On August 3, 2020, the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub concluded the first draft of a revised strategy to boost Botswana’s exports to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Updates to the strategy were informed by stakeholder consultations, conducted virtually, with private sector representatives of six sectors—jewelry and semi-precious stones, indigenous and natural products, textiles and apparel, arts and crafts, leather and leather products, and agro-processing. Seven public-sector institutions also contributed to the new draft, which assesses progress toward Botswana’s AGOA-related export goals and recommends ways for the country to effectively leverage the Act’s benefits. The USAID TradeHub will share the draft strategy with the Botswana Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry (MITI) for review and feedback. Following this feedback, the USAID TradeHub and MITI will hold a virtual stakeholder validation workshop. The feedback from the validation workshop will help refine and finalize the draft strategy before it is shared with MITI and USAID for finalization.
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