exports volume to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity
Act (AGOA) is improving over time as efforts towards the program are being
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. Uganda was the
USA’s 130th largest supplier of goods in 2017. Goods from Uganda totaled USD 79 million in 2017 up by USD 28 million in 2016.
Uganda exported Coffee, tea and spices worth USD 50 million, glue and enzymes worth USD 6 million, fish and seafood worth USD 2 million among others. Uganda imported goods worth USD 108 million from the US the same year.
The US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac, says despite the improved performance of
Uganda’s export volumes to the US, it isn’t the best, saying this explains why
they are identifying Ugandan businesses with export potential to the US.
She disclosed this at a press conference she jointly addressed with Tibor
Nagy, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs at
Serena hotel on Saturday.
Malac said USA
is doubling its support to Uganda to attain the standards, and benefit from
AGOA. According to Malac, in April this year, in conjunction with
the East African trade hub, they will have an AGOA conference to support the
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Tibor Nagy says Uganda has tremendous potential to benefit
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Other countries like Kenya exported goods worth US$572M in
2017, Rwanda US$44M and Tanzania US$124M.
Ugandans have been struggling
to meet standards and issues of value addition for their products.