AGOA Policy Breakfast
On Thursday, April 25, House and Senate Members gathered in the Member’s Room of the Library of Congress for the first in a series of policy breakfasts on Africa-focused issues. The event, titled "Looking back at AGOA's history to inform its future," assembled over 100 representatives from foreign governments, NGOs, the private sector, DC-based think tanks, the White House, the Department of State and USAID. Experts discussed the origins of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and key opportunities and challenges that the U.S. Congress as reauthorization of AGOA nears. AGOA, our nation’s lead trade arrangement with African nations, helped create hundreds of thousands of jobs, develop and strengthen new business sectors and lift millions out of poverty. Featured guests included CEO and President of the Whitaker Group Rosa Whitaker, Former USTR for Africa and Hill Staffer Steve McDonald of the prestigious Wilson Center, President and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa Stephen Hayes and His Excellency Ambassador Soborun of the Republic of Mauritius.