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How can West African nations increase utilization of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)? George Boateng believes that an appropriate policy framework that promotes better regional integration and trade will provide a big part of the answer to that question. He shares his insights in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


George Boateng is a Southern Network Voices Scholar with the Wilson Center’s Africa Program and is also a Research Analyst for the African Center for Economic Transformation. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Rural Development and Management from the China Agricultural University (CAU), Beijing. He also holds a certificate in Climate Change from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). His career spans both public and private sectors. He currently is a Research Analyst for the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) involved in research in Food Security and Trade Welfare analysis in Africa. Prior to ACET, he worked with the Ministry of Agriculture in the area of Agricultural Extension and Agroindustry and with the Barclays Bank of Ghana in the field of Business Development.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.

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