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African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law on May 18, 2000 as Title 1 of The Trade and Development Act of 2000. The Act offers tangible incentives for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets.

2013 AGOA Forum:

On August 9 – 13, 2013, the United States partnered with Ethiopia to host the 2013 U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum in Addis Ababa.  The theme of this year’s Forum is “Sustainable Transformation through Trade and Technology.” The event will bring together senior officials from the United States and AGOA-eligible African countries to discuss a range of trade and investment-related issues.  More information on the upcoming Forum will be available soon.

Date: 08/03/2010 Description: Assitan Simpara from Mali and Chigedze Chinyepi from Botswana meet with Assistant Secretary Carson - State Dept Image 2012 AGOA Forum: "U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation"

On June 14-15, 2012, the United States hosted the 11th annual U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum. The event is mandated by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and is the U.S. Government's premier high-level, bilateral event with sub-Saharan Africa. This year’s theme is “Enhancing Africa’s Infrastructure for Trade.” 2012 AGOA Forum»

 2011 AGOA Forum: “New Strategies for a Changing World”  (June 8-10: Lusaka, Zambia)

The AGOA Forum The AGOA Forum is the only annual U.S. Government ministerial meeting with sub-Saharan Africa. The 2011 Forum will bring together over 1,600 participants, including senior U.S. Government officials, African government ministers and officials from the 37 AGOA beneficiary countries, African regional organizations, as well as U.S. and African business and civil society representatives. In addition, there are private sector and civil society activities, as well as youth and women’s entrepreneurship events.  Fact Sheet» 2011 AGOA»

The G-8 Muskoka Summit: A Historic Commitment to Accountability:African women at an open air market look through layers of brightly colored printed fabrics.
(June 25, 2010): Trade and Investment:  To further the integration of developing countries into the global economy, the G-8 committed to enhance market access and provide significant trade-related technical assistance and capacity building.  Through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), over 97% of U.S. imports from the 38 AGOA-eligible African countries entered the United States duty-free in 2008.  Thanks in part to AGOA, U.S. imports from sub-Saharan Africa increased from $21.3 billion in 2001 to $86.1 billion in 2008. More»


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