Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) Exporters Association of Uganda has called
on the government to apply and export fresh products to the United States.
AGOA is a US trade law established in 2,000 and running up to 2025, where
sub-Saharan African countries including Uganda export over 6,000 different
types of products duty-free to the US.
the USA's 130th largest supplier of goods in 2017. Goods from Uganda totalled
USD 79 million in 2017 up by USD 28 million in 2016 but declined to only 40
million in 2018.
The chairperson AGOA Exporters Association Hilbert Jaquay says whereas other
countries supply fresh products to the United States, the products from Uganda
are not allowed into the United States which has contributed to its slow performance.
Jaquay was on Friday speaking at a press conference on the forthcoming
sensitization workshop and Exhibition AGOA at Parliament. It was attended by
the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Suzan Muhwezi, the Senior Presidential Advisor
the Ministry of Agriculture which plans to export to the US needs to apply to
the food and drug administration in the United States in order to be able to
export fresh products, especially agricultural products.
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Kadaga noted that not many Ugandans know how to get involved in AGOA, leave
alone the benefits.
the exhibition is aimed at ensuring that the public aware of the opportunities
that are available and the kind of products they can export to the US.
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Muhwezi hailed the private sector for the progress made so far in exporting to the
She, however, says the performance is still low when compared to
other African countries.