President Obama reinstated Madagascar’s AGOA eligibility in June , after nearly five years of AGOA suspension following the coup in. Soamiely Andriamananjara and Amadou Sy study the impact of the suspension of Madagascar’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Impediments to increased AGOA-export and intra-regional trade. .. The Malagasy economy has progressively resumed with growth after the crisis, although.
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Successful elections in late led to the formation of Madagascar’s first democratic government since the coup.
The United States took steps to normalize relations with Madagascar, ,adagascar all coup-related restrictions on direct assistance to the Malagasy government, and invited President Hery Rajaonarimampianina to attend the U.
The decision to reinstate Madagascar’s AGOA eligibility recognizes the nation’s return to democratic rule, as well as President Rajaonarimampianina’s commitment to promote transparency, combat corruption and begin rebuilding Madagascar’s economy. We are hopeful that Madagascar will take advantage of AGOA’s potential to create employment, expand bilateral trade and contribute to the economic well-being, security and health of its people,” said U.
Trade Representative Michael Froman.
Reintegration of Madagascar to the AGOA announced by Barack Obama
After an extensive review that included a USTR-led interagency trip in April, the United States concluded that Swaziland had not demonstrated progress on protecting internationally recognized worker rights. In particular, Swaziland failed to make continual progress in madagasvar freedom of association and the right to organize.
Of particular concern, USTR said, is Swaziland’s use of security forces and arbitrary arrests to stifle peaceful demonstrations, as well as the lack of legal recognition for labor and employer federations.
AGOA is a U. One of its goals is to support sub-Saharan Madagascaar economic development through trade and investment.
The program offers incentives to sub-Saharan African countries for undertaking mmadagascar political and economic reforms that promote long-term growth and development. Swaziland began benefiting from the program inwhen the Swazi government voluntarily accepted the AGOA eligibility criteria, which include respect for the rule of law, poverty reduction, combating corruption, respect for worker rights and human rights, child labor protections and market openness.
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