Washington — Mali has regained its eligibility for trade benefits under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

President Obama made his annual determination regarding country eligibility for AGOA on December 23. In addition to continuing the eligibility of the 39 current beneficiary countries, the president reinstated Mali's eligibility beginning January 1, 2014. Forty of the 49 potentially eligible countries in sub-Saharan Africa are eligible to receive benefits under AGOA in 2014