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About the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a trade mechanism that was passed by the US Government in 2000 to encourage US-Africa trade.
AGOA currently provides the 40 AGOA-eligible countries with:
- Most liberal access to US markets for any country or region without at free trade agreement
- Reinforced Africa reform and development efforts
- Access to US credit and technical expertise
Eligibility for AGOA was designed to reward and provide incentives for Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries that are making progress in political and economic reforms.
Each SSA country’s performance is assessed using the following criteria:
- Establishment of market based economies
- Development of political pluralism and the rule of law
- Elimination of barriers to US trade and investment
- Protection of intellectual property rights
- Efforts to combat corruption
- Policies to reduce poverty and increase access to health care and education
- Protection of human rights and worker rights
- Elimination of certain child labor practices
By creating tangible incentives for African countries to implement economic and commercial reform policies, AGOA contributes to better market opportunities and stronger commercial partners in Africa for US companies.
AGOA should help forge stronger commercial ties between African countries and the United States, while it helps to integrate Africa into the global economy. US firms may find new opportunities in privatizations of African state-owned enterprises, or in partnership withAfrican companies in infrastructure projects. US firms can also benefit by forming joint ventures with African or other firms to take advantage of AGOA benefits.
April 16-17, 2015
Washington, DC, USA
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2015 AGOA FOURM
August 24-27, 2015
"AGOA at 15: Charting a Course
for a Sustainable U.S.- Africa Trade
and Investment Partnership"
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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,
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
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.
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.
Click here to read the Spring Newsletter!
Mancham Joins Campaign Urging Senate
the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
It is announced from Glacis-sur-Mer that
founding President James R. Mancham has agreed to join the AGOA (African Growth
and Opportunity Act), a civil society organization Network Letter Campaign for
the timely reauthorization of AGOA with the US government.
is to be noted that AGOA has been in operation since 2000 with a view to
improve US-Africa trade and economic cooperation and that the Act is about to
letter to which Sir James has agreed to be a co-signatory will be sent to the
Chairs and ranking members of the Ways and Means committee of the US Senate
Finance and Foreign Relations committee and is self-explanatory and reads as
Ryan and Ranking Member Sander Levin,
We, the members
of the AGOA Civil Society Network, are writing to urge you to support a
seamless and expeditious renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act
(AGOA), slated to expire on September 30, 2015. Passed by Congress and signed
into law by President Clinton in 2000, with successive amendments by President
George W. Bush in 2002 and 2004, AGOA now provides duty-free access to 40
countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for 6,800 products. This first-ever trade
measure has historically benefited from bipartisan support in addition to
strengthening U.S. relations with African nations and fostering vital economic
growth both here and on the continent. We
specifically request the following actions:
Read full release!
AGOA CSO Session of the 13th AGOA Forum (click here!)
AGOA CSO Session
Position Paper on Enhancing EAC-U.S.Trade and Investment Relationship under a
New Post-2015 AGOA Program (click here!)
AFL-CIO • SOLIDARITY CENTER Paper
Building a Strategy for Workers’ Rights and Inclusive Growth—
A New Vision for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
Civil Society Session of the 13th AGOA Forum
August 1 - 2 , 2014
FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor
The theme of the 2014 CSO Session of the US-Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation is:
AGOA: "Re-Authorization beyond 2015"
Please note: that this last opportunity to discuss, and come up with written recommendations for presentation to the Ministerial Session 05 August 2014, before the pending expiration of AGOA in 2015. During the August 1-2, 2014 CSO Session, we will dis cuss the following:
- The futue of US-Africa trade and investment under AGOA;
- The extension of AGOA beyond 2015; and
- The role of civil society organizations on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean regading legislative policy reform in supporting regional integration in Africa and trade expansion between the US and Africa
Friday, August 1, 2014
7:30 am - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast and
8:00 am – 9:15 am Opening
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Assistant Secretary, Bureau for
African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Assistant U. S. Trade Representative for Africa, Office of the U.S.
Dr. Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana to the U.S.
Shari Berenbach, President and CEO, U.S. African
Development Foundation (ADF)
Patrick Fine, Chief Executive Officer, FHI 360
Textiles and Apparel
Regional Integration and Trade Facilitation
SME-- Capacity Building
Infrastructure and Transportation Linkages
Eligibility Criteria and Reforms
12:30 pm -1:45 pm Luncheon
Hon. Dr. Arvin Boolell Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional
Integration and International Trade, Mauritius
Rev. David Beckman, President, Bread for the World
Eric R. Biel, Associate Deputy Undersecretary,
Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S.
Department of Labor
Saturday, August 2, 2014
8:00 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast and Networking
9:00 am – 10:15 am Civil Society Organization Roundtable on
10:30 am – 11:30 am Rapporteurs Provide Update from Day One
of the CSO Session
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Recommendations/Communiqué and Press
7:00 - 10:00 pm Saturday, August 2, 2014 - The Washington Plaza Hotel
Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department, of State
Press Accreditation Form
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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
AGOA Civil Society Forum
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Presented to 12th AGOA Ministerial Session
12th August 2013
African Union Commission Conference Center
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Registration ends July 31, 2013!!!
Ambassador Michael Froman
Michael Froman was sworn in as the 11th United States Trade Representative (USTR) on June 21, 2013. As USTR, he is President Obama’s principal advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on international trade and investment issues (Read more).
U.S. Congress Approves Extension of AGOA Third Country Fabric Provision
August 2, 2012, Washington, DC - The United States Congress voted, today, to renew the third country fabric provision (TCF) of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) beyond September 30, 2012 to September 30, 2015. The legislation will now head to President Barack Obama’s desk, where he is expected to promptly sign it into law.
This action is expected to impede the sharp decline in factory orders for exports of African apparel under AGOA, as well as, the loss of thousands of jobs in the United States and AGOA eligible countries. (click here to read more)
2012 AGOA Forum
U.S.-sub-Saharan African Trade and Economic Investment
“Enhancing Africa’s Infrastructure for Trade”
June 14-15, 2012
Agenda for Ministerial Session (click here)
Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau
of African Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State
Fred Oladeinde, Chair, AGOA Civil Society Working Group, and
during a Reception at the Department of State on the occasion of the 2012 AGO Forum
11th Civil Society Organization Session
2012 AGOA Forum
June 12 - 15, 2012
CSO Communique (click here!)
Speeches and Presentations from the CSO Session of the 2012 AGOA Forum
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Washington Plaza Hotel
Tomicah Tillemann, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, U.S. Dept of State
Dennis Matanda, The Africa Maven Group
Gregory R. Gajewski, Vice President, Economic Development, The Louis Berger Group, Inc.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Woodrow Wilson Center
Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State
David Beckman, President, Bread for the World
Rahama Wright, Chief Executive Officer, SheaYeleen International, Inc.
Thomas Debass, Director for Global Partnerships, U. S. Department of State
Elizabeth A. Vazquez, President and CEO, WEConnect International Washington, DC, USA
Eniola Mafe, Program Manager, Vital Voices Partnership
AGO Civil Society Planning Committee Meetings
March 16, 2012 Meeting Notes
February 17, 2012 Meeting Notes
AGOA Civil Society Working Group
2012 AGOA CSO Session
African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum:
"A Decade of Progress in Bridging the US -African Trade Gap"
July 29 -30, 2011
The Secretariat for the AGOA Civil Society Network, (AGOA CSO Network) actively participated in AGO committee planning meetings in Washington, DC with key US and Zambian government officials, and civil society and private sector leaders to discuss arrangements for the civil society, private sector and ministerial elements of the 2011 Forum. Additionally, the Secretariat was also been engaged in planning meetings with members of the Zambian civil society via conference calls and direct video conferences.
The civil society and private sector sessions of the AGOA Forum took place June 8, 2011, the ministerial session took place June 9-10, 2011, and the African Women's Entrepreneurship Program, (AWEP) introduced last year also took place on June 8, 2011.
10th Annual AGOA Forum
Mulungushi International Conference Centre
Civil Society Session
June 8, 2011
Click here to read the Civil Society Communique
The AGOA Civil Society Communiqué was presented to the 2011 AGO Ministerial Forum by Fred Oladeinde, President of The Foundation for Democracy in Africa, and Chairman of the AGOA Civil Society Network; and Vladimir Chilinya, Coordinator, Center for Global Dialogue
Private Sector Session
June 8, 2011
Click here to read the Private Sector Communique
Speeches from the 8th AGOA Forum in Nairobi, Kenya
His Excellency Honorable Mwai Kibaki, President, Republic of Kenya
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Rt. Honorable Raila Odinga, Prime Minister, Republic of Kenya
2011 CIVIL SOCIETY PROCEEDINGS (click here!)
2011 SUCCESS STORIES COMPENDIUM
2010 CIVIL SOCIETY PROCEEDINGS (click here!)
2010 SUCCESS STORIES COMPENDIUM
Africa's Trade Profile
Guide to US GovernmentTrade and Resources (1)
Guide to US Government Trade and Investment Resources (2)
AGOA Panel Management Guidelines
Rapporteur Guidelines for State
Zambia served as the host for the 10thAnnual AGO Forum. The forum took place in Lusaka, June 8 - 10, 2011. The theme of this year's forum was "Enhanced Trade through Increased Competiveness, Value Addition, and Deeper Regional Integration," and the event brought together civil society, and public and private sector leaders to examine ways to enhance AGOA's effectiveness.