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AGOA CSO spring conference update

Monday, 24 April 2017

Source: AGOA CSO Network

The 3rd Annual AGOA Civil Society Organization Network Spring Conference under the theme "The Future of AGOA under the Trump Administration and 115th Congress of the United States" took place on April 20, 2017 at the Embassy of the Republic of Senegal, in Washington DC, and on April 21, 2017 in the historic Library of the House Ways and Means Committee in the Longworth House Office Building, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC.

The event brought together Ambassadors representing AGOA eligible countries, leaders from civil society, government, business, members of the press from the USA and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and a Cabinet Minister.  

The focus was on how civil society organizations can support government and business in reversing the current trend of declining US-Africa trade volume and economic engagement and strengthen the implementation of AGOA with the view of creating sorely needed good paying jobs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean under the Trump administration.

The Session at the Embassy of Senegal on "The Future of AGOA under the Trump administration" on Thursday April 20, 2017 addressed the following issues:

  • AGOA as the cornerstone of US policy on Africa
  • Elements of AGOA
  • U.S government policies supporting economic development in Africa
  • Challenges and Opportunities in the Textile and Apparel sector
  • Poverty Reduction and Food Security
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Women Empowerment
  • Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises
  • 2017 AGOA Forum, including the Civil Society Organization and African Women's Entrepreneurship (AWEP) Session of the 16th Annual U.S.-Sub-Saharan Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (also known as the AGOA Forum) in Lomé, Togo.
  • Current trend of declining US-Africa trade volume and economic engagement
  • Trump administration tax policy and US-Africa trade and investment

The Congressional Briefing on "The Future of AGOA under the 115th Congress of the United States" was led by the Chief Trade Counsel and Trade Subcommittee Staff Director, the Ways & Means Committee of the US House of Representatives on Friday, April 21, 2017 in the historic Library of the Ways and Means Committee.

  • Click on the links above for a copy of the official Communiqué and Recommendations, as well as the remarks by CSO chairperson, Fred Oladeinde.

 

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