CAPE VERDE: AGOA Apparel Visa Approved
By meeting certain customs-related requirements that prevent transshipment of textile and apparel articles, the Republic of Cape Verde has been granted an apparel visa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). This will provide additional duty- and quota-free benefits for apparel made from US and African yarns and fabric.
Cape Verde, an AGOA eligible country, previously met certain other requirements for eligibility such as literacy, health and education standards, good governance and corruption-free environment, and other labor and child labor conditions, placing it high on the ranking list of Sub-Saharan African countries.
"The approval of the Apparel/Textiles Visa is in fact a recognition of Cape Verde's growing potential as a new economic partner for the United States," the Embassy of the Republic of Cape Verde to the United States of America said in a statement. "Cape Verde, whose principal products include textiles, sees this visa approval as a tremendous opportunity for its private sector to develop business and trade with the US and a way to create more direct and indirect jobs."
President Clinton signed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) into law on 18 May 2000 as Title 1 of The Trade and Development Act of 2000. President Bush signed amendments to AGOA, also known as AGOA II, into law on 6 August 2002 as Sec. 3108 of the Trade Act of 2002. AGOA II substantially expands preferential access for imports from beneficiary Sub-Saharan African countries.
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