U.S. to restore Mauritania’s AGOA trade preferences after worker rights progress

Mauritania’s trade preference benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act will be reinstated on Jan. 1, 2024 after the northwest African country made “substantial and measurable progress on worker rights and eliminating forced labor,” the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Tuesday.

The reinstatement of Mauritania’s trade benefits suspended in 2019 was announced after U.S. President Joe Biden also announced his intention to terminate AGOA benefits for Gabon, Niger, Uganda and the Central African Republic. USTR said Gabon and Niger’s AGOA eligibility were terminated because of unconstitutional government changes after coups, while Uganda’s and Central African Republic’s benefits were terminated based on human rights violations perpetrated by those governments.

Source: Reuters