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In advance of the formal opening of the 8th Annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis today met with African exporters participating in the official AGOA Forum exhibition. At the center of AGOA are substantial trade preferences that, coupled with those under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), and most-favored-nation provisions, allow most goods produced in AGOA-eligible countries to enter the U.S. market duty-free.
Ambassador Marantis also spoke today with Joseph Bonya, a reporter with the major Kenyan newspaper The Daily Nation, about the economic opportunities that U.S.-African trade offers both to African nations and to American businesses and consumers.
United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk will arrive in Nairobi shortly for the AGOA Forum - keep checking back throughout the week for USTR news and information from Nairobi.