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Trade Developer Portal. It is the U. The proclamation was the result of a public comment period and extensive interagency deliberations of each country's performance against the eligibility criteria established in the Act. Guinea Bissau's eligibility restored December 23, Swaziland, South Sudan, and the Gambia were declared ineligible January 1, Swaziland and The Gambia's eligibility status was restored December 22,

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The United States has taken steps to normalize relations with Madagascar, lifted all coup-related restrictions on direct assistance to the Malagasy government, and invited President Rajaonarimampianina to attend the U. After an extensive review, including through a USTR-led interagency trip in April, the United States Government concluded that Swaziland had not demonstrated progress on the protection of internationally recognized worker rights.

In particular, Swaziland has failed to make continual progress in protecting freedom of association and the right to organize. Trade Representative Michael Froman. We hope to continue our engagement with the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland on steps it can take so that worker and civil society groups can freely associate and assemble and AGOA eligibility can be restored.

AGOA is a U. The program offers tangible incentives to sub-Saharan African countries for undertaking difficult political and economic reforms that promote long-term growth and development. Swaziland began benefitting from the program in when the Swazi government voluntarily accepted the AGOA eligibility criteria, which includes respect for the rule of law, poverty reduction, combatting corruption, respect for worker rights and human rights, child labor protections, and market openness.

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Supporting Madagascar to Benefit from African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Exports

Using readily available bilateral trade data from the U. Department of Commerce and the U. However, a closer look at the composition of total exports shows that not all sectors were negatively affected by the sanctions. In particular, textile exports to the U. As a result, although total exports to the United States fell immediately following the loss of access to U. As one would expect, the trade sanctions had negative impacts on the Malagasy economy.

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The United States has taken steps to normalize relations with Madagascar, lifted all coup-related restrictions on direct assistance to the Malagasy government, and invited President Rajaonarimampianina to attend the U. After an extensive review, including through a USTR-led interagency trip in April, the United States Government concluded that Swaziland had not demonstrated progress on the protection of internationally recognized worker rights. In particular, Swaziland has failed to make continual progress in protecting freedom of association and the right to organize. Trade Representative Michael Froman. We hope to continue our engagement with the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland on steps it can take so that worker and civil society groups can freely associate and assemble and AGOA eligibility can be restored. AGOA is a U. The program offers tangible incentives to sub-Saharan African countries for undertaking difficult political and economic reforms that promote long-term growth and development.

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Swaziland will not be the first country to have its AGOA benefits revoked. Countries are reviewed annually to ensure they meet or are making progress towards meeting these criteria. The large majority of U. Automobiles and apparel make up the leading non-oil import sectors, which, it should be noted, serve to create the most jobs in AGOA-eligible countries. Such confusion warrants concern over the understanding of AGOA in the country, which is awaiting an official statement regarding whether or not its status will be terminated in January of

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