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The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law by United States President Clinton in May 2000.  The objectives of the legislation include the expansion and deepening of the trade and investment relationship with Sub-Saharan Africa, to encourage economic growth and development as well as regional integration, and to help facilitate the integration of Sub-Saharan Africa into the global economy. Read more...

14th AGOA Forum August 24-27, 2015 in Libreville, Gabon

AGOA Forum 2015: The 2015 US – sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (known as the AGOA Forum) takes place August 24-27, 2015 in Libreville, Gabon. 

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  • Visit the official Gabonese AGOA Forum 2015 website:  www.agoa.ga/

 

The theme for this year's event is:


 

“AGOA at 15: Charting a course for a sustainable US-Africa Trade and Investment Partnership”

 


 

A more detailed (draft) version of the programme can be downloaded at this link.  

 

MONDAY AUGUST 24, 2015

 

9:00 – 17:00    Advance Registration (Badge Pick-up)

9:00 – 15:00    Senior African Officials Pre-Forum Preparation Meeting

 

TUESDAY AUGUST 25, 2015                

 

9:00 – 17:00    Advance Registration (Badge Pick-up)

9:00 – 12:00    African Trade Ministers Consultative Group Meeting

9:00 – 17:00    Private Sector and Civil Society Events& Site Visits

                         African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP)                                

17:00 - 19:30   VIP Reception hosted by Private Sector

 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26, 2015

 

08:45 – 10:15       Ministerial Opening Ceremony

10:45 – 10:55       Readout from African Trade Ministers Consultative Group

10:55 – 11:05       Readout from Civil Society, AWEP, and Private Sector (3 mins each)

11:05 – 12:30       PLENARY 1 –Dialogue on the Current U.S. -Africa Trade and Investment Partnership and Beyond

                                  

14:00– 15:30    BREAKOUT Sessions

WORKSHOP 1 – Building capacity to comply with international SPS standards to increase food security, agro-business investment, and AGOA exports                               

WORKSHOP 2 – How to ensure compliance with standard requirements and modalities to broaden benefits from AGOA                                                                      

WORKSHOP 3 – Investing in innovative infrastructure solutions through the promotion of public/private partnerships to improve African competitiveness and regional trade                                  

WORKSHOP 4 – Advancing sustainable sourcing and trading in the forestry sector through enhanced public/private partnership: the case of Gabon

                                  

16:00 – 17:30      PLENARY 2 – Promoting intra-Africa trade and regional integration through sustainable investments

17:30 – 18:30      USTR Meeting with Trade Ministers

                            CLOSED – HEADS OF DELEGATION ONLY

                                                                    

THURSDAY August 27, 2015

 

08:45 - 10:15      PLENARY 3 – Dialogue with U.S. Congressional Members and Staff                                  

10:30 – 11:30     PLENARY 4 – Strategic Public-Private Approaches to Develop Value Chains and Market Linkages to Accelerate Trade Competitiveness and Export Growth

                                 

12:00 – 13:30    BREAKOUT 2:

 

 WORKSHOP 5 – Connecting Africa through ICT: Bridging the digital divide

 WORKSHOP 6 – Improving global health security: an imperative for accelerating economic growth and expanding trade                                

 WORKSHOP 7 – Youth and Trade Agenda: The way forward               

 WORKSHOP 8 – Addressing Africa’s Power Deficit        

  *Note: this session will run till 1400.

                                  

Part I (12:00 - 12:45)     Lessons Learned under Power Africa for Attracting Power Sector Investment

Part II (12:45 - 13:15)  – Increasing investments in renewable energy for a sustainable solution to Africa’s power shortages

Part III (13:15 - 14:00) – Natural Gas Value Chain

                                  

15:00 –16:30     PLENARY 5 – The Missing Middle – Supporting African women entrepreneurs to participate in global supply chains                                    

 

16:45 – 17:15    Ministerial Closing Ceremony

17:15 - 19:00     Closing Reception  

 

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