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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 8, 2003


Third Annual U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and the Minister of Industry and International Trade of Mauritius, Jayen Cuttaree, will open the Third Annual U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum in the Department of State’s Loy Henderson Conference Room on December 9 at 8:45 a.m.

The forum will take place on December 9 and 10. The theme for this year’s forum is “Building Trade, Expanding Investment.” The forum will discuss expanding trade and investment relations between the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Trade, finance and foreign ministers from 37 African Growth and Opportunity Act-eligible countries, as well as leaders of regional economic organizations, have been invited. United States participants will include Secretary of Treasury John W. Snow; Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans; Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman; Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick; and Administrator of the Agency for International Development Andrew S. Natsios.

Following the conclusion of the forum, officials from the Department of State, the Agency for International Development, the National Security Council and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office also will hold an on-camera press conference in the State Department's Briefing Room on December 10 at 3:00 p.m.

Media representatives covering the opening ceremony should use the C Street entrance before 8:00 a.m. and the 23rd Street entrance (between D and C Streets) after 8:00 a.m. Cameras should arrive at 7:45 a.m. on December 9. Final access for all press is 8:15 a.m. Press attending the press conference on December 10 should arrive at the 23rd Street entrance, allowing adequate time to process through security before the briefing begins.

Media representatives may cover the opening ceremony and attend the press conference by presenting one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (White House, Congress, State, Treasury, Commerce, USTR, Defense, or Foreign Press Center); (2) a photo ID issued by the employing media organization; or (3) a letter on official letterhead from employing organization verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo ID (valid driver’s license or passport).

Released on December 8, 2003

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