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Do you like jeans, jam and yoga? Check the label... maybe it's made in Africa! The annual Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) Ministerial Conference and Civil Society Forum taking place in Lusaka, Zambia, June 7-10, 2011, presents an opportune moment for us to talk about how increased trade with Africa is delivering gains in economic growth and development and the real life impact this is having on individuals, communities and nations on the continent. We know that effective programs which fight against poverty and disease, like HIV/AIDS, promote vaccines and agriculture are delivering results, but we also know the key to promoting sustainable economic development on the African continent is to enable Africans to trade with us, increase their incomes and grow their economies. Join us as we learn how trade increasingly connects us to Africa, and how our purchasing power and retail choices are changing African lives for the better!
Greetings from the Garden State! We’re happy and excited to report that last Friday, President Obama signed S.3326, the Extension of the AGOA Third-Country Fabric Provision into law. This provision allows African manufacturers the freedom to purchase fabric from outside the continent to sew garments for export to ... More
A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to call your Senators and urge them to cosponsor S.3266, a bipartisan bill to support US trade with Africa. Well, we have exciting news -- your calls made a big difference! Within an hour of each other, this morning, both chambers of ... More
Last week, we sent out an email to ONE members asking you to call your senators and urge them to co-sponsor a critical trade bill which could save hundreds of thousands of African jobs. S.3326 is a no-cost, bipartisan bill to amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA ... More
ONE is proud to introduce our exclusive handmade scarf made with fashionABLE, a company based in Ethiopia. ONE’s Nora Coghlan recently visited the fashionABLE factory and gave us this inside look into the production of our scarves. To buy a fashionABLE scarf, visit our ONE Store here. Two weeks ... More
Photo Credit: Flickr stream of futureatlascom Trade = development, but only with transparency.Last month, at the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about continuing challenges and new solutions for success in US-Africa trade relations. AGOA is a trade preference program which aims to ... More
Helinda Tetteh, 23, is a quality control supervisor at Lucky1888Mills, an apparel factory that opened in Tema, Ghana, in March. The company has 250 workers -– almost all young women –- and is hoping to expand its operations to add 300 more jobs in coming months. Here is her story, as told ... More