Jewel of Africa (JOA) began selling jewellery in the U.S. in 2002 to a client base of around 10 individuals. Since then, our international market has expanded dramatically and in turn, customs clearance grew complicated. In one particular incident, Ms. Rashmi Sharma was forced to take the next flight back to Zambia upon her arrival into the U.S. as she did not have a clearing agent. We then turned to the United States Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub (The Hub) for assistance. The Hub not only linked JOA to a U.S clearing agent, but also enabled us to take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). According to an Article published by the Hub, “AGOA is the cornerstone of U.S. economic engagement with the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. AGOA helps eligible nations diversify their exports by providing duty-free access for nearly 7,000 tariff lines to the U.S. market, creating jobs and fostering inclusive economic growth.”
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Jewel of Africa is partnering with Gemfields in an initiative that aims to fund the construction of a new computer training laboratory for children and adults displaced by the insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province.