Hailemariam cautions Donald Trump against abandoning AGOA

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Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn cautioned President Donald Trump against abandoning the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA, a 17-year-old deal renewed by President Barack Obama in 2015 to boost U.S. trade with 40 African nations, in an interview with the American business and financial newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.
Ethiopia and other Sub-Saharan African countries are concerned about the future of a trade pact with the United States after President Trump said it only benefits the corrupt.
“I hope AGOA provisions will continue for the coming 10 years,” Prime Minister Hailemariam was quoted as saying, adding that Mr. Trump’s “America first” message followed Beijing’s model.
Like his predecessor Meles Zenawi, Hailemarim expressed his admiration for China, going to the extent of saying, “China has become a model not only for Ethiopia but now even for the new administration of the United States.”
Hailemarim told the influential newspaper that his government wanted to bolster cooperation with Washington against jihadist groups and instability in the Horn of Africa, where it has deployed thousands of troops in war-torn nations including Somalia and South Sudan.
Enacted in 2000 by the Bill Clinton administration, Agoa allows 39 eligible sub-Saharan Africa countries to export certain goods to the US market duty-free. It was renewed in September 2015 by then president Barack Obama, and is slated to expire in 2025.

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