Author: AGOA Staff     Published: 5/31/2023    AGOA

We have some exciting news for you! The Communique & Recommendations for the 8th Annual AGOA CSO Network Spring Conference is now available for your perusal. This important event, held in partnership with The Foundation for Democracy in Africa (FDA) and the Institute for African Studies, The Elliot School for International Affairs, George Washington University, took place on April 13, 2023, in Washington D.C., USA.

Under the theme “Extending AGOA to 2035: Using Trade to Strengthen U.S.-Africa Strategic Alliances,” this conference brought together key stakeholders to discuss the future of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and its significance in fostering strong trade relationships between the United States and Africa.

Ms. Rosa Whitaker, President of the Whitaker Group, highlighted a crucial point in her written remarks, “While the utilization rate of Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and other U.S. preferential trade programs for Least Developed Countries has declined, AGOA stands out with a positive utilization rate of about 1.6%.” This demonstrates the immense potential and value that AGOA holds for African countries.

To delve deeper into the discussions and outcomes of the conference, we invite you to read the full Communique. It encapsulates the key takeaways and proposals put forth by experts and industry leaders. The Communique sheds light on the role of AGOA Strategy Plans, which studies have shown to be instrumental in achieving higher utilization rates for AGOA. It’s an opportunity to gain insights into the strategies and policies that can drive mutually beneficial trade between the United States and Africa.


We urge you to explore the complete USITC AGOA Report. This comprehensive report provides a thorough analysis of AGOA’s impact, challenges, and potential areas of improvement. It serves as a valuable resource for policymakers, researchers, and business professionals seeking to understand the intricacies of AGOA and its role in shaping trade dynamics.
We believe in taking action and making a difference, which is why we encourage you to sign the petition calling for the extension of AGOA. By adding your voice, you can contribute to the efforts to ensure that AGOA continues to promote economic growth, job creation, and sustainable development in Africa.

Registration for

AfrICANDO 2023

is Open!!!

You’re invited you to join us for our 24th Annual AfrICANDO. The conference and expo will be held on-site at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center (MACC),711 NW 72nd Avenue, Miami, Florida, USA, and virtually. Registrants unable to travel to the US can participate in the conference online. The hybrid event will feature Seminars, A Trade Expo, and a Gala Awards Dinner.

THEME: The Diaspora: Accelerating U.S.-Africa Trade, Investment, and Technological Innovation

Areas of Focus

Trade and Investment ● Health ● Infrastructure ● Technology ● Tourism

AfrICANDO is designed to assist civil society organizations (CSOs), micro, small and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs), and the African Diaspora in creating linkages with US businesses. Read more






The Hotel for AfrICANDO 2023 is DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC). To reserve your room, CLICK HERE!  


AGOA CSO Network


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AGOA CSO Network

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!


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