The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the president has notified Congress and the government of Mauritania of his intent to terminate the eligibility of Mauritania for trade preference benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), as of January 1, 2019.
According to the USTR release, the president determined that “Mauritania is not making sufficient progress toward establishing the protection of internationally recognized worker rights….[and] is out of compliance with eligibility requirements of AGOA. Specifically, Mauritania has made insufficient progress toward combating forced labor, in particular the scourge of hereditary slavery.”
To qualify for AGOA trade benefits, partner countries must meet certain statutory eligibility requirements—including making continual progress toward establishing internationally recognized worker rights including a prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory labor. Other criteria include not engaging in gross violations of internationally recognized human rights and making continual progress toward establishing the rule of law, political pluralism, and the elimination of barriers to U.S. trade and investment.
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