Industrialisation and Trade Corner
Harnessing productive sectors’ through value chains to enhance intra-African trade and regional integration
Integrating Africa is the AfDB Group’s blog on regional integration in Africa. It chronicles the issues arising from African countries’ efforts as they work to pool resources and integrate their economies for the development of their regional and individual economies. Read More
Memory Dube is a Senior Trade Officer at the AfDB. She has previously worked for the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa as a Trade and Economic Officer and, prior to that, she spent a number of years with the South African Institute of International Affairs where she was a Senior Researcher in the Economic Diplomacy Programme. Memory holds an LLB from the University of Fort Hare, and LLM from Rhodes University and an LLM from the University of Pretoria.
Debates preceding the June 2015 renewal of the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), a US Government initiative to enhance market access for qualifying Sub-Saharan African countries, centered on the unilateral nature of the initiative. Unlike a negotiated trade deal, the US Government under AGOA decides what countries and what products are eligible. With African countries having signed Economic Partnership Agreements with the European Union, it is not hard to imagine that it is unlikely for AGOA to be renewed beyond 2025 – at least not in its current form. The question therefore is: How do African countries ensure they are able to compete in the US market beyond AGOA? And can African countries use AGOA as a springboard to enhance their participation in global trade beyond the US and post AGOA?
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