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CSO/AWEP Session of the 17th AGOA Forum

  • Monday, July 09, 2018
  • 8:00 AM
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036


  • Registration fee for all three (3) days/ all events

All sales are final; requests for refunds will not be honored. No shows will be treated as if attended, and will not receive refunds.

Please Join Us for the Civil Society Organization/African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) Session of the 17th Annual United States - Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (also known as the AGOA Forum) at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, DC 20036. 

The theme of this year's event is: "
The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Expanding U.S.- Africa Trade and Investment", and the event will offer seminars, a workshop on developing an AGOA Country Utilization Plan for Civil Society networking,  a visit to Capitol Hill,  museums and  other historical sites in the United States capitol.  

The  event begins on 9 July with  an Opening Ceremony, award presentation,   and a  panel on New Strategies for U.S. –Africa Trade and Investment, followed by sessions on micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) development under AGOA; the roles of Women, Youth, Labor, and  the Diaspora in expanding US-Sub-Saharan Africa trade and investment;  and a working session to  prepare the Communique and  Recommendations for the Read-out  during the Ministerial Session on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the State Department.  The event concludes with a visit to Capitol Hill for a Congressional discussion on AGOA, and  site visits to museums and  other historical sites in our nations' capitol.

You do not want to miss this opportunity to have your voice heard, and to learn how to make AGOA work  for you! 

Please note: Capacity is limited, and you must register and pay registration fees, not later than June 30, 2018. The event is taking place in a secure facility, and you must register in advance; we will not conduct onsite registration for this event.

If you are a member of the Network and  and like your organization's logo on  the conference materials,  please email your logo to the Secretariat at not later than June 15, 2018.

Registration will automatically close on June 30, 2018 or when we reach capacity.

Download CSO/AWEP Draft Agenda

For additional information, or questions please contact the AGOA CSO Network
Secretariat via  email:

Thank you for your consideration. And we look forward to your participation and to working with you in strengthening US-Africa trade and economic engagement. 

Hotel Accommodations


We have reserved a limited amount of rooms at the Washington Plaza Hotel which is located in the heart of Downtown DC. The rate is $169 for Superior Queen, and $199.00 for a Double/Double based on availability.

To book a room email

You can also call 1-800-424-1140 or 202 842-1330 ask for reservations and reference the AGOA CSO Session.

The AGOA CSO Network is an Initiative of The Foundation for Democracy in Africa (FDA)

FDA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Address: 1200 G Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC  20005

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