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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

Letter Writing Campaign to Re-Authorize 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 impcortant issue. To follow up with a committee member, click on the Committee, and follow the link to the committe members' website.

Spring Conference

AGOA Re-Authorization Beyond 2015:

Perspectives from Africa and the US

April 16-17, 2015
Washington, DC, USA

Click here for more info, and to register!


Spring Newswletter

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August 24 -27, 2015


Theme: "AGOA at 15: Charting a Course
for a Sustainable U.S.- Africa Trade
and Investment Partnership"

For additional info click here!

“Strengthening 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

AGENDA (click here!)

PROGRAM BOOK (download here!)

AfrICANDO 2014 Trade and Investment Conference and Trade Show will bring buyers, producers and exporters of food and beverages from across Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Canada, and the United States.

Select manufacturers 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.  

Check out the 18th Americas Food and Beverage Show

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss addresses delegates during AfrICANDO 2014

Chris Mangos, MIA; and Eric Olafson, PortMiami






Civil Society Session of the 13th AGOA Forum

AGOA: "Re-Authorization beyond 2015"

August 1-2, 2014


 FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009


AGOA Civil Society Session
of the 13th AGOA Forum


AGOA CSO Session
Program Book

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary, Bureau for African Affiars, US Dept. of State addresses  participants during African Leaders Summit


            May 20 -22, 2014
  Miami Airport Convention Center 


Click here to download Summit Program Book



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




AfrICANDO 2013
AfrICANDO 2013

Using the ATDC to Strengthen  the Supply Chain for African Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises

in the Americas"

Trade Expo

(download the program)

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

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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

Press Release

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


To read Mr. Oladeinde' S Remarks (click here)


AGOA Civil Society Forum

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Presented to 12th AGOA Ministerial Session


12th August 2013

African Union Commission Conference Center

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

H.E. Kebede Chane, Minister of Trade of the FDRE during the Joint Opening Session of Civil Society, the Private Sector, and AWEP


To Read H.E.Chane's Opening Remarks (click here!)

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman during the Opening Session of the AGOA Forum

Michael Froman's Speech

Gebremedhine Dagaga, Director, Ethiopia Consumer Protection Agency delivering the CSO Communiqué to the Ministerial Session of the 2013 AGOA Forum

Opening Remarks by H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the FDRE

Opening Statement  by H.E. Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission (On behalf of H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AUC)


Achieving an African Green Growth through Trade and Technology: Focus on Renewable Resources,  Presented by: Vicky B. McPherson, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP


Attracting Emigrant Investments - Presented by: Carlos Rocha, Ph.D, Executive Board Member Cape Verde Investment Promotion Agency


Panelists for Session II  of the CSO Session of the 2013 AGOA Forum




Donald E. Booth, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia addressing CSO Delegates during the AGOA Forum


Ambassador Conteh of Sierra Leone addresses "Doing Businesss in Africa" participants (Click here to read Amb. Conteh's Speech).


Ambassor Conteh; Terry Jaramillo, Managing Director, Capital Interfunding Inc.; Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA


Join Us on July 25th, 2013 for the ATDC Seminar Series…

"Doing Business in Africa"

Investment Opportunities in West Africa with a focus  on Sierra Leone
Networking Opportunity followed by
Complimentary South African Wine Tasting


Expanding your business?  Africa…the new frontier!!! This   seminar includes a distinguished panel of local, national and international experts on trade and investment in West Africa


 H.E. Alhadji Ibrahim Sonie Conteh, Ambassador, and Deputy Chief        of Mission

Embassy of Sierra Leone to the United States

             Keynote Speaker

Read More (click here!)

                    Space Limited, Register Now!

Vice-Mayor Bettina Rodriguez -Aguilera, City of Doral; and Anthony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC during the Doing Business in Africa Seminar Series at the Africa Trade Development Center
"Doing Business in Africa" Seminar Series Participants

Hon. Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor, Miami Dade County Florida giving the Welcoming Remarks and declaring the Summit open

(Click here for remarks)

Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International  Affairs, US Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary     giving the Keynote Address.


Gershin Blyden MD, PhD Chairman The Foundation for Democracy in Africa (FDA), welcoming participants to the Summit

(click to read remarks)


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

Africa Partnership

(Click here to read the Summit Book)

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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Ongoing programs include FDA's Institute for Democracy in Africa, the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Civil Society Network, FDA's annual AfrICANDO conference as well as the biannual US-Africa Air Transportation Summit among others.
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