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Far and Wide | November 2023 (II)

Our headline this week features a piece that highlights U.S. President Joe Biden has unveiled a plan to remove Uganda, Gabon, Niger, and the Central African Republic (CAR) from a specialized U.S.-Africa trade program. The decision is grounded in concerns related to these countries' involvement in what has been termed "gross violations" of human rights or their perceived lack of progress regarding democratic governance. The decision, set to take effect from the beginning of next year, will impact the economies of these countries as Agoa has promoted exports, economic growth, and job creation. 
The announcement precedes the 20th Agoa forum hosted by South Africa. The four countries are yet to react to the announcement.