USTR - Press Releasehttp://www.ustr.gov/node/64/205,8/10en-usPresident Obama removes Swaziland, reinstates Madagascar for AGOA BenefitsPresident Obama reinstated Madagascar’s eligibility for African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) benefits, effective immediately, and withdrew Swaziland’s AGOA eligibility, effective January 1, 2015.  Madagascar Madagascar was removed from AGOA on January 1, 2010 following a 2009 coup d’état.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2014/June/President-Obama-removes-Swaziland-reinstates-Madagascar-for-AGOA-Benefits2014-06-26T04:00:00Mali Now Eligible for Trade Benefits Under U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)Workers’ Rights Concerns in Swaziland Also Noted in Annual U.S. Review of AGOA eligibility http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/December/Mali-Eligible-for-Trade-Benefits-Under-AGOA2013-12-24T05:00:00Ambassador Michael Froman Concludes First Visit to Africa as U.S. Trade Representative Travel with President, Additional Meetings Highlight Obama Administration’s Commitment to Enhance Trade and Investment with the Continenthttp://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/july/ambassador-michael-froman-concludes-first-visit-afric2013-07-02T04:00:00Remarks by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman to the U.S. Global Leadership CoalitionRemarks by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman to the U.S. Global Leadership CoalitionJune 25, 2013*As Prepared For Delivery* http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/june/remarks-united-states-trade-representative-michael-fr2013-06-25T04:00:00The United States Explores New Opportunity to Boost Trade and Investment with West Africa03/29/2013Washington, D.C. – Acting United States Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis announced today that the United States is exploring the possibility of a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The announcement came during a visit to Washington, D.C. of President Koroma of Sierra Leone, President Sall of Senegal, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, and Prime Minister Neves of Cape Verde. Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Cape Verde are all ECOWAS Member States.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/march/US-explores-opportunity-west-Africa2013-03-29T04:00:00 U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk Comments on Important Changes to Preference Programs for Developing Nations12/20/2012  Presidential Proclamation Makes South Sudan Eligible to Receive Benefits, Addresses Eligibility of Other Countries under AGOA and GSPhttp://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2012/december/ustr-kirk-comments-on-preference-programs2012-12-20T05:00:00U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk Applauds Congressional Renewal of AGOA’S Third-Country Fabric Provision, Amendments to CAFTA-DR08/02/2012Washington, D.C. – Today, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk applauded news of a welcomed and long-awaited vote by both the House and Senate to make critical amendments to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Central America – Dominican Republic – United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2012/august/kirk-applauds-agoa-caftadr-renewal2012-08-02T04:00:00U.S. Trade Representative Kirk Applauds Senate Finance Action to Renew AGOA's Third-Country Fabric Provision, Amend CAFTA-DR07/18/2012Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk welcomed news of passage by the Senate Finance Committee today of key legislation that makes crucial improvements and amendments to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), America’s trade preference program for sub-Saharan Africa, and the Central America – Dominican Republic – United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2012/july/kirk-applauds-senate-action-agoa-tcf-cafta2012-07-18T04:00:00U.S. Trade Representative Kirk Applauds Congress’s Agreement To Advance Urgent AGOA, CAFTA-DR Changes06/21/2012Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk today welcomed news of an agreement in Congress to advance legislation making critical updates and improvements to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), America’s trade preference program for sub-Saharan Africa, and the Central America – Dominican Republic – United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2012/june/kirk-applauds-agreement-to-advance-agoa-caftadr2012-06-21T04:00:00Joint Statement on the United States-East African Community Trade and Investment Partnership06/15/2012http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2012/june/joint-statement-US-East-African-Community-Trade-Investment-Partnership2012-06-15T04:00:00