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US, Togo to Co-Host AGOA forum in Lome

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Babatunde Opalana 

The United States of America and Togo will co-host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Lomé, Togo, between August 8-10, 2017.

The Forum will bring together senior government officials from the United States and 38 Sub-Saharan African AGOA-eligible countries to discuss ways to boost economic cooperation and trade between the United States and Africa. The African Union and regional economic communities will also participate.

The theme of this year’s Forum is “The United States and Africa: Partnering for Prosperity through Trade.” The 2017 Forum will explore how countries can continue to maximize the benefits of AGOA in a rapidly changing economic landscape, and highlight the important role played by women, civil society, and the private sector in promoting trade and generating prosperity.

Representatives from the private sector, civil society, and the U.S.-sponsored African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) will participate in Forum activities from August 8 and 9.

To this effect, two top US officials, Peter Barlerin, Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of African Affairs and Constance Hamilton, Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa will discuss the event in a telephonic press conference on Thursday, August 3, 2017.


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