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2012 U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 7, 2012


The U.S. Department of State, in conjunction with several U.S. Government agencies, will host the eleventh annual U.S.-sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Forum, commonly known as the AGOA Forum, June 14-15, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is the U.S. Government's signature trade initiative with sub-Saharan Africa, and is the parent legislation of the Forum.

The 2012 AGOA Forum will focus on enhancing infrastructure development in Africa in four ways: (1) promoting an improved business climate and effective regulation that will encourage private-public partnerships; (2) increasing regional economic integration through strategic development of regional transportation corridors, regional power pools, and power generation capacity that can be shared across borders; (3) highlighting opportunities for U.S. exports in infrastructure related products and support for U.S. investment in the sector; and (4) encouraging the adaptation of renewable energy and energy efficient products.

The annual AGOA Forum is a mix of programs and events that will take place during the month of June. This event will be preceded by a two-day civil society program June 12-13 in Washington, DC. The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) will also host its infrastructure conference June 18-20 in Washington, DC, and the U.S.-Africa Business Conference (USABC) will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio June 21-22.

Learn more about the activities of the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State at: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at: and!/AFAsstSecy.

For additional information, please contact Marissa Rollens at or 202-647-7389.

PRN: 2012/906

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