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Ethiopia “sad” at US decision to end duty-free access

Addis Ababa urges Washington to reconsider its decision to end Ethiopia’s eligibility for benefits under the African Growth Opportunity Act.

Ethiopia states that sanctions on the country can affect the lives of more than 200,000 low-income Ethiopians working in companies that benefit from preferential trade access. (Reuters Archive)

Ethiopia said it was dissatisfied with the US decision to revoke duty-free access to East African countries’ exports.

“The Ethiopian government is saddened by the decision by the United States to remove it,” the ministry said. It asked the United States to reconsider that decision.

A statement from the Ministry of Trade of Ethiopia on Monday was issued after the Biden administration on December 23 ended Ethiopia’s eligibility for benefits under the African Growth Opportunity Act.

The United States cited the disapproval of the war in the Tigray region for this action.

“Ethiopia is implementing various initiatives aimed at bringing about peace and stability, political consensus and economic development, in addition to reforms in line with the long-standing relationship between the two countries,” the statement said. ..

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US decision on the Tigray War

The U.S. has suspended Ethiopia’s eligibility for trade interests, despite a petition by a few U.S. lawmakers and Ethiopian lobby groups to give the Biden administration more time to comply with U.S. demands. ..

According to Biden’s statement, the decision on African countries was made after failing to end the almost year-long war in the Tigray region, which led to a “serious breach” of human rights. This measure also prevents Guinea and Mali from enjoying trade benefits as of January 1.

The African Growth Opportunity Act provides that sub-Saharan African countries meet certain requirements, such as removing barriers to US trade and investment and advancing towards political pluralism. Provides tax-free access to.

The United States and the United Nations say Ethiopian authorities have blocked trucks from delivering desperately needed food and other aid to Tigray. This is a claim that Addis Ababa denies. Dozens of people starved to death, the Associated Press reported.

In September, Biden warned that Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed would impose sanctions if he did not take steps to end the war in Tigray and elsewhere.

On November 3, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs labeled the move as “misplaced” and “injustice threats,” and the decision was made by more than 200,000 people working in companies that would benefit from preferential trade access. He said it could affect the lives of low-income Ethiopians.

Some Ethiopian companies are already showing signs of a recession in their export business.

A textile worker at the Hawassa Industrial Complex, about 270 kilometers south of the capital Addis Ababa, told AP over the phone for fear of anonymity. Workplace safety.

Ethiopia has been one of Africa’s fastest growing economies in recent years, but the war in Tigray has weakened its momentum.

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Source: AP

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