth Charter defines ‘youth’ as persons aged between 15 and 35 years. Africa is the most youthful continent with close to 65% of its population being men and women below 35 years of age. The youth and women in Africa are faced with numerous challenges including illiteracy, unemployment and underemployment, gender based inequalities, isolation from the development process, and rampant poverty. Science, technology and innovation (STI) are crucial to Africa’s development and global competitiveness, and the youth and women are key partners in this journey.MORE
Transformative Effects of Women, Youth and Technological Innovation›By Gregor Young // Wednesday, May 1, 2013
By Gregor Young
Management Systems International
Today, May 1st, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host a conference entitled African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation. This conference, co-hosted by the African Technology Policy Studies Network, will present examples of technology innovation by women and youth in Africa, as well as discuss the critical role of leadership and innovation mentorship for sustaining future generations on the continent, enabling a brighter future.
Additional discussion on the role of technology and innovation relating not only to development, but to the status and participation of women and youth, is timely. The past decade has seen exponential growth in adoption of increasingly available and context-specific ICT solutions across the African continent. Many citizens and civil society groups have begun to demonstrate the vast potential of technology to improve several key sectors and daily realities of life in developing countries. Early targeted innovations in ICT have started to foster improvements in the accountability of government, generated new areas of economic opportunity, facilitated more savvy participation in local markets, and advancement of gender equity. Locally-developed models for future engagement of people and markets through technology in the developing world abound; these should have of attention of the development community, to provide evaluation and investment in the most promising models. Local technology innovators have the potential to create beneficial systems for their users, installing predictability and accountability into areas which previously were undermanaged or not available to common citizens (the success of M-Pesa in Kenya, and a recent new business offering, comes to mind). Perhaps most critically, extant and emergent uses of ICT are creating fissures in long-standing traditional political and social power dynamics, empowering economic participation and vast numbers women and youth to have their voices and concerns heard. The upcoming conference at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks to examine how to and with what resources, women and youth can become effective change agents in their own communities and continue to strive towards social equity and economic well-being.MORE
Mentorship, Coaching, Board Service, Sponsorship…How Will You Pay it Forward TODAY?›By Liz Ngonzi // Monday, April 29, 2013
I’m really thrilled about and honored by the opportunity to share my perspective on “Paying it Forward” through this blog post and on May 1st during the Wilson Center’s African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation event, as part of its Paying it Forward: How to Sustain New Generations of Female and Youth Leaders in STI panel.
My awesome mom, Hilda Rwabazaire Paqui always likes to remind me that from the time I was a teenager, I’ve always been sought out as a mentor to others. She instilled in me the necessity of giving back to others as a means to demonstrate my gratitude for all the blessings I’ve received in my life. When the Wilson Center contacted me to participate in its event and subsequently requested that I write a piece, I was naturally excited to do both, as I am being provided with the opportunity to share how I’ve “paid it forward,” supporting others with similar perspectives about the interconnectedness of who we are as people. I am particularly interested when this allows me to engage with Africa, as I was born in Uganda and am passionate about the continent as a whole.MORE
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