Re-Authorize the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law in May 2000 as Title 1 of The Trade and Development Act.
In the 15 years since enactment, AGOA has become one of the defining
characteristics of the United States’ trade and commercial relationship
with Africa. If Congress does not act, it will expire September 30,
AGOA’s strict eligibility requirements, which oblige African
countries to open their economies, create strong incentives to build
free markets and pursue economic growth through trade, not aid. And
it works. Forty African countries can export nearly 6,800 products into
the U.S. marketplace under the Act’s unilateral trade preference
agreement. African trade with the U.S. has expanded by four folds; over
300,000 formal sector jobs have been created, and $52 billion of
investment in productive enterprises is directly attributable to the
trade relationship that AGOA has created between eligible countries and
the U.S. Deepening commercial relationships also benefit U.S.
exporters. U.S. exports to Africa have grown by 300 percent during the
same period.Read full OP ED
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the Supply Chain for African Ethnic Foods,
Spices and Beverages in the Americas”
Tony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC; Goodwell Dingaan, Director: Resource Beneficiation, Economic Development and Tourism, Western Cape Government, South Africa; and Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA at the 18th Americas Food and Beverage Show
2014 Trade and Investment Conference and Trade Show willbring buyers, producers
exporters of food and beverages from across Africa, the Caribbean, South
America, Canada, and the United States.
and exporters from Africa will have the opportunity to showcase their products
at the Africa Trade Development Center Pavilion at the 18th Americas
Food & Beverage Show and Conference to more than 10,000
participants. 500 exhibitors from over 28 countries will be present.
Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA addresses Summit delegates; seated on the dais is Honorable Oumar Gueye, Minister of Tourism and Air Transportation, Senegal; Bill Talbert, CEO, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; Honorable Dennis C. Moss, Commissioner, Miami -Dade Board of County Commissioners, (Dist. 9) and Chairman, Transportation and Aviation Committee, Miami-Dade County; Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez, CEO and Director of Aviation, Miami-Dade Aviation Dept.; Barry E. Johnson, President/CEO, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; Larry K. Williams, President/CEO, The Beacon Council; and Juan Kuryla, Director, PortMiami
Bryant Salter, President/CEO, Business Diplomacy Consulting; H.E. Amina Ali, African Union Ambassador to the US; Seraphine Manirambona, African Union; Congressman Delahunt; Evelyn Sahr,Chair, Aviation Law Practice, Eckert, Seamans; Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA
Honorable Ibrahim Mansaray, Deputy Minister Transport & Aviation, Sierra Leone provides remarks during luncheon; seated on the dias Pamela Whitley, Deputy Assistant Secretary for NextGEn, FAA; Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Francesco Violante, CEO, SITA; Commissioner Dennis C. Moss; and H.E. Amina Ali, Ambassdor to the US, African Union
Honorable Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County pictured with Future Aviation Leaders (L to R) Escarleth Parajon, Student, FMU; and Alexsandra Sanchez, Student, FMU
Greg Owens, Director of the Real Estate Management Division, MIA moderates session on Aviation Safety in Africa; also pictured are speakers for the session: Pamela Whitley, Deputy Assistant Administrator for NextGen; Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren, CEO, Harold Demuren Consulting; and Shelia Helton-Ingram, Senior Advisor, Office of International Transportation and Trade, U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary
Babacar Beye, Chief, Senegal Economic Bureau, Washingotn, DC ; Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA; Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez, CEO and Director of Aviation, Miami-Dade Aviation Department; Honorable Dennis C. Moss, Commissioner (Dist. 9), and Chairman, Transportation and Aviation Committee; Honorable Oumar Gueye, Minister of Tourism & Air Transportation; Juan Kuryla, Director, PortMiami; Aminata Dia, Expert Economist, Senegal; and members of the Senegalese delegation
Rajeev Arora, Executive Drirector, ACTIF; Raymar Rodriguez, Florida Export Packers/Santini Export Packers; Ambassador Robin Sanders, CEO, FEEEDS Initiative, and FEEEDS, LLC.; Gabriel Olowo, CEO & President, Sabre Network, West Africa; Tony Okonmah, Exectutive Director, Africa Trade Development Center
Dawit W. Michael Gebre-Ab, Djibouti Ports & Freezone; Aboubaker Omar Hadi, Chairman, Djibouti Ports & Freezone; Nick Fadugba, President & CEO, African Aviation Services, Ltd., UK; Pekun Sowole, Esq., Partner, Pekun Sowole & Co., Lagos, Nigeria; Gabriel Olowo, CEO & President, Sabre Network, West Africa
“Using the ATDC to Strengthen the Supply Chain for African Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises
Florida Governor Rick Scott presents ATDC officals: Fred, Oladeinde, President, right, and Tony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC to the left with A Certificate of Accomplishment during the Trade Expo. Also pictured (far left) is Manny Mencia, Senior VP, International Trade, and Development Division, Enterprise Florida
Hon. Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, Deputy Mayor, City of Doral is joined by Hon. Alie Badara Mansaray, Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Sierra Leone; and Tony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC to the left. On the right is Dr. Gerswhin Blyden, Chairman, FDA, and Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA
The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida stops by the ATDC Exhibit during the Trade Expo; the Govervenor is seen conversing with ATDC reps Evelyn Wynn, and Jennifer Greasley
AfrICANDO 2013: Textiles of Africa Fashion Show - was organized in partnership with Ankara Miami, Inc. The extravaganza presented local and international designers, including: Wamuiru Couture (US), Yhaniqua Lopes (Angola), JAMA Collections (Sierra Leone) and Patience Torlowei (Nigeria). This culturally infused event provided an opportunity to participate in an electrifying night of fresh patterns, eclectic designs, and bold attitudes, underscoring the talent and progression within the African Diaspora!
