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U.S. and Kenya to Start Talks on 'Model' Trade Deal for Africa

February 3, 2020, Financial Times

Witney Schneidman is quoted in the Financial Times regarding the United States’s and Africa’s search for a replacement to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which gives nearly 40 African states tariff-free access to the U.S for 6,500 products, and has faced increasing criticism in Washington. Mr. Schneidman says, “Africans are saying, we are trying an integrated approach, but you are proposing a single bilateral deal. It doesn’t make any sense.”

However, he adds, any post post-AGOA agreement must provide better access for U.S. goods and services. The same refrigerator exported to South Africa from Frankfurt with a two percent tariff would attract an eighteen percent tariff if it were shipped from Atlanta. “Africa has 1.2 billion people today and that’s going to double in the next 20 years. If we don’t structure our trade relationship for the next 20 years, we are going to miss out.”

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