The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) rarely makes headlines in the US. But the frequency with which it was raised during President Obama’s recent trip to Africa underlines how important the trade legislation is seen on the continent both as a driver of progress and as a symbol of the US’s relations with it. The need to extend Agoa, due to expire in 2015, was a clear priority for the countries the President visited.
It should also be a welcomed by the US – evidence shows that the benefits are in both directions. Read more