Cameroon’s Trade Preference benefits eligibility terminated.
The US president, Donald Trump today Thursday 31 October 2019 wrote to the United States Congress providing notice to terminate the designation of the Republic of Cameroon as a beneficiary sub-Sahara African country club under the African Growth and Opportunity Act(AGOA).
The African Growth and Opportunity Act is a legislation that was approved by the U.S Congress in May 2000 to assist the economies of sub-Sahara Africa and to improve economic relations between the United States and the sub-African region.
This decision by Donald Trump to terminate Cameroon’s beneficiary to this Trade Act is a result of the gross violation of Human rights in Cameroon by the government of Cameroon as observed by section 104 of the AGOA.
This means Cameroon will no longer benefit from any contributions made by the United States under the AGOA. These benefits include among other trade preferences for quota and duty-free entry into the United States for certain goods expanded market access for textile and apparel goods into the United States.
In accordance with section 506A(a)(3)(B) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2466a(a)(3)(B)), I am providing notice of my intent to terminate the designation of the Republic of Cameroon (Cameroon) as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
I am taking this step because I have determined that the Government of Cameroon currently engages in gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, contravening the eligibility requirements of section 104 of the AGOA.
Despite intensive engagement between the United States and the Government of Cameroon, Cameroon has failed to address concerns regarding persistent human rights violations being committed by Cameroonian security forces. These violations include extrajudicial killings, arbitrary and unlawful detention, and torture.
Accordingly, I intend to terminate the designation of Cameroon as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under the AGOA as of January 1, 2020. I will continue to assess whether the Government of Cameroon engages in gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, in accordance with the AGOA eligibility requirements.
DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE,
October 31, 2019.