Emmanuel Tamen has extensive legal experience in international trade law and investment matters with a particular emphasis on U.S.-Africa trade and development issues. Mr. Tamen founded the International Trade Institute for Africa (ITIA), an independent, public policy, nonpartisan research institution dedicated to the development and enhancement of a comprehensive international trade policy in Africa.
Mr. Tamen assisted an association comprised of leading U.S. corporations and trade associations that encouraged passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and later served as the Director of AGOA Action, Inc., an international trade advocacy organization, where he managed the organization's efforts aimed at monitoring the successful implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act enacted in 2000.
The African Growth and Opportunity Act, commonly known as AGOA, is comprehensive U.S. legislation designed to enhance U.S.-Africa business exchanges and improve access to the U.S. market for African manufactured goods. Upon passage of the AGOA legislation, Mr. Tamen was one of a handful of American lawyers selected by the United States Department of State's Public Diplomacy Office to travel to Africa to make presentations on the law's country eligibility criteria, which include revising country transshipment laws, amending rules of origin regulations, and instituting special customs visa certification procedures. Mr. Tamen has made numerous technical presentations before African government agencies, business associations, chambers of commerce and other trade groups in several African countries including Chad, Cameroon and Niger, among others.
A regular participant in the annual U.S.-Africa AGOA-related trade and investment forums, Mr. Tamen has participated in AGOA forums held in Port Louis, Mauritius; Dakar, Senegal; Accra, Ghana and the Central African Regional AGOA forum held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. He has assisted with Free Trade Zone (FTZ) regulatory issues in Lomé, Togo and regional trade matters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.
Mr. Tamen has advised African Governments, particularly the customs and trade ministries, on the AGOA eligibility process and assisted eligible African governments in forming National AGOA Commissions to coordinate country-specific efforts to fully realize the preferential market access benefits available under the AGOA.
Mr. Tamen's legal experience has also included advising on United States international trade regulatory regimes, antitrust law, business immigration, and dumping and countervailing duty matters. He has also advised clients with matters before the United States International Trade Commission, the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, the United States Trade Representative's Office (USTR), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States Export-Import Bank (EXIM BANK), the United States Trade and Development Agency (TDA) and other multilateral trade and finance institutions.