The AGOA legislation (Public Law 106-200) makes provision for the establishment of a United States-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (“AGOA Forum”).
Hosting of this significant annual event alternates between Washington D.C. in the US, and an African country. The last few AGOA Forums were held in Washington (2014), Libreville Gabon (2015), Washington (2016) and Lomé Togo (2017), Washington (2018), Côte d’Ivoire (2019), Washington (2020) respectively.
In Sec. 103, containing the legislation’s policy statements, reference is made to the US Congress’ support for an AGOA Forum.
Sec. 105 deals with the AGOA Forum in particular, and instructs the President of the United States to convene “annual high-level meetings between appropriate officials of the United States Government and officials of the governments of sub- Saharan African countries in order to foster close economic ties between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa”.
>> For additional details on the past few annual AGOA Forums, including copies of the agenda as well as related documents, visit the AGOA Forum section.