African Growth and Opportunity
In addition to its co-investment partnerships, the Trade Hub also provides technical assistance to businesses so they can benefit from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which was signed with the intent to stimulate Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy and to facilitate trade between the U.S. and the region. Technical assistance can be used to help improve standards, navigate AGOA procedures and regulations, facilitate linkages with U.S. distributors, and other areas. The primary objective is to increase the value of exports to the United States benefiting from duty-free status under AGOA.
Many goods and products produced from Sub-Saharan Africa can be exported duty-free to the United States thanks to AGOA. For additional information about AGOA, please refer to the resources below.
AGOA Technical Assistance Program
The Trade Hub is encouraging export-ready, or quasi-export-ready private sector companies in West Africa to apply for the AGOA export promotion program that provides technical assistance. The overall objective of this program is to expand West African exports to the U.S. markets with the increased use of the AGOA benefits.
To be eligible under this program, a West African company must have:
- a good capacity of production with no major constraints on the supply side;
- quality products that meet international standards;
- previous experience in export;
- interest in starting or increasing exports (sales) to the U.S.;
- ability and willingness to contribute financially, when needed, with at least 25% of total Technical Assistance cost.