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

Zenia A. Lewis

Zenia A. Lewis is currently working for the AfDB as a Trade Advisor to the African Union Mission in Washington, DC. Prior to working with the AfDB she worked with the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.  While with Brookings she focused on policy related to the U.S.-Africa trade and commercial relationship, intra-African trade and regional integration.  She has worked on issues related to natural resource revenue management in Africa and Latin America, and has done survey work in different countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Zenia has also served as a consultant on various trade and economic development related projects with several organizations. She has authored and coauthored numerous blogs, articles and publications with the Brookings Institution, as well as with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Financial Time’s This is Africa, and the AfDB. Zenia has a master’s degree in public policy focusing in international trade and economic development from the University of Michigan.


Le renouvellement de l’AGOA à Washington s’annonce bien, mais le débat sur la volaille constitue un obstacle à surmonter

La loi américaine African Growth and Opportunity Act (loi en faveur de la croissance de l’Afrique et de son accès aux marchés, ou AGOA) est un élément essentiel des relations commerciales entre les États-Unis et l’Afrique.


US-Africa Trade Updates: Outcomes of African Trade Ministers’ visit to Washington

Last month, from January 19 to 23, the African Union mission, in collaboration with the African Ambassador Group of Washington, DC and the African Development Bank with the support of the Africa Trade Fund project on boosting US-Africa trade, hosted a high-level delegation of African Ministers of Trade focused on promoting the expeditious renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) – a key component within the architecture of US-Africa trade.


Stratégies pour amplifier les acquis de l'AGOA

L'African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) est la loi principale qui régit la relation commerciale entre les Etats-Unis et l’Afrique. Depuis son entrée en vigueur, l’AGOA a permis qu'environ 70 % en moyenne de l’ensemble des importations en provenance d'Afrique subsaharienne entre aux États-Unis exempt de droits de douane. Si l'AGOA est un succès en termes d’accès affranchi de droits de douane, il laisse beaucoup à désirer encore, en ce qui concerne la promotion de bienfaits économiques pérennes pour l’Afrique. Il est important de comprendre en quoi l’AGOA est un succès et d’examiner de quelle façon renforcer son impact, surtout à l’heure actuelle, tandis que l’on débat de son renouvellement et que des mesures décisives seront prises dans les douze à dix-huit prochains mois.


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