Togo bags US's AGOA trade visa
Togo has obtained a textile and clothing visa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) of the United States, a senior American official announced on Wednesday.
US Trade Department Representative, Robert Lighthizer is in Lome for the start of the 16th AGOA Forum where he made the announcement on Wednesday.
“I would like to take a brief moment to announce an example of success in AGOA of a beneficiary country working hard to enhance its export strategy. I have just signed a letter approving a textile and clothing visa for Togo under AGOA” Lighthizer told the opening session of the AGOA ministerial meeting.
"This milestone will enable Togolese entrepreneurs to take advantage of the many textile and clothing opportunities available under the AGOA program... and we wish them all the best in this endeavor" he added.
Delighted by the announcement, Togolese Prime Minister Komi Selom Klassou hailed what he called successful trade ties between his country and the United States.
"AGOA is a cornerstone of our exchanges, and it is a framework for a true alliance in which we work together to strengthen and diversify our trade relations by focusing on improving governance and policies that are conducive to growth and development" Klassou opined.
According to the Togolese official, the benefits of a joint venture with the United States are unquestionable.
The 16th AGOA Forum which is being held under the theme "The United States and Africa: Partnership for Prosperity through Trade" brings together senior US officials and African ministers.
38 countries in Africa are eligible for the AGOA program.