On the invitation of USAID, Borderless Alliance attended the 15th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum held in Washington DC.
The Forum was marked by two major events. One was a Forum for Civil Society held on September 23 under the theme, “The role of Civil Society Organizations in maximizing AGOA now while preparing for the future beyond AGOA.” The Alliance, represented by its Executive Secretary, Mr. Justin Bayili, contributed to a panel discussion on the theme: “Capacity building and technical assistance to support trade facilitation in sub Saharan Africa.” This session was concluded with the adoption of eight recommendations aimed at paving the way for better exploitation of AGOA and other US Government initiatives to improve trade between USA and the African continent.
The other major event was the 15th AGOA Forum itself, held on September 26 at the State Department under the theme, “Maximizing Trade and Investment between the US and Africa: AGOA and beyond.” It brought together over 200 delegates from the United States and countries eligible for AGOA, including the Ministers of Trade and many other actors of the US and African private sector South of the Sahara. Contributing to the sub-theme, “Balancing Security and Trade along Transnational Corridors,” Mr. Bayili gave an overview of the activities of the Borderless Alliance and its achievements in terms of advocacy and road governance to contribute to improving the business environment and trade facilitation in West Africa.