GENEVA, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - Katherine Tai, US representative for world trade, said Washington will decide "soon " on Ethio 's statuspie under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), an agreement that gives it duty-free access to the United States.
"The reports coming to us through official and civil society channels are not encouraging. What is happening in Ethiopia is a humanitarian crisis," Tai said, referring to the fighting in northern Ethiopia and to worsening famine in the Tigray region.
Ethiopia exported approximately $ 237 million in duty-free goods to the United States under the AGOA in 2020, according to data from the United States Department of Commerce.
In August, his office released a statement saying that "the continued violations of internationally recognized human rights in the context of the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in northern Ethiopia ... could affect the lives of the United States.hiopia ture eligibility for the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) if not addressed. find out more
Any suspension would carry a Ethiopia 's economy, which is already under immense pressure from the coronavirus pandemic, the 11-month-old conflict and inflation of nearly 35%.
Billene Seyoum, the spokesperson for the Prime Minister, sent an SMS to Hfrance.fr saying: "No one is more committed than the Ethiopian government to the cause of the urgent resolution of the current humanitarian crisis in the regions of Tigray, Amhara and Afar. "
" Humanitarian crises do not end with the loss of low-income women's jobs that AGOA has enabled; rather the problem is getting worse. We don't have to al1st. "
She previously said the suspension would cut 1 million jobs in the country of 109 million people.
AGOA gives countries in sub-Saharan Africa duty-free access to the United States if they meet certain eligibility conditions, such as 'Breaking down barriers in the US Trade and investment and progress towards political pluralism. Additional report by Katharine Houreld; written by Katharine Houreld; Edited by Hugh Lawson and Giles Elgood
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