UGA’s Office of International Public Service and Outreach has been awarded a $187,000 grant by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to develop business links between textile and apparel firms in the United States and those in Uganda.
The grant is a partnership between UGA, the Ugandan Investment Authority and the East Africa-American Business Council in Atlanta. The goal of the project is to create opportunities for U.S. and Ugandan firms to do business that translates into economic growth and jobs for both countries.
“This project is a good example of the university addressing an important need in the state -providing business opportunities to Georgians. It is also an excellent example of competing in a global economy, and, in this case, everyone benefits,” says Art Dunning, vice president for public service and outreach.
The project is an important manifestation of the African Growth and Opportunities Act of 2000, which provides market access provisions for 38 sub-Saharan African countries. The act has the potential to transform the future of U.S.-Africa trade by promoting increased trade and economic cooperation between the United States and eligible sub-Saharan African countries.