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AMBASSADOR BARKS-RUGGLES, US AMBASSADOR TO RWANDA PAYS COURTESY CALL ON AMB.OLIVER WONEKHA

Tuesday, 14th November 2017
US Ambassador to Rwanda pays a courtesy call to Ambassador Oliver Wonekha
AMBASSADOR BARKS-RUGGLES, USA AMBASSADOR TO RWANDA PAYS COURTESY CALL ON AMB.OLIVER WONEKHA

Amb.Barks-Ruggles, the United States of America's Ambassador to Rwanda has this afternoon paid a courtesy call on Amb. Wonekha. The two Ambassadors discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and how they can cooperate to accrue more benefits in trade.

She pointed out that in order for the countries to benefit from AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act), they need to tackle the barriers to trade as a regional bloc either through East African Community or Northern Corridor integration projects.  Currently, the American government is undertaking a lot of regional trade initiatives on the African continent leveraging on its representation and presence in 52 African countries. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) underpins U.S. trade with sub-Saharan Africa. AGOA has been extended and reauthorized on four occasions, most recently in 2015 until 2025. AGOA, combined with the GSP (Generalized System of Preferences), provides duty-free access to the U.S. market for 6,400 product lines from 38 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 

The two Ambassadors also discussed the need to build the textile industry as a bloc so that each East African country can specialize in what it can do best.

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