The US President sent notice to Congress pursuant to the law to debar “Central African Republic, the Gabonese Republic (Gabon), Niger, and the Republic of Uganda (Uganda) as
beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)”
The cause for the debarment proceeding was the alleged failure to create regulations for open markets, establishing due process rights, and human rights violations.AGOA allows countries across the African continent to have duty-free access to US markets for multiple product lines.
Debarment is not without critics. The loss of trade hurts the very marginalized communities that AGOA was intended to help. The jobs are lost by debarment and the workers are not culpable for the transgressions.
There is also the effect debarment might have on the development of the #AfCFTA market. MGSN has been covering the development goals and opportunities in this new market.
The debarred countries can appeal and represent the turnaround, but that will require a commitment to employ compliance.