AGOA Panel DiscussionThe Trade Hub moderated a key session on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) during the Botswana Investment and Trade Conference, which was held during the Global Expo Botswana 2015 organized by the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC). The theme of the conference was “Promoting Economic Diversification through Export Oriented Foreign Direct Investment and Domestic Expansions.”

The panel moderated by the Trade Hub focused on non-oil AGOA opportunities and included Chansonette Yun (US Embassy, Botswana), Zohra Baraka (CEO, Mohazo Collection, Nairobi, Kenya), Stephen Lamar (Executive Vice President of the American Apparel and Footwear Association), and Zenia Lewis (Senior Advisor on Trade at the African Union Mission, African Development Bank).

The panelists discussed the AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act (2015) and what Botswana and sub-Saharan Africa can do to improve utilization. Topics included the export of textiles, apparel, and handicrafts; practical tips for exporting under AGOA; the importance of AGOA utilization strategies; and regional competitiveness improvements.

Global Expo Botswana (GEB) is a business to business exposition to attract foreign direct investment, expand domestic investment, promote exports of locally produced goods and services, and promote trade between Botswana and other countries.

Photo: (Left to right) CEO of Mohazo Collection, Nairobi, Kenya, Zohra Baraka; Senior Advisor on Trade at the African Union Mission, African Development Bank, Zenia A. Lewis; Southern Africa Trade Hub AGOA/Trade and Investment Specialist Cosmas Mamhunze; Economic and Commercial Officer from the US Embassy Botswana, Chansonette Yun; and Stephen Lamar, Executive Vice President of the American Apparel and Footwear Association



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