The Foundation for Democracy in Africa






                           Reserve Your Booth and Register Today !!!                                                                                

AfrICANDO 2016
September 24-28,2016
Miami, Florida, US

Join US to Discuss US-Africa Trade, Tourism, and Economic Development Issues

AfrICANDO 2016 Trade and Investment Conference & Trade Show will provide: informative workshops and seminars that will address how eligible African countries can utilize AGOA benefits to diversify their imports to the United States, as well as, the opportunity to Exhibit in our Africa Trade Development Center‘s Africa Trade Pavilion while promoting your business to more than 11,000 participants during the 20th Americas Food & Beverage Show.

  • Registration for AfrICANDO 2016 includes: participation in all events from 24-28 September 2016, including: workshops, accrediation for Food and Beverage Show, and reception.
  • The African Trade Development Center will provide customized workshops, organize one-on-one meetings with buyers from across the Americas for select exhibitors and arrange for follow-up consultations and facilitations beyond the show.

Don’t miss this outstanding line-up of exhibitors and speakers addressing US-Africa trade, and tourisim, global trends in food and beverage technology, free-trade agreements,  and opportunities under AGOA.  

Download Flyer and Registration Form 


for ATDC’s
(CLICK HERE) for online registration

Don't Wait - Book Your Room, Today and Score the  Best Avaialbe Rates!!! (click here!)

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.

 Downlaod 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 Chairmans 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 Secretariats 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”

Download the Conference Program Book

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

Download Spring Newsletter

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

Download the Spring Newsletter!

Download the Summer Newsletter!

   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.


Download the Program!

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




Intern with FDA!

FDA needs volunteers to work on programs, assist with fundraising  and to provide  general office support. To apply for available positions, call 202.331.1333 or send your resume and cover letter to:

FDA Programs and


FDA Membership

Donate  to FDA

Over the past 14 years, The Foundation for Democracy in Africa has carried out a number of programs geared towards promoting participatory democracy, sustainable development and economic growth throughout Africa.

Ongoing programs include FDA's Institute for Democracy in Africa, the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Civil Society Network, FDA's annual AfrICANDO conference as well as the biannual US-Africa Air Transportation Summit among others.
(read more)

FDA Membership affords you with access to a network of development professionals focused on Africa, discounts on participation in FDA conferences and other FDA programs as well as access to our current and past reports on issues around development in Africa.

There are a number of levels of membership that allow you to participate in our programs and projects directed towards strengthening and enhancing democracy, freedom and economic plurality through the continent of Africa. 

Join Today!
(read more)

FDA’s work in the implementation of culturally-  based  programs designed to strengthen and  enhance democracy, freedom and economic    plurality throughout Africa require extensive     financial and technical support.

Your donation will make a great difference in the advancing and implementation of our various projects and initiatives  under these programs and ultimately, make a difference in   the lives of the less fortunate and oppressed on the African continent.

In addition to donating directly, there are a number to support FDA programming through donating American Express  Points, through the purchase of magazines, making tax-deductible donations of goods and many more.
(read more)



What Can Africa Do?
Join the Discussion on the benefits of elections in Africa

What Can Africa Do on facebook

© 2010 The Foundation for Democracy in Africa. All Rights Reserved.