Monday, August 19, 2019

Gambia Regains AGOA Eligibility

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Courtesy Ministry of Information

The Gambia has regained its eligibility under the United States African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  The Gambia had lost its eligibility in 2015 due to human rights abuses and the deterioration of the rule of law.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office announced on Friday December 22, 2017 that the US Embassy in Banjul had officially requested reinstatement of the Gambia’s AGOA eligibility due toprogress made in strengthening the rule of law, improving human rights and supporting political pluralism.

The reinstatement of the Gambia to AGOA comes on the heels of the inclusion of the Gambia for a new Threshold Program of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the inclusion of former President Yahya AJJ Jammeh and Yankuba Badjie, former head of the NIA on a US sanctions list.

The AGOA trade program provides sub-Saharan countries duty-free access to the United States on condition they meet certain statutory eligibility requirements, including eliminating barriers to U.S. trade and investment and making progress toward political pluralism.

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