On October 22, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the Chief Trade Officer of the Botswana Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) to discuss an awareness seminar scheduled for November 12, 2015 in Gaborone on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015.
In addition to educating the business community and civil society on the new AGOA legislation, the one-day AGOA seminar is envisioned to be the beginning of a series of activities culminating in the development of the Botswana’s AGOA Utilization Strategy to increase uptake of opportunities offered to Botswana exporters by AGOA.
MTI requested Trade Hub support for the event, which aims to draw participants from both the public and private sector. To date, Botswana’s textile and apparel industry has been the primary beneficiary sector under AGOA, but there has been interest from the leather and meat sectors. Botswana wants to increase its benefit from the 10-year extension of AGOA, under which every beneficiary country is expected to have an AGOA utilization strategy.
Photo: A worker at the Premier Clothing in Gaborone