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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 26, 2001


African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick, Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans and Secretary of the Treasury Paul H. O’Neill will co-chair the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum on October 29-30, 2001 in the Loy Henderson Conference Room at the Department of State, beginning at 8:30 a.m. 

Secretary Powell will address the Forum at 11:45 a.m. along with his Senegalese counterpart, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio.  Their remarks will be open for press coverage.

In May 2000, the African Growth and Opportunity Act envisioned tangible incentives for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets and called for a ministerial-level meeting to continue the dialogue.   

Monday’s Forum will host trade, finance and commerce ministers from the 35 eligible sub-Saharan African countries. The Forum discussions will range from strengthening commercial linkages to sound financial policies to wrestling the HIV/AIDS pandemic to implementation of the Act and strategies to expand trade. 



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