Recently reauthorized by the U.S. Congress for an additional ten years, AGOA has been the cornerstone of the U.S. government’s trade policy with sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. This is the 14th year that government officials, business leaders, entrepreneurs - including youth and women - and civil society from African countries and the United States will come together to discuss trade, business, and investment opportunities that sustain economic development in Africa. This year’s conference will consist of the ministerial AGOA Forum from August 26-27, side events sponsored by private sector, civil society, and the African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) from August 24-25, and a trade exhibition from August 23-27.
A session on Thursday, August 27, brings focus to health as a driver of accelerated development, trade and investment. The session, Ebola and other Disease Outbreaks: Implications for Trade, Agriculture and Economic Development, will explore how investments in multiple sectors, including public health, private industry and trade, can prevent the outbreak of diseases, help improve and expand trade, and accelerate economic growth. The discussion will highlight the importance of global health security and the strengthening of multi-sectoral systems to reduce risk factors that amplify the spread of infectious diseases and debilitate economic stability. The session and technical brief are a collaboration of the US Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Africa and the US Department of Health and Human Services, with support from the African Strategies for Health project implemented by Management Sciences for Health.
- Download Technical Brief: Ebola and Other Outbreaks: Implications for Economic Growth and Trade
- Download summary in French
- Dr. Mitchell Wolfe, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services
- Dr. Toga McIntosh, Vice President, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
- Mr. Eric Meyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Treasury
- Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba-Mugerwa, Executive Chairperson, National Planning Authority, Uganda
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