Cote d’Ivoire has hired the Trump-connected Avenue Strategies Global for support ahead of the 2019 African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum slated in August.
President Clinton signed AGOA into law in 2000 to enhance US market access to sub-Saharan countries that are in compliance with legal, labor and human rights standards.
Cote d’Ivoire wants ASG’s help in increasing American investment, especially in its textile and cashew nuts sectors, negotiating a free trade agreement the US and paving the way for the sale of more artisan handicrafts here.
Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, and Barry Bennett, advisor to the Trump campaign and head of Ben Carson’s presidential run, launched ASG.
The firm will lobby the administration and Congress and pitch the media on behalf of Cote’ d’Ivoire, according to its six-month contract worth $120K.
Zimbabwe in April hired ASG to a one-year to $1.1M contract to improve its relations with the US.