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Day I: African Growth and Opportunity Act Civil Society Forum 2010 "A Decade of Progress in Bridging the U.S.-Africa Trade Gap"

The Africa Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, together with the U.S. Civil Society Coalition for African Trade and Investment, Manchester Trade, the U.S. Department of State, and the Shell Corporation are pleased to invite you to the AGOA Civil Society Forum of 2010. This forum will examine the involvement of civil society in the creation and implementation of AGOA and discussing the recommendations made by civil society forums over the years.

Date & Time

Jul. 29, 2010
8:15am – 5:00pm

Day I: African Growth and Opportunity Act Civil Society Forum 2010 "A Decade of Progress in Bridging the U.S.-Africa Trade Gap"

Please see the attached documents below for both the notes on the proceedings of the event and the powerpoint presentations made over the two days.

Thursday, July 29

8:15 – 8:45am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30am Welcome and Introduction of Speaker, Steve McDonald, Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
Keynote Speaker: Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Senate Foreign Relations Committee

9:30 – 11:00am Panel I: Civil Society and AGOA: 2000-2010
Gregory Simpkins, Vice President, Leon H. Sullivan Foundation,
M. Ayoma Matunga, SODNET, Kenya
Moderator: Fred Oladeinde, President, Foundation for Democracy in Africa

11:00am Coffee Break

11:15am – 12:30pm Panel II: Energizing AGOA Agriculture Trade
Craig Fedchock, Director, International Capacity Development, Plant Protection and Quarantine, APHIS/USDA,
David Skully, Ph.D., Agricultural economist, formerly with the USDA's Economic Research Service,
Richard Pasco, J.D, M.S., Counselor to farm organizations and food companies on agriculture and trade legislation, regulations and policy approaches.
Moderator: Patrick Wilson, Ph.D., Administrator, BIG-Africa Partnership Secretariat

12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch with Keynote Speaker: William Fitzgerald, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs*

2:15 – 3:30pm Panel III: AGOA and the Importance of Infrastructure, Supply Chains and Regional Integration
Dr. Gregory Gajewski, Vice President for Economic Development, The Louis Berger Group, Inc.,
Richard Tracy, Director of International Programs, The Global Cold Chain Alliance,
Jim Thaller, Managing Director, Thaller Trading Group, Inc.
Moderator: Katrin Kuhlmann, Resident Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

3:30pm Coffee Break

3:45 – 5:00pm Panel IV: The Impact of Trade on African Societies
Emira Woods, Director, Foreign Policy in Focus, Institute for Policy Studies,
Lawrencia Adams-Simpson, Team Leader, Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme,
Elizabeth Sichinga, Zambia NGO Coordinating Committee,
Moderator: David Saunders, Vice President, Constituency for Africa

5:30 – 7:00pm AGOA Civil Society Forum Reception Speaker: Congressman Ed Royce, House Foreign Affairs Committee


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Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more


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