AGOA Will Open Doors To Trade And Employment – Minister

South Sudan will have great trading opportunities and will allow the country to benefit duty-free access to United States market for certain products. [Gurtong | File]

She said South Sudan shall have great trading opportunities and will allow the country to benefit duty-free access to United States market for certain products.

 “I extremely welcome the latest idea by AGOA to admit my country; South Sudan. With this, the country will now open great opportunities for employment in private sector for our nationals.    

The Minister advises citizens outside there to get prepared especially many of the idle young women and men to explore business opportunities as a substitute for giving an impression of seeking for employment from the government. 

Citizens welcomed the move as the list of things to export is huge including fruits and vegetables which grow in plenty in South Sudan.

On Thursday, the United State President Barack Obama designated the Republic of South Sudan as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under the AGOA which means that South Sudan can now take advantage of duty-free access to United States Market for certain products.

This important step means that South Sudan joins 38 Sub-Saharan African countries that enjoy benefits under AGOA and is an indication of the continued commitment of the united state to South Sudan economic development.

AGOA was signed into law on May 18, 2000 as Title 1 of The Trade and Development Act of 2000. The Act offers tangible incentives for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets

The purpose of this legislation is to assist the economies of sub-Saharan Africa and to improve economic relations between the United States and the region.

The legislation authorized the President of the United States to determine which sub-Saharan African countries would be eligible for AGOA on an annual basis.

The eligibility criteria were to improve labour rights and movement toward a market-based economy. Each year, the President evaluates the sub-Saharan African countries and determines which countries should remain eligible. As of December 2012, there are 38 AGOA-eligible countries.

Countries’ inclusion has fluctuated with changes in the local political environment. In December of 2009, for example, Guinea, Madagascar, and Niger were all removed from the list of eligible countries; by October of 2011, though, eligibility was restored to Guinea and Niger.

Additional rules of origin are applied to apparel. Having AGOA eligibility does not imply automatic eligibility for a “Wearing Apparel” provision. To export apparel and certain textile to the United States under the AGOA duty-free, an eligible country must have implemented a “Visa System” that satisfies American authorities and proves compliance with the AGOA rules about origin.

AGOA provides trade preferences for quota and duty-free entry into the United States for certain goods, expanding the benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.

Notably, AGOA expanded market access for textile and apparel goods into the United States for eligible countries, though many other goods are also included. This resulted in the growth of an apparel industry in southern Africa, and created hundreds of thousands of jobs.

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