AFCFTA and AGOA are opportunities for African diaspora – BHF Coordinator

AFCFTA and AGOA are opportunities for African diaspora – BHF Coordinator
Published date:
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
Nana Kwesi Coomson

The maiden edition of the Black History Festival (BHF) in USA which came off from February 21 to 28 in Washington DC has become an eye-opener for African diaspora about the scads of opportunities that exist in Africa, with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) and African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as windows.

Coordinator for BHF, Stephen Selassie Asuo said “Recently, the commencement of the AFCTA and the AGOA has opened more opportunities for the African Diaspora to connect with the continent for trade, innovation and investment. Take advantage of it and make good use of it.”

Amongst the Speakers at the maiden edition of BHF which was a hybrid type included; AU Permanent Presentative to USA, Hilda Suka-Mafudze; Vice President of World Bank, Eastern and Southern Africa, Hafez Ghanem; Senior Presidential Advisor, Yaw Osaafo- Marfo; Deputy CEO of Ghana Freezones Authority, Mrs. Kate Djankwei Abbeo; Deputy Director of Diasporan Affairs, Nadia Adongo Musah; President and Vice President of OB Social and Video and other notable individuals.

Sharing the schedule for the second edition of the BHF, Mr. Asuo stated that “there will be national BHF forums in Ghana, Morroco, Senegal, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, Eswatini, Rwanda, Cameroon and Ethiopia from June 2022.”

“This forum will come with business, tourism and arts activities. There will also be special BHF editions for the Caribbean in August 2022 and Europe in October 2022.”

Partners of the successful maiden edition of the BHF were Africa Union Mission to USA, Jacobs Abbey Global Institute of Leadership and Studies, Ghana Freezones Authority, YALI office in Washington DC, the US Embassy in Ghana, Mubita LLC, Festival of Lights, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Ghana Enterprises Agency, Gaithersburg Auto Clinic, amongst others.


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