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The Strategic Importance of AGOA's Renewal: A Discussion with African Trade Ministers

The Woodrow Wilson Center, in partnership with African Union Mission, hosts the African Union ministerial delegation in a discussion on the strategic importance of AGOA, its timely re-authorization, and its role in the economic transformation and deepening the regional integration of the continent.

Date & Time

Jan. 22, 2015
4:30pm – 5:30pm ET


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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A high level African Union Trade Ministerial delegation is visiting Washington, DC to consult with the U.S. Administration, Congress, and key stakeholders on the re-authorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Please join us as the Woodrow Wilson Center, in partnership with African Union Mission, hosts the Honorable Ministers on Thursday, January 22nd from 4:30-5:30pm in the Wilson Center 6th Floor Auditorium for a panel discussion on the timely re-authorization of AGOA, and its strategic importance in the economic transformation and regional integration of the continent. A reception will follow the event in the Dining Room.

Speakers include:

Honorable Sekh’ulumi Ntsoaole, Minister of Trade and Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing, Lesotho

Honorable Gabriel Tchango, Minister of Trade, Small and Medium Size Enterprises, Handicrafts and the Development of Services, Gabon

Honorable Etienne Ghislain Sinatambou, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mauritius

Ms. Florizelle Liser, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, Office of the United States Trade Representative

Mr. Stephen Lande, President, Manchester Trade Limited, Inc.

AGOA is the cornerstone policy instrument for U.S-Sub-Sahara trade and economic relations. Its timely re-authorization before it expires in September 2015, would convey a strong signal of confidence to African partners and to the U.S. business community as well as ensure that trade with the U.S. takes place in predictable, reliable and legally secure basis. The  first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit and the AGOA Forum, held in August 2014 underscored particularly the commitment of the U.S Administration for a seamless renewal of AGOA as well as  the importance of increasing its utilization by African countries.


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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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