by Brett D. Schaefer, Charlotte M. Florance, Anthony B. Kim
The Heritage Foundation
July 29, 2014
Since it began under President Bill Clinton, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has been extended by legislation three times with broad bipartisan support. Current AGOA legislation expires September 30, 2015 – Congress and the Administration must act quickly to ensure that uncertainty does not undermine the progress it has already made. Congress should lead the way and ensure that that AGOA enhances the current economic partnership beyond a trade preference arrangement, encourages African economic integration, and sets the stage for a future free trade agreement between the U.S. and the region.