US policy makers are calling for an investigation into the effectiveness of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which is currently up for renewal.

The bipartisan letter to US Comptroller General Gene Dodaro is signed by leaders from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee, which have jurisdiction over AGOA.

They write: “Issues of primary interest to policy makers include the effectiveness of AGOA in enhancing economic development in sub-Saharan Africa, the ability of African businesses to utilise the full range of opportunities under AGOA, and the efficacy of AGOA in increasing two-way US-sub-Saharan African trade.”

The AGOA legislation, originally passed in 2000, aims to provide economic opportunities to countries showing a commitment to good governance and democratic principles.