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 AfrICANDO 2015   

Keynote Speaker:  AfrICANDO 2015   

AEE Act of 2015: Strengthening the Supply Chain for African Ethnic Foods, Spices and Beverages in the Americas”

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Keynote Speaker
H.E. Ambassador Mninwa J. Mahlangu
Ambassador of the Republic of south Africa to the United States

It is indeed a great pleasure for me and my team to be in this great city of Miami, the gateway to the Americas, at the invitation of the conveners of the 17th AfriCANDO 2015 Trade and Investment Conference. This Conference takes place at a critical juncture in the Africa-U.S. trade relations, following the renewal of AGOA, way ahead of the deadline of September 2015 for a period of 10 years up to 2025.

The policy objective of AGOA is to provide eligible African countries with access to the U.S. market by encouraging reforms of Africa’s economic and commercial regimes, based on shared values; develop stronger markets in Africa; increase intra –Africa trade; and foster regional integration. Download Ambassador Mahlangu's Speech

Honorable Florizelle "Florie" Liser,  Assistant U.S. Trade Representative  for Africa, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President addresses delegates during AfrICANDO 2015

Fred Oladeinde, Chair, AGOA Civil Society Network Secretariat, and Chantal Paraiso, Chairwoman, Gabonese Civil Society address the  Joint Opening Ceremony of the AGOA Forum

2015 AGOA Forum
August 24-27, 2015
Andgondje Friendship Stadiun
Libreville, Gabon

The Civil Society Organization Session of the 2015 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum took place August 24-25, 2015, at the Andgondje Friendship Stadium, Libreville, Gabon. The theme of this year’s event was “AGOA at 15: Civil Society Organizations Working to Chart a Course for Sustainable U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Partnership. The CSO session of the 14th AGOA Forum brought together more than 150 delegates from the United States and AGOA eligible countries to address the following issues:

  • AGOA Annual Country Review for Eligibility Compliance, Sec. 105. Monitoring and review of eligibility
  • Trade Facilitation, and Transportation Linkages: Vehicles for Enhancing Competitiveness
  • AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015: Opportunities & Challenges
  • Textiles and Apparel: Optimizing Third Country Fabric Provision
  • Mentoring and Leadership Development for Women and for Young Entrepreneurs
  • Strengthening Micro Small Medium Enterprise Value Chain


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CSO Session: Communique

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs provides Keynote Remarks during the Joint Opening Session of the 2015 AGOA Forum.

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2015 AGOA Forum

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Spring Conference on

AGOA Re-Authorization Beyond 2015:

Prespectives from Africa and the US
April 16-17, 2015
Washington, DC, USA

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AGOA CSO Secretariat Chairman's Advisory Board Members (click here!)

Luncheon Agenda (click here!)

Panel Discussion: The Role of the Diaspora in the Implementation
of AGOA at the World Bank (click here!)

AGOA Spring Conference Photos

     OP Ed by Fred Oladeinde

 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, 2015.

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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   Letter Writing Campaign for the ReAuthorization                                   of AGOA

Members of the AGOA CSO Network were on Capitol Hill this
week delivering letters  to  members of the
Committee on Ways,
and Means,
and the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the House side, and the  Foreign Relations and Finance Committee on the Senate side. The letters were delivered to 127 members of Congress. Click here to view the letter.


Thanks again to all  of you that supported us in this effort by adding your voice to this important issue. To follow up with a committee member, click on the Committee, and follow the link to the committee members' website.


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Tony Okonmah, FDA; Dr. Gerswhin Blyden, Chairman, FDA; Desmond Alufohai, International Trade Coordinator, Economic Development & International Trade Unit, Miami-Dade County; Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, Vice Mayor,  City of Doral, Florida; and Fred Oladinde, FDA

Tony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC; Goodwell Dingaan, Director: Resource Benefication, Economic Development and Toursim, Wester Cape Government, South Africa; Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA at the 18th Americas Food and Beverage Show

Florida Governor Rick Scott presents ATDC officials: Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA (right), and Tony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC (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

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss addresses delegates during
AfrICANDO 2014

May 20-24, 2014
Miami Airport Covention Center

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Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA addresses Summit delegates. Seated on the dais: Honorable Oumar Gueye,  Minister of Tourism & Air Transportation;  William “Bill” Talbert, CEO, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; Honorable Dennis C. Moss, Commissioner(Dist. 9),  and Chairman, Transportation and Aviation  Committee,  Miami-Dade County; Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez CEO and Director of Aviation, Miami-Dade Aviation Department; Barry E. Johnson, President/CEO, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; Larry K. Williams, President/CEO; The Beacon Council, and Juan Kuryla, Director, PortMiami

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 during 2014 USAfrica Air Transportation Summit

Babacar Beye, Chief, Senegal Economic Bureau, Washington, DC; Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez CEO and Director of Aviation, Miami-Dade Aviation Department; Honorable Dennis C. Moss, Commissioner(Dist. 9), and Chairman, Transportation & Aviation  Committee,  Miami-Dade County;  Honorable Oumar Gueye,  Minister of Tourism & Air Transportation; Juan Kuryla, Director, PortMiami; Aminata  Dia, Expert Economist, Senegal; and members of the Senegalese delegation




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