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The 5th Annual AGOA Spring Conference took place April 10 -11, 2019 in Washington, DC . Day-one was held at the Embassy of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, and day- two took place on Capitol Hill. The theme of this year’s conference was “AGOA: Advancing Mutual Prosperity through Trade and Economic Cooperation.”
The AGOA Spring Conference is a precursor to the CSO/AWEP Session of the US-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum commonly know as the AGOA Forum, and serves as a vehicle for galvanizing support for the AGOA Forum. Civil society organizations, government officials, chambers of commerce and small and medium sized enterprises from throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the United States attended this highly successful event.



ATDC promotes, and facilitates trade between Africa, the US, and the Americas. Located in the Miami Free Zone, a fully functioning trade hub to the Americas; ATDC provides technical assistance, and distribution support for export ready micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from AGOA eligible countries. ATDC also serves as a trade resource center for small businesses interested in expanding trade between the US and emerging markets in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. MSMEs on our on-line portal are doing extraordinary things to uplift their communities. Let's support them - Shop

 Using AGOA to Create Job Opportunities and Expand US -Africa Trade


This December, the Africa Trade Development Center (ATDC), received its first shipment of products from Africa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). These quality, hand crafted products are available on, and are being shipped across the US and the Americas, directly from the ATDC in Miami, Florida, USA.
AfrICANDO MALL is your on-line shopping MALL experience, offering quality products and services from across Africa and the Americas!

The Can Do spirit of the producers and service providers selected for this site manifests itself in the authentic, unique, and high quality products offered on our portal. The people that create these products are doing extraordinary things to empower their communities, and expand cultural ties and trade with the United States, and other nations in the Americas.

We only carry brands from companies that are designed with your specific needs in mind, and dedicated to your satisfaction. ATDC stands behind the reputation and quality of each member STORE!

Shop, now thru May 31, 2019, and receive 20% off your first order, plus. free shipping on orders over $75.00

AGOA CSO Network

The AGOA Civil Society Network is a consortium of non-governmental organizations, (NGOs) and other groups in the United States and Africa working to facilitate the successful application of the AGOA trade bill for the benefit of small business in the US, and Africa.

The Network was established by the 102 member organizations from the United States, Mauritius, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Namibia, Mali, Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of Congo that were in attendance during the AGOA Civil Society Forum on January 17, 2003, in Phoenix, Mauritius.

The AGOA CSO Network's focus is on increasing the volume and quality of African exports under AGOA and educating stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean on this trade policy and its advantages.

Become part of the solution by joining, today! click here!!!

Our heartfelt thanks to those of you that have already joined and or renewed your
membership!!! We appreciate you and your support!

Africa Femmes Perfomantes
Business Inspiring Women Conference
March 28 -31, 2019

Africa Femmes Performantes hosted their 10th Edition of the Business Inspiring Women Conference. The event took place March 28 -31, 2019, at the Tommy Douglas Center in Silver Spring, MD. The theme of this year's event was: Let’s put our power together as a CATALYST for investing to grow Business: When Women act….the World changes!

The event was a resounding success! Our Chairman, Fred Oladeinde was a featured speaker during the conference. Click here to view his speech and pictures from the event.

OPENING REMARKS: Mr. Fred Oladeinde, Chair AGOA CSO Network Secretariat 

Senegal President Macky Sall Officially Wins Re-Election

(CNN) Senegalese President Macky Sall has been officially re-elected to a second term in office after the country's constitutional council confirmed his win in the February 24 elections with 58% of the vote.

Provisional results announced by Senegal's electoral commission last week showed that Sall, a former prime minister, gained more than 50% of the vote to avoid a run-off election.

Candidates in Senegal's presidential polls are required to secure more than 50% of the vote tally in the first round to be declared winner.

Sall, who first came to power in 2012 after defeating incumbent Abdoulaye Wade, defeated four challengers including Idrissa Seck, another former prime minister, and Ousmane Sonko, a former tax officer who ran on the promise of ending significant colonial-era ties to France.

"This renewed trust motivates me to work twice as hard, to do more and better," Sall tweeted Tuesday after confirmation of his victory.


Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Re-Elected for Second Four-Year Term


On Wednesday, February 27th the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) certified the re-election of Mr. Muhammadu Buhari. Professor Yakubu, acting as the Returning Officer of the Election presented the Certificate of Return to President Buhari


Professor Mahmood Yakubu
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)


Abuja, Nigeria (CNN) Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has been declared winner of the country's elections, according to the electoral commission who said he polled 56 percent of the votes.

Buhari, who first came to power in 2015 after defeating then-incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, defeated his main challenger Atiku Abubakar by a margin of nearly four million votes in results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), in Abuja, Nigeria's capital.  

Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed 15,191,847 (56%) while Abubakar received 11,262,978 (41%) of votes in the weekend election, according to the commission, which finished counting state-by-state results on Tuesday.

 "The new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption," Buhari said after his victory was officially announced.

The AGOA CSO Network Secretariat, congratulates President Muhammadu Buhari, on his electoral victory, and hereby expresses our commitment to working with his Administration in putting in place an AGOA Country Strategy for Nigeria that is designed to optimize the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), strengthen the capacity of Nigeria’s SMEs, create good paying jobs for its youth and advance economic growth and development in Nigeria -Africa’s largest economy.

Upcoming Events

2019 AGOA CSO Spring Conference

The 5th Annual AGOA Spring Conference will take place April 10 -11, 2018 in Washington, DC. Day-one is being held at the Embassy of the Republic of Cote d' Ivoire, and day- two will take place on Capitol Hill.

The event will feature high-level speakers from US and African institutions, civil society, the private sector, and others committed to expanding US Africa trade and economic cooperation.

Registration for the event is open to the general public and everyone is invited to attend.

Click here to REGISER!!!

21st Annual AfrICANDO
A US-Africa Trade &
Investment Conference & Trade Show
October 16-18, 2019
Miami, Florida, USA


Click Here to View our Full 2019 AGOA-CSO Newsletter!

(Translatable to the language of your choice with Google translate tool, located at the top of the webpage.)

Trump Administration's Strategy on Africa
[Click to View Full Document]


The Africa Trade Development Center
is Proud to Announce
Africando 2018 & The Launch of the Africandomall

Africa Trade Development Center, Cargo Express and HUBB UCS leadership   recently at Cargo Express facilities discussing logistics and fulfillment for the 2018 holiday season

Fred Oladeinde President, Tony Okonmah of ATDC with Jose Matto President and Abdellatif Bedier of HUBB-UCS at recent meeting at the ATDC facilities in Miami on 2018 holiday seasons

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez
Delivered Opening Remarks at the
20th Annual AfrICANDO!

[click  to view official remarks]


Florida's Most Senior U.S. Representative
Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen receives the
Foundation for Democracy in Africa's Medal Of Glory

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez
County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss

Emily Mchugh, International Trade Consultant,
Florida SBDC at Indian River State College,
gives lecture on how to properly price your
products for sale on the International Market.



AfrICANDO 2018 [GALLERY]  -   Making Technology Work for African MSMEs, Globally



Click Here to View All AfrICANDO 2018 Photos 

Join US in celebrating our 20th US-Africa Trade and Investment Conference and Trade Show- AfrICANDO 2018.  The focus of AfrICANDO 2018 is Making Technology Work for MSMEs, Globally. AfrICANDO 2018 will feature an Expo, Workshops, B2B Matchmaking, and an Awards Gala.

A highlight of the event is the launching our highly anticipated digital marketplace.  The AfrICANDO Digital Marketplace is your gateway to markets across the 54 countries of Africa, as well as, the Western Hemisphere, and Europe.  Our AfrICANDO Digital Marketplace establishes Un World, One click, and the technology is designed  to assist MSMEs in:

Reaching new markets 
Expanding your distributor network 
Growing your export sales 
Generating end client inquiries
Managing your brand globally
Increasing your product/service visibility
Measuring and managing your success
Improving productivity and profitability

September 25-28, 2018 
DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center
Miami, Florida, USA

