The AGOA Expo is a Cultural and Business Platform committed to celebrate U.S – Africa Cooperation, Strengthen Bilateral Trade Relations, and to also promote AGOA Key Export Products and Investment opportunities through African Growth and Opportunity Act.The Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) is urgently inviting all exporters and potential exporters of products made in Liberia to a “Pitch Your Product” meeting on today, Friday, August 17th at 3pm at the Liberia Chamber of Commerce.LCC will join the rest of the world in the upcoming African Growth & Opportunity Act or (AGOA) Expo & Trade Fair scheduled to be held in New York, the United States on September 25th – 30th, 2018, and the Liberia Chamber of Commerce is inviting local producers of Liberian-made products to form part of this unique opportunity. According to AGOA, local producers from 40 African countries are expected at the Expo.The AGOA Expo is a Cultural and Business Platform committed to celebrate U.S – Africa Cooperation, Strengthen Bilateral Trade Relations, and to also promote AGOA Key Export Products and Investment opportunities through African Growth and Opportunity Act.The Liberia Chamber of Commerce – AGOA Trade & Resource Center (ATRC)The Chamber currently works with Export Ready Companies, providing technical and practical assistance relating to exporting under AGOA. We are looking for companies that has the following characteristics: Quality, Quantity, and Frequency.According to the Chamber, despite AGOA eligibility, Liberia has arguably not taken full advantage of the duty-free preferences. Liberia’s exports to the U.S. in 2016 were just over $100 million or approximately 3% of total exports. Further, exports under the AGOA program were just over $1 million which is less than 2% of total exports to the U.S. This low value of export under AGOA is composed of just 5 products out of the 80 product lines that Liberia exported to the U.S. in 2016.Finally, of the small export to the U.S., multiple product categories that would otherwise qualify for duty-free import under AGOA did not claim such preferences. In spite of the low volume of export to the U.S. and low utilization of AGOA, Liberia does have a viable export sector with at least 20 product lines that would be eligible for AGOA if exported to the U.S. Of these goods, several are highly demanded in the U.S. suggesting ample opportunity for Liberia to export to the U.S.How to participate: Bring A Sample of Your Product on Friday August 17, 2018 at 3p at the Chamber of Commerce.Do a five (5) minutes pitch on the products, and you might win a chance to display your product at the AGOA Expo & Trade Fair in New York (sponsored by Members of LCC).*Rule of Origin applies Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye on Wednesday confirmed that the regional tournament will be held across different venues in the country at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Afraha Stadium in Nakuru and the Mumias Sports Complex.The Local Organising Committee has set aside the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani and the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos as options in case some of the proposed venues fail to host the matches due to the ongoing rains.“I want to appreciate that when we discussed this issue with Football Kenya Federation President (Nick Mwendwa) last year, he convinced me that Kenya is ready to host this competition and so far we have been in discussion everyday to ensure we orgnise a credible competition that will revive the memories of CECAFA’s good old days,” Musonye said.CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye addresses the media in a past event PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.“We have 12 teams, Libya and Zimbabwe are our guest teams and they have confirmed in writing that they will attend the competition. We have been to Kakamega’s Bukhungu Stadium and we have given them specifics that must be done and we believe they are following them up to ensure the venue be ready for the competition,” he added.The Secretary General said the tournament comes at the right time when the country is undergoing political trying times, disclosing that the competition will bring together Kenyans after the just concluded repeat Presidential election that divided the country.“We have gone through a very serious electioneering process and we need to use football to heal the wounds that have inflicted our people and come back together despite the divide that we have politically. That’s why we want to take this competition across the country,” Musonye said.The last time Kenya hosted the tournament in 2013, it was shambolic with teams being detained in hotels over unpaid bills, but Musonye has exuded confidence on Football Kenya Federation (FKF) that they will host a successful event.“As far as CECAFA is concerned, we have full confidence in FKF that they will do a good competition. They have been hosting many matches both international and friendlies and they have proved they can do it so we are counting on them.”FKF President Nick Mwendwa (left) with CECAFA Secretary General Nick Musonye (right) addressing the media on the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on Wednesday 8th November, 2017. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA,On his part, FKF boss Nick Mwendwa said preparations are top notch, saying that the government will be included in their plans as they seek to woe sponsors and a broadcast partner.“We want to use CECAFA to promote friendship especially now that we have just held our elections. As FKF we are geared to this commitment to see that we have a good event that will bring CECAFA back again after not being hosted in the last two years. This tournament will also be used to prepare Harambee Stars for upcoming games,” Mwendwa disclosed.Teams will start arriving from November 22 in the tournament that will bring together Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somali, Sudan, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Libya.The prize money structure remains the same with the winner pocketing Sh 3.1m (30,000 USD), runner-ups take home Sh 2m (20,000 USD) while third place will go home with Sh 1m (10,000 USD).0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa (left) with CECAFA Secretary General Nick Musonye (right) during the briefing of the first briefing of the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on Wednesday, November 7, 2017 at the goal project Kasarani. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – The Zimbabwe Warriors and Libya will be the guest teams for this year’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup slated to kick off November 25 to run until December 9 in Kenya.Zimbabwe and Libya replace Eretria and Djibouti in the 12 nation tournament that returns after two years since the 2015 edition that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where record champions Uganda beat Rwanda 1-0 to win the title.