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As of 2024, a total of 32 countries are eligible for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) benefits, offering them a platform to expand their exports and attract foreign investment particularly in sectors such as agriculture, textiles, and manufacturing.

Countries eligible for AGOA benefits are Benin, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia.

The following 13 countries are not eligible for AGOA. These are: Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Niger, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. These countries may face challenges in accessing the U.S. market on preferential terms, impacting their ability to expand trade relations with one of the world’s largest economies.

Somalia and Sudan have not requested designation as AGOA beneficiary countries. While, Equatorial Guinea and Seychelles have graduated from GSP, so they are not eligible for consideration for AGOA benefits.


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