The 10th annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum is scheduled for this week, June 9-10, in Zambia. The forum will emphasize enhancing Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) trade competitiveness and deepening regional integration. Additionally, AGOA, a unilateral initiative, is set to expire in 2015.
While AGOA has made positive strides in enhancing U.S.-SSA trade, it still leaves more to be desired. However, it would be worthwhile to look beyond AGOA towards signing reciprocal free trade agreements (FTAs) as a way of boosting competitiveness and promoting SSA intra-regional trade.
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