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Chadian and Nigerian troops along with a U.S. special forces soldier participate in a hostage rescue exercise, Mao, Chad, March 7, 2015 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).

The Consequences of Trump’s Specific Brand of Africa Neglect

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Last week, the Trump administration sent a high-level delegation to sub-Saharan Africa for the first time. U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and other senior officials traveled to Togo, in West Africa, for an annual forum on the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA. Enacted in 2000, the initiative is described by Washington as the “centerpiece” of its trade relations with the region.

AGOA is a trade preference program that enhances access to the U.S. market for eligible countries. Various assessments indicate that the pact has led to increases in African exports and U.S. foreign investment on the continent. According to a briefing prepared for the Brookings Institution, AGOA created 300,000 jobs in Africa in its first nine years. By 2013, U.S. imports from sub-Saharan Africa under AGOA totaled $26.8 billion, more than three times higher than the 2001 figure. ...

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