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(USDA Radio News; 04/23/08 -
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Interview With FAS Administrator Mike
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(interview with FAS Administrator Michael W.
Yost; Reuters; 04/21/08)
From April 21–25, 2008, the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service
(USDA/FAS) will conduct an Agribusiness Trade
and Investment Mission to the North Africa
Region. Participant countries include Algeria,
Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.
The mission will be held in Casablanca, Morocco.
The main objective of this mission is to
promote U.S.–Africa agribusiness cooperation,
trade, and investment and to provide U.S.
participants with first-hand market information,
access to government decision makers, and
one-on-one meetings with business contacts to
position companies to enter or expand two-way
trade and investment in the North African
market. The North Africa region mission will
focus on the following sectors: dry grocery
products, food processing, dairy, seafood,
livestock genetics, and production inputs.
Twenty American companies have registered to
participate in this mission.
In May 2003, President George W. Bush
announced his initiative to create a Middle East
Free Trade Area by 2013. The initiative is
designed to deepen U.S. trade relationships with
all countries in the region through steps
tailored to each individual country’s level of
development. The initiative will
strengthen bilateral trade ties as a step
towards future free trade agreements (FTAs) with
In March 2004, the United States and Morocco
reached agreement on the first North Africa
region FTA designed to reduce and eliminate
barriers and facilitate trade and investment in
both countries. The agreement enhances
access to the Moroccan market for U.S.
agricultural products, while complementing
Morocco’s agricultural reform efforts and
preserving economic and social stability in the
agricultural sector of the Moroccan economy that
employs almost half the population.
Two-way agricultural trade between the United
States and North Africa has seen significant
growth from 2005 to 2007. During this period,
U.S. total imports of agricultural products from
North Africa increased by 70 percent, with U.S.
exports to North Africa increasing by 105
percent. The Trade and Investment Mission is
timed to help to bolster and enhance this upward
Darrell A. Upshaw
USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service