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H.E. Hage G. Geingob, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia discusses using the Africa Trade Development Center (ATDC) to expand export of Namibian Micro Small and Medium Enterprises' products to the United  States under AGOA with Mr. Anthony Okonmah, Executive Director, ATDC, and Mrs. Shannan Ighodaro, ATDC Program Coordinator

The Foundation for Democracy in Africa

Mourns the Passing of H.E. President Bingu wa Mutharika


Thursday April 5, 2012

 Click here to read Press Release


AfrICANDO 2011 will examine how AGOA eligible SSA countries can leverage Miami’s proximity to lucrative markets in the Americas and the Caribbean to increase US-Africa trade and investment under AGOA, and beyond AGOA. The leveraging of these opportunities for bilateral trade expansion by AGOA eligible SSA countries, will only strengthen Miami Dade County’s position as the Gateway for trade with Africa, and advance US-Africa trade and investment.

The overriding objective of AfrICANDO 2011 is to stimulate more trade between the U.S. and SSA; increase U.S. investment in Africa; and expand markets for SSA products in other nations of the Americas and the Caribbean.  

Specifically, AfrICANDO 2011 will:

Provide an opportunity for businesses from Sub Saharan Africa, the U.S., Caribbean, South America and Canada to meet and interact  ▪   Highlight incentives available to U.S, Caribbean and South American and other foreign investors wishing to invest in SSA ▪  Encourage strategic alliances and matchmaking between  SSA countries, the U.S,  Canada, the Caribbean and South American businesses  ▪  Show case products from SSA countries, U.S., Canada, the  Caribbean, and South America States.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to Showcase Your Products and Services, Expand Your Market Reach and Network with quality private and public sector international companies and organizations from the US, Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean.


Ato Girma Wake, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines (retired)
to receive Medal of Glory Award during AfrICANDO 2011

Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll to open AfrICANDO 2011 

Mr. Ato Girma Wake, the retired CEO of the Ethiopian Airlines, is the 2011 recipient of the Medal of Glory Award (MOGA). The Medal of Glory Award is The Foundation for Democracy in Africa’s (FDA) highest honor, and is awarded, annually during FDA’s AfrICANDO Trade and Investment Symposium to exemplary leaders for their extraordinary contributions to economic, social, cultural and agricultural development and democracy in Africa (read more)

Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll will give the opening keynote address during the 14th US-Africa Trade and Investment Symposium, AfrICANDO 2011 on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at the Miami Trade Zone in the City of Doral in Miami Dade County, Florida   (Read more)


Lt.  Govenror Jennifer Carroll, State of Florida with Miami Dade County
 Commissioner Dennis Moss, District 9 during AfrICANDO luncheon; seated
 to the right of Lt. Governor Carroll; Dr. Gerswhin Blyden, Chairman, FDA;
Commissioner Jean Monestime, Miami Dade County, District 2; seated to
 the left of Commissioner Moss; Mr. Girma Wake, 2011 Medal of Glory
 Award (MOGA) Recipient; and Commissioner Dale V. C. Holness, Broward
 County District 9
US Africa Trade Policy Panel during AfrICANDO with Laurie
-Ann Agama, USTR; Preston Winter, MCC; Dana Richey, FAS, USDA; Freddie Gaoseb, Embassy of Namibia to the US; Jonathan Nellis, US Dept. of State; and the moderator for the session, Ayodele Aderwinale, Africa Leadership Forum

10th Annual AGOA Forum

Mulungushi International Conference Centre
Lusaka, Zambia
June 8 -10, 2010

Civil Society Session

June 8, 2011  

Click here to read the Communique

The AGOA Civil Society Communiqué  was presented to the 2011 AGOA Ministerial Forum by Fred Oladeinde, President of The Foundation for Democracy in Africa, and Chairman of the AGOA Civil Society Network; and Vladimir Chilinya, Coordinator, Center for Global Dialogue

Ministerial  Session
June  9 - 10, 2011


Opening Ceremony of the 10th African Growth and Opportunity Act

 (AGOA Ministerial Forum)
Lusaka, Zambia
June 9, 2011

Read Remarks ( click here)

Remarks by: H.E. Rupiah Bwezani Banda

President of the Republic of Zambia

Closing Remarks at African Growth and Opportunity Forum


Remarks by: Hillary Rodham Clinton

 Secretary of State, United States

SECRETARY CLINTON: If I didn’t know any better, Minister Mutati, I’d say that you have a future in preaching. (Laughter.) My goodness, I thought he was going to take up a collection. (Laughter. Applause.)

But I certainly agree with the message. It is the Africa AGOA Act. It is meant to stimulate all of the activities that the minister was referencing. And it is, for me, a great pleasure once again to address the AGOA forum. I’m delighted that you’ve already heard from the leader of our trade efforts in the United States, Ambassador Ron Kirk. And from what I heard from the minister, Ron has already made every commitment that could be made. (Laughter. Applause.) So in the spirit of preaching, I’m really saying amen. (Laughter. Applause.)

It is wonderful to be here in Lusaka for this forum. I had such a good time when I went to Nairobi in 2009, and there was some dancing there, as I remember. In fact, everybody else looked great dancing, and then there’s me. (Laughter.) And apparently, it was all over Kenyan television, and I got all these emails saying, “Are you alright?” (Laughter.) I said, “More than.”   

