Take Action Publications Press Room About Public Citizen Public Citizen Divisions Home
Promoting democracy by challenging corporate globalization

JOIN US! |Take Action | Publications | About Trade Watch | Contact Us
Email Signup

Fair Trade Archive: GTW E-Newsletters, Action Alerts, and Updates

Sign up for our free activist updates.


For Keyword(s)
advanced search

"NAFTA for Africa" Bill (H.R. 434)


The African NAFTA bill, euphemistically dubbed the "African Growth and Opportunity Act" by its boosters, was pushed in 1999 by a coalition of U.S.-based oil and other multinational corporations. NGOs in Africa and the U.S. attacked the legislation as undermining African interests in sovereign, equitable development in order to promote U.S. corporate control of African economics and natural resources. After a heated battle, the bill narrowly passed in the House 233-186 and died in the Senate. In his January 1999 State of the Union address, President Clinton announced a major White House effort to revive this legislation, calling for Congress to quickly pass the "Africa Trade and Development" bill.  On May 18, 2000 the bill was passed into law by President Clinton.


 Read H.R. 434 - The "African Growth and Opportunity Act"

See How Your Member of Congress Voted


    » trade | africa

Because Public Citizen does not accept funds from corporations, professional associations or government agencies, we can remain independent and follow the truth wherever it may lead. But that means we depend on the generosity of concerned citizens like you for the resources to fight on behalf of the public interest. If you would like to help us in our fight, click here.

Hot Issues

Join | Contact PC | Contribute | Site Map | Careers/Internships| Privacy Statement