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Botswana galvanises efforts to derive AGOA benefits
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Sep '17
Botswana has finalised its national response strategy for the US Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by identifying potential sectors for export to the United States. The strategy includes a detailed implementation schedule with actions and activities for specific sectors to be undertaken by various stakeholders. The launch date is yet to be announced.

This was conveyed recently by Botswana’s assistant minister of trade and industry Biggie Butale to a women’s leadership forum in Gaborone, according to a report in a regional weekly newspaper for southern Africa. Butale urged manufacturers to produce commodities of high standards for the US market.

In August, USAID opened an office of its Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub in Gaborone. At its inaugural ceremony, permanent secretary in Botswana’s ministry of trade Peggy Serame said the strategy would focus on beef, textile, arts and craft, and jewellery and help improve productivity by facilitating robust regional trade and global market access.

USIAD will help local businesses with the utilisation of financial institutions, identify gaps and assist small and medium enterprises in building capacity. (DS)

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