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Monday, 2nd September 2019

The annual U.S. - Sub Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA) was held in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire from August 4-6, 2019, under the theme "AGOA and the Future: Developing a New Trade Paradigm to Guide U.S - Africa Trade and Investment."

The AGOA Forum 2019 brought together government officials from the U.S.A and the 39 AGOA eligible Sub-Saharan Africa counties. The Forum also attracted participants from the Regional Economic Communities, Civil Society and Private Sector.

The AGOA Forum consisted of the Private Sector and Civil Society Meetings held on August 4, 2019, followed by the Ministerial meeting held from August 5-6, 2019. In addition, the Forum included a Trade exhibition that enabled participating AGOA eligible Sub-Sahara African countries to showcase the various products and services that they export to the U.S. market.

The U.S. delegation to the 2019 AGOA Forum in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, was led by Amb. C.J. Mahoney, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; and also included Amb. Tibor Nagy, Assistant Secretary of  State for African Affairs, as well as other senior officials from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Labour, Transportation, Treasury, US AID, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation ,the United States African Development Foundation and some members of the U.S.Congress.

Uganda's delegation to the 2019 AGOA Forum was led by Mrs. Susan Muhwezi, Senior Presidential Advisor on AGOA and Trade.The delegation included Amb. Nelson Ocheger, Uganda's High Commissioner to Nigeria also accredited to Cote d'Ivoire; Amb. Santa, Laker Kinyera, Deputy Head of Mission at Uganda Embassy Washington D.C and Mr. Emmanuel Bakwega, Director Department of Clerks, Parliament of Uganda.

Amb. C.J. Mahoney, on behalf of the U.S. Government, congratulated the African Union and its Member States on the achievement of launching the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in May 2019 and announced that the U.S. government would partner together with the African Union to support the ongoing negotiations and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement. The U.S.A and the African Union signed a joint Statement concerning the Development of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

In addition to strengthening cooperation through the AGOA Forum, the U.S.A announced new initiatives to further boost trade and economic co-operation with Sub-Saharan Africa during the 2019 AGOA Forum including: Prosper Africa Initiative, a new U.S.Government-led initiative to substantially increase two-way trade and investment between Africa and the U.S by establishing U.S. Embassy Deal Facilitation Teams across the continent in addition to Export Assistance Centers and Small Business Development Centers to equip American businesses to enter the African Market; and the BUILD Act Initiative that will deepen U.S. - Africa trade ties by doubling investment capital available from Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to USD 60 billion and establishment of the new Development Finance Corporation aimed at offering more support for private sector investment in developing countries as well as equity investments in African companies.

African Ministers of Trade Group Photo at the 2019 AGOA Forum held in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire: August 4-6, 2019

Uganda Exhibition at AGOA Forum 2019, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, August 4-6, 2019.