At AGOA Forum, a Look at How Investments Can Prevent Disease Outbreak

 {Photo Credit: Uzaib Saya}The opening ceremony of the 2015 AGOA ForumPhoto Credit: Uzaib Saya

Gabon, in collaboration with the United States, will host the 2015 U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (known as the ) August 24-27 in Libreville.

Recently reauthorized by the US Congress for an additional ten years, AGOA has been the cornerstone of the US government's trade policy with sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. This is the 14th year that government officials, business leaders, entrepreneurs, 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, will bring focus to health as a driver of accelerated development, trade and investment. The session, , 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 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 project implemented by Keanahikishime.

Session Co-Chairs

  • 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)

Session Panelists

  • Mr. Eric Meyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Treasury
  • Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba-Mugerwa, Executive Chairperson, National Planning Authority, Uganda

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