The 4th Annual AGOA Spring Conference will take place April 18 -19, 2018 in Washington, DC, at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on Capitol Hill.

The conference will focus on President Trump’s policy on Africa; and will include a review of the Adminstrations’ recent visit to Africa; trade numbers for AGOA over the past twelve months under the Trump administration; and will discuss the opportunity that bi annual AGOA Utilization Strategies offer eligible Sub-Saharan African countries for increasing exports and advancing economic cooperation under AGOA. A highlight of the event is a Congressional Briefing on the legislative agenda for AGOA that is scheduled to take place on April 19th on Capitol Hill.

The event will feature high-level speakers from across 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, and the schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
3519 International Court, NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: TBD
Congressional Briefing on AGOA
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC 20515

AGOA CSO Network Secretariat
| 202.331.1333 ext. 7 | Email:agoacsonet@democracy-africa.org |
Website: www.agoacsonetwork.org

Robert E. Lighthizer, US Trade Representative
The Chairman of the AGOA CSO Network Secretariat testified at a public hearing regarding U.S. Trade and Investment with Sub-Saharan Africa: Recent Developments. The hearing took place on January 23, 2018 at UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION (USITC) in Washington, DC. The investigation was instituted by the USITC following receipt of a request from the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The request asked the Commission to provide a report on U.S. trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It asked that the Commission’s report focus primarily on the years 2010-2016, to the extent information is available, but examine longer-term trends since 2000 where appropriate. The request also asked that, to the extent practical, the report provide the most recent 2017 data on U.S. trade flows of goods with SSA. Read the Chairman’s testimony

US-Nigeria Investment Summit 2018
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria presents US-Nigeria Investment Summit 2018, highlighting the many untapped investment opportunities in Nigeria for U.S. investors and companies. The theme of the 2018 US-Nigeria Investment Summit is Nigeria is Open for Business.

Hosted by Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Unites States, H.E. Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor, the Summit attendees will include senior Nigerian government officials and business leaders, who will provide U.S. investors with the necessary assistance and guidance on investment, establishment, and operation of enterprises in Nigeria.

Register and Information: www.UNIS2018.com

4TH ANNUAL MEETING AND AGOA ROUNDTABLE
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The Togolese Diaspora in the United States (DTUSA) cordially invites you to its 2018 Annual Meeting and the African Diaspora in the U.S.’ AGOA Roundtable

Date: April 28, 2018
Venue: 51 University Blvd E. Silver Spring MD 20901 Time: From 12pm to 12am.
The 4th annual meeting comprises the Economic Forum and the Commemoration of the 58th Independence Day of Togo

Registration and additional information email:diasporatogousa@gmail.com

2018 AGOA Forum
The 17th U.S. – Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (also known as the AGOA Forum) will be hosted by the United States Government, and will take place in Washington, DC. The annual event is tentatively scheduled for July* of this year. The AGOA CSO Secretariat is poised to began the planning process for
the CSO/AWEP Joint Session of the Forum, so watch your inboxes, because we will be reaching out to members of the Network, and other partners, for your input regarding organizing this noteworthy event.

September 25-28, 2018
James L. Knight Center*
400 SE 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida, USA 33131

INCREASE your sales by using cutting edge technological services that link your business to the global marketplace
MEET Buyers and Distributors from across the US and other Western Hemisphere that specialize in Apparel Handi-Craft, Beverages, and Ethnic Food and Spices!
GAIN insight from industry experts on topics that impact the way SME’s do business
PROMOTE and MARKET your business by networking one-one -one!
BENEFIT from a one stop opportunity that is focused on assisting small-to-medium size companies looking to export/import For additional information contact: agoacsonet@democracy-africa.org

*The James L. Knight Center is a world-class multipurpose entertainment, meeting, and convention complex located in the heart of downtown Miami’s business, commercial, and financial district.

AGOA CSO Network Membership

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!