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The mandate for trade facilitation negotiation was limited to clarifying and improving GATT 1994 Article V on freedom of transit; Article VIII on fees and formalities in connection with importation and exportation of goods; and Article X on publication and administration of trade regulations.
Pursuant to the modalities established for the negotiation of the new partnership agreements in Articles 35 and subsequent ones of the Cotonou Agreement, the West Africa region negotiated the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) under the structure ECOWAS plus Mauritania.
AGOA was signed into U.S. law as part of the Trade and Development Act on 18th July 2000 and is set to expire in September 2015. The Act seeks to promote economic development, while expediting integration of African economies into the world trading system.