On his second visit to the continent as United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Froman will travel to Africa to lead the U.S. Delegation to the 2013 U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, also known as the AGOA Forum. Hosted by the Government of Ethiopia, the Forum will take place August 12-13, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of this year’s AGOA Forum is “Sustainable Transformation through Trade and Technology.”
The Ministerial portion of the Forum (August 12-13), mandated by Congress, will include a high-level dialogue on the future of U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa trade and economic cooperation in the run-up to the current legislation’s expiry in September 2015. The Forum is the only U.S.-African ministerial level event with the continent and provides a unique opportunity for engagement on trade, investment, and development issues with senior officials from the 39 African countries that are currently eligible for benefits under AGOA.
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is the United States’ flagship economic initiative with Sub-Saharan Africa, providing duty-free entry to the United States for nearly 7,000 product lines. The United States is strongly committed to expanding trade and investment, and to supporting broad-based economic opportunity and prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa.