S.832 - AGOA and MCA Modernization Act115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 04/05/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Foreign Relations|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 10/17/2017 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 246. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.832 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (04/05/2017)
African Growth and Opportunity Act and Millennium Challenge Act Modernization Act or the AGOA and MCA Modernization Act
This bill directs the President to establish a website for the collection and dissemination of information regarding the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
The Department of State is urged to encourage eligible sub-Saharan African countries to use the benefits available under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
The President is urged to:
- facilitate trans-boundary trade among eligible sub-Saharan African countries;
- provide training for business and government trade officials on accessing AGOA benefits;
- provide capacity building for African entrepreneurs and trade associations on production strategies, quality standards, and market development;
- provide capacity building training to promote product diversification and value-added processing; and
- provide capacity building and technical assistance funding to help African businesses and institutions comply with U.S. counter-terrorism policies.
The Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 is amended to permit an eligible country that has entered into a Millennium Challenge Compact to enter into one additional compact under specified conditions.
The bill establishes, beginning with FY2013, new assistance criteria for a low-income or a lower-middle-income candidate country eligible to enter into a Millennium Challenge Compact with the United States.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation shall: (1) before selecting a compact country, provide the Board of Directors with information regarding the country's treatment of civil society; and (2) submit an assessment of the feasibility of developing partnerships at the subnational level within candidate countries.