Africa Blog Roundup: AGOA, Climate Change in Nigeria, and More

Jessica Achberger reports from the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forum in Zambia.

Roving Bandit considers a proposed “division of labor” for international aid organizations.

A few items on Nigeria:

  • Saratu returns to Lagos (an awesome piece, highly recommended).
  • Baobab discusses the activities of the “Niger Cyber Hacktivists.”
  • Amb. John Campbell writes on Boko Haram.
  • The US Institute of Peace has a new report, “Climate Change and Adaptation in Nigeria.”

Sean Jacobs posts music by the anti-regime Burkinabe singer Sams’K Le Jah.

With conflict along the North-South Sudan border, food, fuel, and other supplies are low.

Last but not least, Kal looks at a few developments in Mauritania.

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  2. The potential impact of a delayed renewal of the third country fabric provision of AGOA is grave. Third country fabric is the most successful components of the AGOA legislation and can be credited with over 100,000 direct jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Apparel orders are drying up due to the uncertainty surrounding the provision. In Kenya alone, over 40,000 factory workers could very likely lose their jobs if third country fabric is not renewed in a timely manner. The apparel industry in SSA rely on the third country fabric provision; without it there is a very real possibility that the investors in the apparel factories will pack up and move production to some other part of the world as happened in Madagascar following its loss of AGOA eligibility in 2009. This would cause enormous economic strife in countries that are strong partners of the United States. On September 30, 2012, the third country fabric AGOA provision will expire. With barely six months to go, further delay threatens the lives of 1 Million people, mostly women who work in the apparel sector. We estimate that each factory worker supports ten additional people. If third country fabric is not renewed soon, these jobs will disappear and Africa’s poverty rate will sour by over 55%.
    Dr. Richard Mutule Kilonzo, Chief Executive, Export Processing Zones Authority – Kenya

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