Time to Renew and Enhance the African Growth and Opportunity Act

Substantial bipartisan support continues for forging close relations with African countries and promoting economic growth, stability, and good governance. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has helped to advance this goal, but trade preference legislation falls short of the full potential for an American economic partnership with the region. The Obama Administration and Congress should work together not only to renew AGOA in a timely fashion, but also to upgrade it into an instrument that advances economic freedom in Africa and sets the stage for a free trade agreement between the U.S. and the continent.

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