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AGOA Forum

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...

13th AGOA Forum August 1-6, 2014 in Washington D.C.

13th AGOA Forum August 1-6, 2014 in Washington D.C.

The 2014 US – sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (known as the AGOA Forum) will coincide with the historic US-Africa Leaders Summit.


AGOA Ministerial

Monday, August 4 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the World Bank Preston Auditorium

The AGOA Ministerial will convene senior U.S. administration officials, Members of Congress, African government ministers, and leaders of African regional economic communities to discuss AGOA’s renewal and modernization as well as its linkage to a comprehensive trade and development strategy.  This event is by invitation only.


AGOA Civil Society Forum

Friday, August 1 to Saturday, August 2 at FHI 360, 1825 Connecticut Ave NW

Hosted by the AGOA Civil Society Network, this Forum brings together a wide array of U.S. and African non-governmental organizations, representatives of small-to-medium sized businesses, and other groups to discuss ways to implement AGOA so that it benefits all segments of American and African society.  The two-day event will provide space to discuss civil society’s perspectives on AGOA renewal.  This event is open to the public. For more information or to register, please visit 


AGOA Panel Discussion, U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit Civil Society Forum

Monday, August 4 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the National Academy of Sciences

Select members of civil society and government will hold a consultation on AGOA’s future as part of a broader Civil Society event.  The panel discussion will be directly followed by a Global Town Hall Meeting moderated by Secretary Kerry. This event is by invitation only.  


Corporate Council on Africa’s AGOA Ministerial Networking Reception

Tuesday, August 5 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel

As a part of CCA’s full week of events surrounding the US-Africa Leaders Summit, the AGOA Networking Reception will allow business leaders and U.S. and African government officials to interact in a less structured setting.  This event is open to the registered guests. For more information or to register, please visit the events calendar on CCA’s website:


AWEP Business-to-Business Showcase and Reception

Wednesday, August 6 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Pavilion, Ronald Reagan Building

This showcase will feature booths from 30 African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) enterprises as well as opening and closing addresses by senior USG officials. This event is open to the public, contingent upon rsvp.  For more information or to register, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 202-939-5570.


US-Africa Business Forum

Tuesday, August 5 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Programme details for this historic event taking place alongside the 2014 AGOA Forum available at this link.