premiere clothingOn December 9, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub presented on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) during a Clothing Textiles Footwear and Leather (CTFL) Sector Support Services Workshop organized by the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 The purpose of the workshop was to discuss incentives, facilities, and opportunities from various development agencies.

The sector-specific workshop was attended by 25 participants from the clothing and leather sector, as well as support service institutions including the Department of Science and Technology (DST), South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), and the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD).

The approximately two million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Gauteng are key to the province’s economy. The creative industries and manufacturing sectors are two of Gauteng’s eleven priority sectors for development, acceleration, and support. The province seeks to support emerging entrepreneurs within the priority sectors by exploring market entry points for qualifying companies.

The Trade Hub provided an overview of AGOA, discussed the export performance of South Africa’s textiles/apparel and footwear sectors under AGOA, shared a checklist for exporting to the US, and provided suggestions for making better use of AGOA. The Hub shared practical examples and information on key resources with the participants.

GGDA management indicated they will further engage the USG and the Trade Hub in upcoming sessions targeting medium to large companies.

Photo: Premiere Clothing Botswana

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