Download the Schedule for AfrICANDO 2018

Download the Sponsorship Package for AfrICANDO

Register, today!  Only 4 Royal, and 8 Deluxe Pavilions available

All Exhibitors need to Register, and Pay for Exhibit Space by June 30, 2018

REGISTER HERE for Conference/Trade Show

REGISTER HERE for Golf Tournament 

4th Annual AGOA CSO Network Spring Conference

The 4th Annual AGOA Spring Conference took place April 18 -19, 2018 in Washington, DC, at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on Capitol Hill.  The conference focused on President Trump’s policy on Africa; and included a review of the Administration’s recent visit to Africa; trade numbers for AGOA over the past twelve months under the Trump administration; and discussed the opportunity that bi annual AGOA Utilization Strategies offer eligible Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries for increasing exports and advancing economic cooperation under AGOA.

A highlight of the event was a visit by members of the AGOA CSO Network with Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; and a Congressional Exchange on the legislative agenda for AGOA on April 19th on Capitol Hill.

During the Congressional Exchange, Network members participated in a discussion on AGOA with:

Angela Ellard, Chief Trade Counsel Ways & Means Committee and Trade Subcommittee Staff Director of the U.S. House of Representatives
Joshua Snead, Trade Counsel to the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives
Katherine Tai, Chief Trade Counsel, Democratic Staff, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means
Katherine F. White, Brookings Legis Congressional Fellow, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means

Download the Agenda for the Spring Confernece

Download the Communique 

Download the Spring Newsletter

19th Annual AfrICANDO Trade & Investment Conference/Trade Show

Supply Chain Development and Competitiveness under AGOA

Handi-Crafts, Spices and Ethnic Food Trade Show for SMEs
2nd Track for Port Directors on Supply Chain and Port Security

September 20-23, 2017
Miami, Florida, USA

Download Communique from AfrICANDO 

Opening Ceremony for AfrICANDO 2017 


Hon. Dennis c. Moss, Commissioner, Miami Dade County; Mr. C.D. Glin, President & CEO, US Africa Development Foundation (USADF)

Tony Okonmah, Fred Oladeinde, C. D. Glin, Juan Kuryla, and  Emilio T. González


Gerard Philippeaux,Strategic Initiatives Manager, PortMiami, and George M. Politakis, Supervisor U.S. Border & Customs Protection, Department of Homeland Security

Luncheon Speakers  

Becky NortonDunlop, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow, Policy Promotion, The Heritage Foundation 

 Kim E. Petersen, President  Security Dynamics, LLC.

3rd Annual AGOA CSO Network
Spring Conference
The 3rd Annual AGOA Civil Society Organization Network Spring Conference under the theme “The Future of AGOA under the Trump Administration and 115th Congress of the United States” took place on April 20, 2017 at the Embassy of the Republic of Senegal, in Washington DC, and on April 21, 2017 in the historic Library of the House Ways and Means Committee in the Longworth House Office Building, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC.

The event brought together Ambassadors representing AGOA eligible countries,  leaders from civil society,  government, business,  members of the press from the USA and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and a Cabinet Minister to focus on how civil society organizations can support government and business in reversing the current trend of declining US-Africa trade volume and economic engagement and strengthen the implementation of AGOA with the view of creating sorely needed good paying  jobs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean under the Trump administration. Download Communique including Recommendations here!   Download Communique including Recommendations here!


AGOA Civil Society/AWEP Session
 of the
 16th AGOA Forum
Lome, Togo

Presented to 16th AGOA Ministerial Session

The Civil Society Organization and African Women Entrepreneurs (AWEP) Session of the 2017 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum took place on August 7-10, under the Theme “Civil Society and AWEP Using AGOA
to Build Prosperity by 2025” The Session was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel and the ECOWAS Building in Lomé, Togo.

