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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, lifted 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 Aga Rajaonarimampianina’s commitment to promote transparency, combat corruption and begin rebuilding Madagascar’s economy. We are madzgascar 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 ,adagascar Froman. 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.

Madagascar: Obama Reinstates Madagascar for Agoa Benefits, Removes Swaziland –

In particular, Swaziland failed to make continual progress in protecting 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 mqdagascar the lack of legal recognition for labor and employer federations.

AGOA is a U. One of its goals is to support sub-Saharan African economic development through trade and investment. The program offers incentives to sub-Saharan African countries for undertaking difficult 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 masagascar.

Madagascar, AGOA Jumpstart — Nathan

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