Participants in AfrICANDO Pavillion during the Trade Expo
Doral - Airport Chamber officials Fabio Galoppi, and a local Attorney FDA, Chairman, Dr. Gerswhin Blyden, and the Hon. Mansaray, Deputy Minister Trade and Industry, Sierra Leone participate in ATDC Partnership Agreement Signing Ceremony
Anthony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC; Student Delegate Gerre Barnwell, Graduate, Miami Carol High School; Ambassador Conteh; Deputy Chief of Sierra Leone Mission, Washigton, DC; Dr. Erahbor Ighodaro, City of Miami Gardens Councilman, and FDA Boardmember
The City of Miami Gardens Councilman Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro will lead a small delegation of students from Miami Gardens to the West African nation of Sierra Leone, July 31 – August 14, 2013. The two-week trip is designed to expose South Florida students to the culture, economy, educational systems and business climate of one of the fastest growing economies in the world: Africa.
“We live in a global village and in this competitive global market, our children must be prepared to compete with their counterparts from China, Germany, etc.,” explains Dr. Ighodaro. “For over a decade, this "Rites of Passage" program has allowed our school district to live up to its motto of ‘giving students the world.’” (Read full press release)
2013 AGOA Forum
US-Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum
“Sustainable Transformation through Trade and Technology"
August 10 - 13, 2013 ♦ African Union Center ♦ Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Fred Oladeinde, President , The Foundation for Democracy in Africa, and Chair, AGOA CSO Network providing remarks during the Civil Society, Private Sector, and AWEP Joint Session of the Opening Session of the 12th US-Africa Trade & Economic Cooperation Forum
Vijay Poonoosamy, VP International & Public Affairs, Ethiad Airways, and Summit Chair welcome participants. To his right is Susan Kurland Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs and Fred O. Oladeinde, President of the Foundation for Democracy in Africa (FDA) to his left
Bill Talbert President and CEO of Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bueau (GMCVB) moderator of SessionII: African Country Tourism Campaign that Excel, to his right Ms. Inonge Limbanbala Mwenya, First Secretary, Embassy of Zambia, to his left Elhadji Abdul Aziz Gueye, Director Senegal Tourism Authority and Mohamed Hegazy, Director of Egyptian Tourist Authority.
USAfrica Air Transportation and Tourism Summit - A US and
R-L, Nick Faduga, President and CEO, AAfrican Aviation Services Ltd, moderator of Session III :The Role of Government in Tourism Promotion-Which Policies: How to Fund, Zemedeneh Negatu; Managing Partner Ethiopia and Head of Transaction Advisory Services, Ernest & Young LLP, Hon. Uahekua Herunga; Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism,Republic of Namibia and Solly Fourie, Head of Department: Economic Development and Tourism, Western Cape Government, South Africa.
Who's Traveling To Africa?
Christina Cassotis, Vice President & Leader ICF Practice, SH&E, Inc.
R-L, Miguel Southwell, Deputy Director Business Retention & Development , Miami-Dade Aviation Department moderator Session V: Building World Class Tourism Campaign Rolando Aedo, Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer, GMCVB, Paula Musto, Director, Public Affairs & Marketing, Port Miami and Paul Cohen, President and CEO, Partner Concept LLC
R- L, Fred Oladeinde, FDA President, Vijay Poonooosamy , VP International & Public Affairs Ethiad Airways moderator of Session IV: Airline Rountable: Building Air Service in Africa -What Can Countries and Airports Do to Make Themselves Attractive to Carriers? next Angela Gittens; Director General, Airports council International (ACID World) and Donald Foley; Director Pricing & Interline, Arik Airlines , Ltd, and Captain A.J. Tolberts ; Chairman, Depart. of Aviation and Safety, Florida Memorial University
Session VI: Successfully Selling The African Destination: The Perspective of Travel Industry. Moderator Fred O. Oladeinde, President the Foundation for Democracy in Africa R-L, Dr. Gaynelle Henderson; Bailey, Henderson Travel & Tours , Nick Fadugba; President and CEO, African Aviation Services, Ltd., Elhadji Abdoul Aziz Gueye; Director, Senegal Tourism Authority.
Closing Session, Anthony D. Okonmah, Executive Director The Foundation for Democracy in Africa to his left Vijay Poonoosamy, VP Ethiard Airways and Summit Chair and to his right Hon. Dennis C Moss, District 9, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.
AfrICA Trade Development Center
Expanding US-Africa Trade by using South Florida as hub (read more)
Luncheon Speaker: Mr. Miguel Southwell Deputy Director Business Retention & Development, Miami Dade Aviation Department
Hon. Dennis C. Moss, District 9, Miami Dade Board of County Commissioners, addressing the Summit
Hon. Carlos A Gimenez , Mayor Miami Dade County, Hon. Dennis C Moss, District 9, Board of County Commissioners, Bill Talbert III, President & CEO GMCVB, Angela Gittens, Director General Airport Council International, Vijay Poonoosamy, VP International and Public Affairs Ethiad Airways, Anthony D. Okonmah, Executive Director FDA, Miguel Southwell Deputy Director Business Retention & Development Miami Dade Aviation Department, Gershwin Blyden, Chairman FDA, Fred O. Oladeinde, President FDA.
Exhibit- Miami International Airport Pavilion
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