Updated: March 1, 2021
WASHINGTON – Two senior American officials, Ambassador, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, and , Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, will on July 23 preview the United States and Ivory Coast co-hosting the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Abidjan, August 4-6.
According to an official statement, the Forum will bring together senior government officials from the United States and 39 sub-Saharan African AGOA-eligible countries to discuss ways to deepen economic cooperation and increase trade between the United States and Africa. The African Union and regional economic communities will also participate.
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The theme of this year’s Forum is “AGOA and the Future: Developing a New Trade Paradigm to Guide U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment.”
The 2019 Forum will explore how countries can maximize the benefits of AGOA in a rapidly changing economic landscape, and can deepen our trade and investment ties in parallel with the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
Representatives from the private sector, civil society, and the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) will participate in Forum activities August 4-6.