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Regional economic integration in uncertain Trump era should be AU’s key mandate.
While President Obama, and George Bush before him, made a commitment to prioritize on developing and promoting US trade with and investment in Africa, the era of President Donald Trump has plunged the US-Africa relations into a vastness of uncertainty with clear cut inclinations towards apathy. Building Africa’s trade capacity and extending preferential access to the US market for African products is clearly not a priority of his.
Under the specially crafted trade agreement AGOA (Africa Growth Opportunity Act) enacted in 2000, Africa has been able to access the American market for goods under preferential terms of trade aimed at strengthening the continent’s export front.