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					     AFRICA GLOBAL
COMPETITIVENESS INITIATIVE

The goals of the AGCI are to:

1. Expand African trade with the U.S. under
    AGOA, with other international trading
     partners, and regionally within Africa

 2. Promote export competitiveness of SSA
     countries.
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Objective 1: Improve the Business and Regulatory
   Environment for Private Sector-led Trade and
   Investment

Objective 2: Strengthen the Knowledge and Skills of SSA
   Private Sector Enterprises

Objective 3: Increase Access to Financial Services For
   Trade and Investment

Objective 4: Facilitate Investment in Infrastructure
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1. IMPROVE THE BUSINESS AND REGULATORY
    ENVIRONMENT

Expected Results: Major Policy Reforms Adopted,
Business Regulations Reduced, Investments Increased

--Foster compliance with WTO agreements
--Facilitate trade-customs reform, reduce tariff and non-
  tariff barriers, improve border and port administration
--Promote Intellectual Property Rights
--Reduce regulations on businesses
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 2. STRENGTHEN THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
      OF SSA PRIVATE SECTOR ENTERPRISES

Expected Results: Increased Sales/Exports by $500 M

--Develop entrepreneur's skills and market knowledge
--Comply with international SPS requirements
--Introduce innovation and develop new products
--Respond to market trends and customer preferences
--Form trading and investment relationships
--Increase market penetration.
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    3. INCREASE ACCESS TO FINANCIAL SERVICES

    Expected Results: Greater Financing for Enterprises
    and Infrastructure

    --Use credit history to enable borrowers access to finance
    --Improve access to asset-based finance—collateralization
    --Use documentation of debt service capacity
    --Level the playing field between domestic and
      international financial intermediaries
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         4. FACILITATE INVESTMENT IN
               INFRASTRUCTURE

Expected Result: Leverage $1 billion in New
Investments in Infrastructure

--Improve reliable energy supply
--Increase access to information and communications
  technologies (ICT)
--Decrease transport costs.
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             IMPLEMENTATION-USAID

--Regional USAID Missions and their four regional
  Competitiveness Hubs: Accra, Dakar, Gaborone,
  and Nairobi: Enabling environment and
  enterprise development
--Bilateral USAID Missions: Enabling environment
  and enterprise development
--Financial sector contracts and GDA
--Infrastructure contracts-e.g., Central African Power
  Pool, West Africa Gas Pipeline
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      IMPLEMENTATION-USAID funded USG


--USDA – Sanitary and Phytosanitary Systems

--US DOC – Intellectual Property Rights

--US TDA - Infrastructure
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    WEST AFRICA COMPETITIVENESS HUB
                RESULTS

--Facilitated over $6 million in AGOA exports
--Facilitated over $1 million in investment
--Secretariat for the African Cashew Alliance
--with ECOWAS and UEMOA--an information system
  to track bribes and delays in transportation
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 SOUTHERN AFRICA COMPETITIVENESS
           HUB RESULTS
-- Exports from Southern Africa totaled over $2.6 billion
   with a $100 million dollar increase in agriculture
-- Citrus exports increased from $31 million in 2005 to $46
   million in 2006
-- Label clothing in Botswana and Lesotho have orders that
   total $2.6 million for 2007
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   EAST AFRICA COMPETITIVENESS HUB
                       RESULTS
-- Sales of specialty coffees increased annually by
   25% over the last 4 years to over $ 162 million
-- Companies such as Starbucks will double their
   African coffee purchases in the next two years
-- In last three years exports to the U.S. for
   handicrafts, textiles, floriculture came to $13
   million