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Sierra Leone Celebrates AGOA Day
By Vidal Boltman
Apr 23, 2009, 17:28
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Sierra Leone has joined its counterparts in Africa to celebrate the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

In celebrating the event, AGOA Sierra Leone on Tuesday 21st 2009 organized a one-day workshop at the Santano House at Howe Street, Freetown.

In her statement, the AGOA Research Centre Administrator, Miss Patricia Kamara, said AGOA has offered an opportunity for African-made products to enter into the United States market.

She said AGOA gives trade preference to countries that are making progress in economic, legal and human rights reforms, adding that under the scheme, nearly 6,400 products including apparels and footwear, will be exported from Africa to the United States until 2015, on a duty free basis.

She also maintained that AGOA helps to boost Sub-Saharan Africa exports to $44.2 billion in 2006, a 16% increases since 2005.

She also spoke about AGOA Resource Centre (ARC), which according to her, provides information on exports.

Speaking further, Miss Patricia Kamara, disclosed that the center hopes to organize several workshops to educate business and government officials about the advantages of duty free concession and AGOA procedures.

Giving the keynote address on the topic Government initiatives and support for AGOA, the Minister of Trade and Industry, David Carew, said the holding of the workshop was a step in the right direction, as it helped create more awareness around the AGOA initiative.

He called on various stakeholders including commercial banks and the private sector in particular, to support the


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