 The CSO/AWEP Session of the 16th AGOA Forum brought together more than 200 delegates from the United States and AGOA eligible countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa to address the following issues:

  • AGOA Country Utilization Strategy
  • AGOA Eligibility Criteria
  • Infrastructure and Transportation Linkages to Make AGOA Products Competitive
  • Using Fair Trade to Promote AGOA Exports for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
  • Using Micro, Small, and Medium Sized Enterprises to Strengthen Regional Integration
  • AGOA Challenges, Best Practices and the Way Forward

Download the Communique & Recommendations

Fred O. Oladeinde
 Chair, AGOA Civil Society Network Secretariat
Remarks during Opening Ceremony

Becky Norton Dunlop
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow, Policy Promotion, The Heritage Foundation

Welcome Remarks

For additional information including presentations from the event, visit

Exhibits and Fashion   


Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro, Vice Mayor, Miami Gardens, and Delegates during the Reception/Fashion for AfrICANDO2017

AfrICANDO 2017


Making the Case for AGOA:

Why AGOA is Good for America

 Donald J. Trump
President of the United States   

Mike Pence
Vice President of the United States

All the eyes and ears of advocates for strong trade, investment and cultural cooperation between the United States and Africa are focused on President Donald J. Trump and his cabinet in anticipation of the Trump Administration’s unfolding of its economic and diplomatic policy towards Africa. 

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), provides for duty-free treatment for nearly 6800 goods from eligible Sub-Saharan African countries. First signed into law in 2000, AGOA remains the cornerstone of U.S. relations with the countries of Sub-Sahara Africa. AGOA has helped increased two-way trade and strengthened economic cooperation and cultural ties between Sub-Saharan African countries and the United States over the last sixteen years.

On June 25, 2015, the 114th Congress, with bi-partisan support, passed the Trade Preferences Extension Act (TPEA) of 2015 which extended AGOA through FY 2025 and the Generalized Systems of Preferences (GSP) through 2017.  

According to the United States Trade Representative, in 2015, the United States had $37 billion in total (two way) goods trade with Sub-Saharan countries.   U.S. goods exports to Sub-Saharan Africa amounted to $17.8 billion, representing 1.2% of total U.S. goods exported that year; and U.S goods imports from Sub-Saharan Africa totaled $18.9 billion, representing 0.8% of total goods imported in 2015.  And U.S. export of goods to Sub-Saharan Africa countries supported an estimated 121,000 jobs in 2014, according to the U. S. Department of Commerce.

The ten year renewal of AGOA through 2025, provides the Trump Administration with a platform for using the power of Civil Society on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in creating the predictable and sustainable environment required for U.S companies to make long term investments in Africa by using the unilateral eligibility criteria enshrined in the AGOA Act; and working with African countries to establish bi- lateral Free Trade Agreements or regional trade agreements to better strengthen trade, economic and cultural ties.

Global security front, the U.S. through the United States Africa Command (U.S. AFRICOM) is partnering with the Sub-Saharan African  countries in “disrupting and neutralizing transnational threats, protecting U.S. personnel and facilities, and preventing and mitigating conflicts.”  U.S. AFRICOM is one of six of the U.S. Defense Department’s geographical combatant commands, and is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for military relations with African nations. AFRICOM collaborates with the 38 African countries and other key African posts by building African partner’s defense capability and capacity in order to promote regional security, stability and prosperity.

By 2060, Africa’s population is projected to reach 2.8 billion from the current 1.26 billion; currently sixty percent of the population is below the age of 35, and Africa’s middle class is growing. The region is strategically important to the United States because of its huge reserve of strategic and precious metals; crude oil; arable land; industrialization and innovative technology; and potential as a destination for U.S.  investment, tourism and cultural exchanges. A non- stop flight from Dakar, Senegal to Miami, Florida, (the U.S. Gateway to the Western Hemisphere), takes approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes which is just about the time it takes a non-stop flight from Miami, Florida to San Francisco, California (6 hours 35 minutes), de-mystifying the current mindset that Africa is far away from the United States.

Rex W. Tillerson
U.S. Secretary of State

Strengthening trade and economic cooperation with Africa can only result in job creation on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean; embed American economic interest, values and goodwill in a region that is poised to take center stage of the world economy in the next two decades. Given Africa’s proximity to the United States and the existing cordial relationship between the American and African people, this is a deal that’s good for America and Africa.

The AGOA Civil Society Organization Network congratulates President Trump and Vice President Pence on your historic election and looks forward to working with your Administration to increase U.S. –Africa trade, investment, and economic cooperation.


