“Maximizing US-Africa Trade and Investment: AGOA and Beyond” was the theme addressed at the 15th session of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) held in Washington, D.C. from 22 – 26 September, 2016. The AGOA is a legislation allowing 38 eligible African countries to export without customs duties in the United States if the beneficiaries respect the basic norms of democracy and free markets. Under the leadership of President Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE and his government, since April 2008, Togo is amongst the AGOA’s eligible countries, thanks to its efforts in institutional and financial reforms.
The annual high-level meeting held in Washington, D.C. was attended by the Togolese delegation led by the Trade Minister, Madam Bernadette Essossimna Legzim-Balouki. The Forum featured roundtables and workshops to explore potential pathways to update the U.S.-Africa trade and investment relationship and to discuss relevant key points such as recommendations directed to African Member States at the national, regional and continental levels and to U.S. partners.
During her readout at the African Trade Ministers’ Consultative Meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016, the Trade Minister, Madame Bernadette Essossimna Legzim-Balouki, took the floor on behalf of the Togolese government to thank the American government, all AGOA’s eligible countries delegations, the African Union and other partners for having agreed to nominate Togo to host the 16th AGOA Forum in Lomé during the year 2017. She also mentioned that Togo due to its expertise and experience in major international meetings will showcase its assets.