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Zambian Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Arrives in South Africa for 20th AGOA Forum

The Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Hon. Chipoka Mulenga, has touched down in South Africa in preparation for the 20th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, scheduled to take place in Johannesburg.

During his stay, Mr. Mulenga is set to participate in a series of crucial meetings, including the AGOA Ministerial meeting, which precedes the African Trade Ministers and senior officials’ gatherings. 

His agenda also encompasses the Meeting of African Ministers of Trade and Industry and the Commercial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Dinner hosted by the Consul General of the U.S. Consulate, among other engagements.

Ms. Mazuba Monze, Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, underlined the significance of the AGOA Business Forum as a platform for high-level networking and fortifying trade and investment policies. 

She emphasized Zambia’s ongoing partnership with the United States through the AGOA initiative, a U.S. trade program offering eligible countries in sub-Saharan Africa preferential access to American markets.

AGOA, at its core, aims to stimulate economic growth, alleviate poverty, and cultivate stronger trade ties between the United States and African nations.

The 20th AGOA Forum is poised to convene African Government Ministers, senior U.S. administration officials, as well as U.S. and African business and civil society stakeholders. Participation is not limited to governmental representatives; the private sector, civil society, and labor movements are actively involved.

AGOA is a mutually beneficial trade and investment partnership that enhances the development of regional value chains among eligible countries, contributing to the advancement of intra-Africa trade and development.

This year’s Forum revolves around the theme, “Partnering to Build a Resilient, Sustainable, and Inclusive AGOA to Support Economic Development, Industrialization, and Quality Job Creation.”

This information is contained in a statement issued by Tamara Nyirenda, First Secretary Press and Public Relations, Zambia High Commission, South Africa

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