AfrICANDO 2016 Trade and Investment Conference & Trade Show

Our 18th Annual AfrICANDO Trade and Investment Conference/Trade Show - AfrICANDO 2016. ed took  place September 24-28, 2016 at our Africa Trade Development Center (ATDC) in Miami, Florida, USA.

AfrICANDO focused on US-Africa trade, tourism, and economic development issues, and delivered informative workshops and seminars that addressed how eligible African countries can utilize AGOA benefits to diversify their imports to the United States. AfrICANDO also provided SMEs with the opportunity to Exhibit in the ATDC's, Africa Trade Pavilion while promoting their businesses to more than 11,000 participants during the 20th Americas Food & Beverage Show.

A highlight of the event was a tour of the ATDC and  the Miami Free Zone where the ATDC is housed. ATDC is one stop center fos SME's  interested in doing business under AGOA, and the Center's concentration is on expaning US- Africa trade and invesstment. 

Download the Program Book for AfrICANDO 2016

AfrICANDO 2016


Civil SocietyOrganization /AWEP Joint Session
of the
15th AGOA Forum
September 22-23, 2016
Washington, DC, USA

The Civil Society Organization (CSO)/African Women’s Entrepreneurship (AWEP) Joint Session of the 15th Annual U.S. – Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (also known as the AGOA Forum) took place September 22-23, 2016 under the theme “The Role of Civil Society in Maximizing AGOA Benefits Now while Preparing for the Future Beyond AGOA.”  The event was held at the Reagan Events Center which is located in the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Washington, DC.

The Joint Session of this year’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum brought together more than 200 delegates from the United States, AGOA eligible countries, and others to address the following issues:

·         AGOA Country Utilization Strategy

·         Congressional Perspectives on The Future of AGOA

·         Capacity Building and Technical Assistance to Support Trade Facilitation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) 

·         The Future of US-Africa Economic Cooperation

·         Enhancing Africa’s Regional Integration to Support US-Africa Trade and Investment

·         YALI’s Role in Strengthening US-Africa Trade and Investment Expansion

·         AWEP Discussions on The Future of US-Africa Trade and Investment (More, please visit


2nd Annual AGOA CSO Network
Spring Conference

Our 2nd AGOA Spring conference under the theme “The Role of Civil Society  in AGOA Trade Expansion and Inclusive Development in Africa” kicked off with the Chairman’s Advisory Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 10 am -12:30 pm, followed by a Town Hall Meeting in the afternoon from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm for the purpose of  discussing the planning for the Civil Society Session of the 2016 U.S.-Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, also known as the AGOA Forum; and concluded with a panel discussion on Trade and Private Sector Expansion: A Vehicle for Increased Economic Growth and Improved Standard of living in Africa at the World Bank on Friday, April 15th from 4:00 pm -5:30 pm.

 Download Communique from Spring Conference


The Heat: A Burundi Crisis    

FDA President  and Chair, AGOA CSO Network Secretariat, Receives Leadership Award from Howard University Alumni Association

On Friday, February 19, 2016, the Howard University Alumni
Club of Atlanta celebrated Howard University's 149th year of outstanding service at the Commerce Club in Downtown Atlanta. In honor of the occasion, Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick was the keynote speaker, former Mayor Andrew Young was present as an honored guest, and entertainment was provided by the incomparable, Grammy Award winning, Mike Phillips, and Talented Nigerian Opera Singer Abiodun Koya. 

On March 3, 2016, our president, Mr. Fred Oladeinde appeared on CCTV America’s newscasts, The Heat,  to examine the current challenges that face Burundi. The Heat which is hosted by Nathan King invited the following experts to participate in this discussion:

  • Fred Oladeinde, President, The Foundation for Democracy in Africa
  • Hajayandi, Senior Project Leade, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
  • Nyabola, a Kenyan Writer involved in multi-dimensional research into conflicts in Africa
  • Bob Wekesa, an expert in China-Africa relations

Watch The Heat: A Burundi in Crisis – Live stream (click link)

Fred Oladeinde is the 2016 recipient of the Leadership Award in the field of International Affairs.  

 The Leadership Award was established to recognize alumni who have attained outstanding success and national or international distinction in their chosen business, profession or life's work, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to the University.


