African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) ,June 9-10 in Lusaka!
AGOA 2011Forum on U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa
Trade and Economic Cooperation
On June 9-10, 2011, Zambia will host the 2011 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, the centerpiece of the United States government's trade policy with sub-Saharan Africa. The 2011 Forum marks the 10th year that government officials, business leaders, and civil society from African countries and the United States will convene to promote trade, business, and investment opportunities that sustain economic development in Africa. The 2011 Forum’s theme is “Enhanced Trade Through Increased Competitiveness, Value Addition and Deeper Regional Integration.”
Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will travel to Lusaka, Zambia on June 8-10 to participate in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum. On June 9, she will address the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) conference to support the expansion of the program. AWEP was launched by the Department of State during last year’s AGOA Forum to help African women grow their businesses, advocate for improved business environments, and lead women’s business networks. On June 10, she will speak at the AGOA Ministerial Forum about the importance of investing in women to drive economic growth. In addition to meeting with government officials and private sector representatives, Ambassador Verveer will also visit a support center for survivors of gender-based violence, meet with women entrepreneurs, and visit a leadership program for girls.