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The National AGOA Forum
04/05/12
The National AGOA Forum

The Ministry of Trade and Industry will be hosting a National African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum on the 24th April 2012 at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC). The National AGOA Forum is a preparatory platform for the annual International AGOA Forum to be held in Washington DC, United States of America from the 18-22 June 2012 under the theme ‘Enhancing Africa’s Infrastructure for Trade’. Topical at this year’s international forum will be for the US to make pronouncements on the extension of both AGOA beyond 2015 and the Third Country Fabric Provision, which expires in September 2012.

AGOA, a United States of America (USA) initiative, seeks to enhance market access opportunities into the USA for about 40 Sub-Saharan African (SSA) eligible countries, Botswana included. AGOA further aims at improving trade and economic cooperation between the United States of America and eligible Sub-Saharan African countries. The Act ensures market access for products from Africa by granting them duty free and quota free entry into the US market. There are about 6500 product lines eligible for export to the USA under the Act. In order for a product to become eligible, it should be in the list as well as wholly produced in Botswana or a beneficiary Sub-Saharan country.

To facilitate the success of AGOA, the USA has put up a mechanism for its continuous review through a clearly structured annual business forum, the International AGOA Forum, preceded by National AGOA fora in beneficiary countries. The International AGOA Forum provides an opportunity for regular dialogue to strengthen existing economic and political relations between USA and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry Hon. Vincent Seretse will give the opening remarks  at our National Forum and a Southern African Trade Hub representative will present on opportunities and challenges under AGOA; a regional perspective.

Other presentations will focus on the role of Government in export development and promotion while the Botswana Export and Manufacturers Association (BEMA) and Carapparel will share experiences on opportunities and challenges they face in exporting under

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