AGOA CSO Secretriat Delegation
to WTO 
Conference in Nairobi
Talk Cotton Subsidies
on   YOUTUBE (Watch Here) !!!

WTO Conference

Nairobi, Kenya

Source: Salaton Njua/NATION

 Honorable Alioune Sarr, Minister of Trade, the Republic of Senegal,
and Mr. Fred Oladeinde, Chairman, AGOA CSO Network Secretariat held
a Joint Press Conference  during the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference  in Nairobi, Kenya to announce the implementation of the Dakar-Miami Gateway Initiative. The project consists of a public-private partnership platform designed to mitigate logistics, transportation; trade facilitation, and other gaps that limit the competitiveness of West African products and services in the United States, and in other lucrative markets in the Western Hemisphere.

S’Khelumi Paul Ntsaole, Advisory Board Member, AGOA Civil Society Network and former Minister for Trade and Investment, Kingdom of Lesotho; Emmanuel Tamen, Esq., Miller & Chevalier, and Advisory Board Member, AGOA Civil Society Network; Fred Oladeinde, Chairman, AGOA CSO Network Secretariat, and Ayoma Matunga, Chairman, Kenya Civil Society Network participate in a roundtable discussion on Inclusive Development and Trade during WTO Conference in Nairob, Kenya , Deicember 15-18, 2015 




Members of the AGOA Civil Society Organization (CSO) Network Secretariat and the Chairman s Advisory Board participated in the 10thWorld Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The high level meetings took place from 15-18 December 2015, at the Kenya International Chamber of Commerce Complex. The Network Secretariat s Chairman, and President of The Foundation for Democracy in Africa, Mr. Fred Olagoke Oladeinde led the delegation to the Ministerial Conference (Read more)

 AfrICANDO 2015   

Keynote Speaker:  AfrICANDO 2015   

AEE Act of 2015: Strengthening the Supply Chain for African Ethnic Foods, Spices and Beverages in the Americas”

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Keynote Speaker
H.E. Ambassador Mninwa J. Mahlangu
Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to the United States

It is indeed a great pleasure for me and my team to be in this great city of Miami, the gateway to the Americas, at the invitation of the conveners of the 17th AfriCANDO 2015 Trade and Investment Conference. This Conference takes place at a critical juncture in the Africa-U.S. trade relations, following the renewal of AGOA, way ahead of the deadline of September 2015 for a period of 10 years up to 2025.

The policy objective of AGOA is to provide eligible African countries with access to the U.S. market by encouraging reforms of Africa’s economic and commercial regimes, based on shared values; develop stronger markets in Africa; increase intra –Africa trade; and foster regional integration. Download Ambassador Mahlangu's Speech

Honorable Florizelle "Florie" Liser,  Assistant U.S. Trade Representative  for Africa, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President addresses delegates during AfrICANDO 2015

Spring Newsletter 2016

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Fred Oladeinde, Chair, AGOA Civil Society Network Secretariat, and Chantal Paraiso, Chairwoman, Gabonese Civil Society address the  Joint Opening Ceremony of the AGOA Forum

2015 AGOA Forum
August 24-27, 2015
Andgondje Friendship Stadiun
Libreville, Gabon

The Civil Society Organization Session of the 2015 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum took place August 24-25, 2015, at the Andgondje Friendship Stadium, Libreville, Gabon. The theme of this year’s event was “AGOA at 15: Civil Society Organizations Working to Chart a Course for Sustainable U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Partnership. The CSO session of the 14th AGOA Forum brought together more than 150 delegates from the United States and AGOA eligible countries to address the following issues:

  • AGOA Annual Country Review for Eligibility Compliance, Sec. 105. Monitoring and review of eligibility
  • Trade Facilitation, and Transportation Linkages: Vehicles for Enhancing Competitiveness
  • AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015: Opportunities & Challenges
  • Textiles and Apparel: Optimizing Third Country Fabric Provision
  • Mentoring and Leadership Development for Women and for Young Entrepreneurs
  • Strengthening Micro Small Medium Enterprise Value Chain


CSO Session: 2015 AGOA Forum Program Book

CSO Session: Communique

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs provides Keynote Remarks during the Joint Opening Session of the 2015 AGOA Forum.