And then last year, we were very proud to host the forum in Washington and in Kansas City. And now here we are in Lusaka. Now, I can imagine that sometimes it feels like Kansas City and Lusaka might be worlds apart, but the whole goal of this forum is to shrink that distance, to create those networks and those relationships that are really at the root of the strong and growing relationship between the people of the United States and the people of Africa. So I thank all of you for being here because you are addressing the importance of what we can do together. It is about the future and it is about the hard work that will take us from today until tomorrow. (Read More)

H. E. Ngwazi Professor Binga Wa Mutharika, President Of the Republic                                           of Malawi gving the Opening Address during the 23rd Malawi International                                  Trade Fair in Blantyre (Click here to read President Mutharika's Speech)

US-Malawi Mult-Sector Business Development Mission Briefing Book

Newby Henry Kumwembe, Sectretary, Ministry of Industry & Trade and his staff members brief US-Malawi Business Development Mission Delegates

Hon. Eunice Kazembe, MP, Minister of Industry  & Trade, and Hon. Shadreck Jonasi, MP, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade greet Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA, and head of the US Delegation during the 23rd  Malawi International Trade Fair in Blantyre, Malawi

US - Malawi Business Development Mission Delegates meet with officials from the Embassy of USA in Lilongwe, Malawi

Mission Delegates talk business at a dinner hosted by the Mulli Brothers Group, Ltd, in Blantyre, the commercial capital of Malawi


Patrick Mphepo, Embassy of Malawi to the US; Monica Brown, PMG Ltd.;                                                                                                           Fred Oladeinde, FDA; Retired Miami Dade County Commissioner Dorrin Rolle;                                                                                                       Dr. Brenda Thomas, The Peoples Dentist; Gary Erickson, Black & Veatch;                                                                                                         Chris Nyce, Embassy of the USA, Lilongwe; Priston Msiska, Embassy of the                                                                                                      USA, Lilongwe, Sam Gilmore, Overnight Success, Inc.; and Miami Dade County                                                                                                        Commissioner Bruno Barreiro






Deputy Ambassador H.E. Jane Nankwenya, the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi to the US addresses members of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce regarding business opportunites in Malawi.

Vice Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson, Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners receives Deputy Ambassador H.E. Jane Nankwenya,and Patrick Mphepo, the Embassy of Malawi; Fred Oladeinde, President and Tony Okonmah, Executive Director, FDA; and Jimmy Nares, Assistant Director, Office of Economic Development & International Trade, Miami Dade County.

                                        Remarks by     (click here)


 Fred O. Oladeinde President 

 The Foundation for Democracy in Africa


   Roundtable on Business Opportunities in Malawi 


 April 1, 2011

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
Miami, Florida, USA

Join Us On A

Multi-Sector Business Development Mission to Malawi 

(Read more)


Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA discusses the implications of the Nigerian Presidential Election with the Host of Straight Talk Africa, Shaka Ssali. To see the complete interiew on Voice of America 


AfrICANDO Trade and Investment Symposium


"Focusing on the Security/Stability Nexus to Development in Africa"


Honorable Dennis C. Moss, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners Miami Dade County presents H.E. Prof. Ade Adefuye, Ambassador, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the US  with the key to the County during AfrICANDO; also photographed  (l) Fred Oladeinde, President, FDA; Dr. Olumide Ajayi, ALF; Olufemi Adelakun, CEO, CleanClean, Inc.;  (r) Tony Okonmah FDA; Tony Chinye Chinye & Company

Honorable Javier Suoto, Board of County Commissioners Miami Dade Co Executive Director, Tony Okonmah, FDA; Wayne Carter, Office of the Mayor, Miami Dade County, Carlos Alvarez Mayor







Photographed:  Dr. Gerswhin Blyden, Chariman, FDA presents J.A. "Tony" Ojeda, Jr., Executive Director, OEDIT, Miami Dade County with the US-Africa Trade  Development Award during AfrICANDO Luncheon, also photographed, the MC for the event, Tony Chinye, CPA, President, Chinye & Company

AfrICANDO 2010 Delegates

9th Annual AGOA Forum

African Growth and Opportunity Act Civil Society Forum

"Decade of Progress in Bridging the US-Africa Trade Gap"

July 29 -30, 2010

 Civil Society Organization Communique 

Day I  Thursday, July 29 Webcast

Day II  Friday, July 30 Webcast

Take the AGOA Survey

CSO & FO Participants to the Roundtable on "Promoting Access to Regional and  International Markets for Agricultural Commodities in Africa"

2010 Medal of Glory Awards goes to an African Businessman and to the People of Burkina Faso

5TH African Agriculture Science Week & FARA General Assembly

2010 Medal of Glory Awards Gala Night

Awards Gala Sponsor Package - English   French

African Agricultural Innovation in Changing Global Environment

July 19-24, 2010

Ouga 2000 International Convention Centre Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

CSO Roundtable - English   French


FARA Regional Policy Dialogue Workshop on Agricultural Commodity Market Access for Eastern and Southern Africa

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Concept Note

Remarks at the Workshop by Fred Oladeinde,
President, The Foundation for Democracy in Africa



US and Nigeria Launch a Bi-National Commission



President Mutharika of the Republic of Malawi Elected Chair of the African Union

Interview with Malawian President His Excellency Ngwazi Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika 

Are African Elections Always Worth the Risk?

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More Information on BBC Focus on Africa

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