Spring/2016                     NEWSLETTER

South Africa: SA's Suspension from AGOA to Be Lifted

By Thulani Gqirana, News24

The cloud of uncertainty hanging over South Africa following its suspension from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) will be lifted, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Thursday.

The Minister said he had received an email from the US trade representative, informing him of the intentions to lift the suspension.

"Based on the actions taken, I will be sending recommendations today to the President to revoke the suspension of AGOA benefits for South Africa," the letter reads.

Davies said it could take up to a couple of weeks to get signed, but the goal was to secure it before March 15. (Read more)  

 2nd AGOA Civil Society 
Spring Conference  
"The Role of Civil Society in AGOA Trade Expansion and Inclusive Development in Africa"
April 13-14, 2016
Washington, DC

To register to attend this event and other CSO meetings please register at the  AGOA CSO Events
by April 1, 2016.
AGOA CSO Advisory Board Meeting
April 13, 2016 
10:00 am - 12:30 pm 
AGOA CSO Secretariat Delegation to WTO Conference in Nairobi Talk Cotton Subsidies
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18th Annual Afr ICANDO 

September 24-28, 2016 
Miami, Florida, USA 

Afr ICANDO 2016 Trade and Investment Conference and Trade Show will bring together distributors, producers, and importers/exporters of food and beverages from across Africa and the Americas; including the Caribbean, South and Latin America, Canada and the United States of America. 

S elect manufacturers and exporters from Africa will have the opportunity to showcase their products at the Africa Trade Development Center's (ATDC) AFRICAN PAVILION at the 20 th Americas Food & Beverage Show and Conference to more than 11,000 participants.

All registered participants will be accredited to attend the 20 th Americas Food and Beverage (F&B) Show and Conference, as well as, the opportunity to attend all F& B workshops and seminars.

The African Trade Development Center will organize one-on-one meetings with buyers from across the Americas for select exhibitors and provide follow-up consultations and facilitations beyond the show. (More info)  

Don't miss this outstanding line-up of exhibitors and speakers addressing global trends in food and beverage technology, free-trade agreements, and opportunities under AGOA .   
Reserve your Booth in ATDC's African Pavilion REGISTER TODAY!!!

Fred Oladeinde, Chair, AGOA CSO Network Secretariat, & President, FDA  Receives Leadership Award from
Howard University Alumni Association

HU Charter Day Activities
  The Alumni Club of Atlanta
On Friday, February 19, 2016, the Howard University Alumni Club of Atlanta celebrated Howard University's 149th year of outstanding service at the Commerce Club in Downtown Atlanta. In honor of the occasion, Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick was the keynote speaker, former Mayor Andrew Young was present as an honored guest, and entertainment was provided by the incomparable, Grammy Award winning, Mike Phillips, and Talented Nigerian Opera Singer Abiodun Koya. 
 Fred Oladeinde is the 2016 recipient of the Leadership Award in the field of International Affairs.  
The Leadership Award was established to recognize alumni who have attained outstanding success and national or international distinction in their chosen business, profession or life's work, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to the University.
   Upcoming Events
April 13, 2016          AGOA CSO Advisory Board Meeting
April 13-14, 2016     AGOA CSO Spring Conference
Sept. 24-28, 2016      AfrICANDO 2016

Issue: 006
In This Issue

The AGOA CSO Network Secretariat is planning a series of meetings, including: a stakeholder briefing
with Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield,
a Spring Conference, and the  AGOA CSO Session of the annual AGOA Forum. 

Dates and venues to be announced, shortly.  

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.



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