The annual summit of AGOA will be held from June 8 to 10 in Zambia. The participants - some forty African countries and the USA - will discuss the trade agreements that bind Africa and America. Monday was the opening meeting of senior officials.
AGOA ((African Growth and Opportunity Act) is a legislation passed in 2000 under the Clinton administration allowing certain goods produced in Africa to be exempt from taxes on arriving in the U.S. territory.
Togo benefits from provisions offered by AGOA since April 2008, after having long been excluded because of the sociopolitical crisis of the 90s.
AGOA expires in 2015. And therein lies the problem. Most African countries, including Togo, want the law to be extended; the U.S. government is not favorable.
This is one of the major issues to be discussed during the summit in Lusaka.
Togo is represented at the meeting by the ambassador of Togo in Washington, Kadangha Limbiyé Bariki (photo), and representatives of the Ministries of Trade, Industry, and Agriculture.