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Africa-US joint session on AGOA held in Washington

Saturday, 03 August 2013 Published: | Nesru Jemal

Source: Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (Addis Ababa)

A half-day gathering of Africa-US joint briefing Session on AGOA was held on Friday.

Ambassadors of African eligible countries and the African Union Mission to the USA and high ranking US officials representing Departments of State and Commerce and the office of the US Trade Representative for Africa took part in the session.

The meeting during its opening session was updated on the preparations of the upcoming 12th AGOA meeting to convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia being the current Chair to host the plenum.

In a keynote remark he made during the opening session of the Confab, Ambassador Girma Birru, Special Envoy and Ambassador Extra-ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the US and non-resident Ambassador to Canada and Mexico, who is the current Chairman of AGOA Ambassadors' Forum highlighted the salient steps already taken by the Ethiopian government to ensure the successful convocation of the 12th AGOA annual meeting.

The Special envoy exuded with confidence that Ethiopia has made the necessary preparations and expressed hope that this 12th Forum will be one of the best Forums so far.

Flori Liser, Assistant US Trade Representative for Africa, John Anderson, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Amy Baukol, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of US Treasury and Amy Holman, Director, Office of Economic policy, Africa Bureau, Department of State also gave highlights that their respective departments and offices are poised to play for the success of the upcoming AGOA Confab.