TANZANIAN DELEGATION LEAVING FOR WASHINGTON TO CONFIRM PARTICIPATION IN US PREFERENTIAL TRADE PACT

DAR-ES-SALAAM, A Tanzanian government delegation is leaving for Washington this week to confirm the country's commitment to participate in trading arrangements with the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a US legislation which enhances market access to the US for qualifying exports from eligible sub-Saharan countries.

The Tanzanian team is scheduled to leave for the US at a time when the US Trade Office plans to schedule a public hearing on claims by a US-based recycled textiles association that the joint move by three East African countries -- Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda -- to ban imports of used clothing violates AGOA eligibility criteria. It was reported that the US Trade Office hearing is scheduled to take place in Washington on July 13.

The Permanent Secretary to the Tanzanian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Adelhem Meru, said during the recent 41st Dar-es-Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) that the government still considered the AGOA Agreement as beneficial.

It was reported that Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda risk the loss of their AGOA benefits because of a March 2016 decision to introduce in a ban on imports of used clothing and footwear from the US.

The Trump administration intends to rigorously enforce AGOA eligibility requirements, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said last week at a US-Africa Business Summit.

Tanzanians and textile stakeholders should not be worried as this month our team is flying to the US to deliver our statement over the matter. I assure you that we are still members of the AGOA, Meru said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK