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AfrICANDO 2015 Trade and Investment Conference and Food and Beverage Show

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

AfrICANDO 2015 Trade and Investment Conference and Food & Beverage Show will bring producers, and exporters and buyers of food and beverages from across Africa and the Americas, including: the Caribbean, South and Latin America, Canada and the United States of America to benefit from a one stop opportunity for ideas, products and business.

Select manufacturers and exporters from Africa will have the opportunity to showcase their products at the Africa Trade Development Center Pavilion (ATDC) during the 19th Americas  Food & Beverage Show and Conference to  more than 10,500 participants.

All registered participants will be accredited to attend the 19th Americas Food and Beverage  (F&B) Show and Conference, as well as, the opportunity to attend all F&B workshops and seminars.

ATDC will organize one-on-one meetings with buyers from across the Americas for select exhibitors and provide follow-up consultations and facilitations beyond the show.  More info!

 

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August 24-27, 2015

Andgondje Friendship Stadiun
Libreville, Gabon

On August 24-27, 2015, the government of Gabon will host the 2015 AGOA Forum in Libreville.  The theme of this year’s Forum is “AGOA at 15: Charting a Course for a Sustainable U.S.- Africa Trade and Investment Partnership.”  Interested stakeholders can find more information or register to participate in the Forum at: http://agoa.ga.

 Download:  CSO Session: 2015 AGOA Forum Agenda 

CSO Session: Doing Business under AGOA

Official International Airline Carrier
of the
CSO Session of the 2015 AGOA Forum

AGOA Forum participants get to enjoy 20% discount on both Business and Economy Class tickets

 


Summer Newsletter

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Spring Conference on
AGOA

AGOA Re-Authorization Beyond 2015:

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

2015 -2106
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

 

Spring Newsletter


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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

Click here to download Summit Program Book!

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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