AGOA

Regional Integration is Key

Earlier this week I stopped into the International Trade Exhibition to check in on some of the vendors and exhibitors. I was struck by one in particular—Fallsway Timbers Ltd—because of its beautiful displays of finished hardwood furniture, doors and flooring. I have to admit—I hadn’t thought much about African-made finished furniture and goods. I’ve always…

Financing Africa’s Industrial Development

My colleague Nealon DeVore and I are in Lusaka attending the 10th AGOA Forum. Yesterday I participated on two panel discussions: the first was a private sector session on Financing Africa Industrial Development and the second was a civil society session titled The Next Generation. Nealon has already blogged about my participation on the Next…

The Next Generation

My boss, Dr. Sipho Moyo, represented ONE earlier today on a panel here at the 2011 AGOA Forum. The panel, titled The Next Generation, looked at ways that young people could be better engaged to participate in and benefit from the opportunities presented by AGOA. The panel was moderated by Lena Zamchiya, a vice-president at…

The 10th AGOA Forum in Lusaka, Zambia

My colleague Nealon and I just arrived in Lusaka, Zambia this morning to attend the 10th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum. This 4-day marathon of workshops and ministerial meetings marks an important milestone in the US and Africa’s commercial relationship. Enacted in 2000 to reduce tariffs on select products from qualifying sub-Saharan countries,…