8 June 2012

Africa: Civil Society Leadership Brings Expertise to Agoa Forum, June 12-14

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Women at work in textile factory in Mauritius (file photo).

press release

Washington, DC — The AGOA Forum is the largest event the U. S. government shares with Sub-Saharan Africa nations - bringing together U.S. and African ministers, members of Congress, private sector and civil society representatives. Over the past twelve years, the Forum has evolved to include private sector and civil society groups in the deliberations.

This year, civil society representation will include community development organizations, agricultural and handicraft producers associations, gender-based groups, youth entrepreneurial and environmental groups. Respective civil society committees will draft recommendations to guide AGOA policymakers.

The Civil Society Organization (CSO) Session of the 2012 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum is advancing a robust agenda. Issues spearheaded include expanding Africa's agriculture, public-private partnerships, empowering women and youth as well as sustainable demand for African products in U.S. markets. On Tuesday June 12, opening day activities will take place at the Washington Plaza Hotel and move to the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Brookings Institution on Wednesday, June 13. On June 14, CSOs will present their recommendations to delegates during the AGOA Ministerial Session at the U.S. Department of State.

The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is the cornerstone of U.S. economic engagement with the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. AGOA has succeeded in helping nations grow and diversify their exports to the United States. In 2011, 40 AGOA countries exported $53.7 billion in products to the United States contributing to economic growth for African nations as well as creating new opportunities for American businesses to export U.S. goods and services. For additional information, please visit: http://www.democracy-africa.org/AGOA_Civil_Society_Network.html

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