oa Botswana Notes & Records - The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) trade regime. Opportunities and challenges for Botswana

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



For a long time now, African countries have been demanding increased trade with the developed economies of the West as a means to promote economic development. 'Trade not aid,' has become the hallmark: of this demand. The USA has responded to Africa's .demands through the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) that allows Africa access to the world's biggest and most lucrative market. This article examines the objectives of, and benefits under, AGOA with a view to analysing the opportunities it creates for Botswana's economic diversification into manufacturing, especially in the case of textiles and apparel industries; and the challenges it poses for Botswana.

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