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US removes Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from Africa duty free trade

Date: 04 January 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The United States blocked Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from access to a duty-free trade program, following through on President Joe Biden’s threat to do so over human rights violations and recent coups.
  • President Joe Biden warned in November that Ethiopia would be cut off from the AGOA duty-free trading regime due to alleged human rights violations in the Tigray region, while Mali and Guinea were targeted due to recent coups.
  • The AGOA program was started by former US president Bill Clinton, to facilitate trade between the US and African nations.