View the Secretary's Blog on AGOA

2015 AGOA Forum

View more photos from the AGOA Forum

Spring Conference on

AGOA Re-Authorization Beyond 2015:

Prespectives from Africa and the US
April 16-17, 2015
Washington, DC, USA

2015 -2106
AGOA CSO Secretariat Chairman's Advisory Board Members (click here!)

Luncheon Agenda (click here!)

Panel Discussion: The Role of the Diaspora in the Implementation
of AGOA at the World Bank (click here!)

AGOA Spring Conference Photos

     OP Ed by Fred Oladeinde

 Re-Authorize the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law in May 2000 as Title 1 of The Trade and Development Act. In the 15 years since enactment, AGOA has become one of the defining characteristics of the United States’ trade and commercial relationship with Africa.  If Congress does not act, it will expire September 30, 2015.

AGOA’s strict eligibility requirements, which oblige African countries to open their economies, create strong incentives to build free markets and pursue economic growth through trade, not aid.    And it works.  Forty African countries can export nearly 6,800 products into the U.S. marketplace under the Act’s unilateral trade preference agreement. African trade with the U.S. has expanded by four folds; over 300,000 formal sector jobs have been created, and $52 billion of investment in productive enterprises is directly attributable to the trade relationship that AGOA has created between eligible countries and the U.S.  Deepening commercial relationships also benefit U.S. exporters.  U.S. exports to Africa have grown by 300 percent during the same period.  Read full OP ED


Spring Newsletter

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   Letter Writing Campaign for the ReAuthorization                                   of AGOA

Members of the AGOA CSO Network were on Capitol Hill this
week delivering letters  to  members of the
Committee on Ways,
and Means,
and the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the House side, and the  Foreign Relations and Finance Committee on the Senate side. The letters were delivered to 127 members of Congress. Click here to view the letter.


Thanks again to all  of you that supported us in this effort by adding your voice to this important issue. To follow up with a committee member, click on the Committee, and follow the link to the committee members' website.


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Tony Okonmah, FDA; Dr. Gerswhin Blyden, Chairman, FDA; Desmond Alufohai, International Trade Coordinator, Economic Development & International Trade Unit, Miami-Dade County; Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, Vice Mayor,  City of Doral, Florida; and Fred Oladinde, FDA

Tony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC; Goodwell Dingaan, Director: Resource Benefication, Economic Development and Toursim, Wester Cape Government, South Africa; Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA at the 18th Americas Food and Beverage Show

Florida Governor Rick Scott presents ATDC officials: Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA (right), and Tony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC (left)  with a Certificate of Accomplishment during the Trade Expo. Also pictured far left is Manny Mencia, Senior VP international Trade and Development Division, Enterprise Florida

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss addresses delegates during
AfrICANDO 2014

May 20-24, 2014
Miami Airport Covention Center

Click here to download Summit Program Book!

Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA addresses Summit delegates. Seated on the dais: Honorable Oumar Gueye,  Minister of Tourism & Air Transportation;  William “Bill” Talbert, CEO, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; Honorable Dennis C. Moss, Commissioner(Dist. 9),  and Chairman, Transportation and Aviation  Committee,  Miami-Dade County; Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez CEO and Director of Aviation, Miami-Dade Aviation Department; Barry E. Johnson, President/CEO, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; Larry K. Williams, President/CEO; The Beacon Council, and Juan Kuryla, Director, PortMiami

Honorable Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County pictured with Future Aviation Leaders (L to R) Escarleth Parajon, Student, FMU; and Alexsandra Sanchez, Student, FMU during 2014 USAfrica Air Transportation Summit

Babacar Beye, Chief, Senegal Economic Bureau, Washington, DC; Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez CEO and Director of Aviation, Miami-Dade Aviation Department; Honorable Dennis C. Moss, Commissioner(Dist. 9), and Chairman, Transportation & Aviation  Committee,  Miami-Dade County;  Honorable Oumar Gueye,  Minister of Tourism & Air Transportation; Juan Kuryla, Director, PortMiami; Aminata  Dia, Expert Economist, Senegal; and members of the Senegalese delegation




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