The forum is expected to bring together United States and African private sectors to address gaps that might limit trade and investment.
The forum will allow the two regions to work together to fully enable entrepreneurs and companies to take advantage of existing and future opportunities.
The forum includes four major components: A private sector/civil society/African Women Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) session on August 9-13, 2013; ministerial meetings involving 38 government delegations from the United States and Africa on August 12-13; an international trade exhibition on August 9-11; and other networking activities of keen interest to business and civil society leaders.
“Through partnership between the US and African private sectors, governments and other stakeholders, the private sector session will help companies identify opportunities, execute deals and network with decision-makers in Africa’s growth across many sectors including agribusiness, energy, ICT, health, and infrastructure.”
A large US government delegation is expected, to be led by senior US government officials with expertise in trade and investment in Africa.
African governmental delegations led by trade ministers, foreign ministers and ministers of agriculture will be accompanied by a host of senior ministerial officials and business leaders and are expected to draw nearly 2,000 participants.
This comes as Kirubi turned down an invitation to meet with US President Barrack Obama during his tour of Tanzania on Monday.
Kirubi, who is also Capital Group Limited Chairman, declined the invite owing to the fact that Obama once again snubbed Kenya in his three-nation African tour.
The AGOA Civil Society Network was established on January 2003 at the end of the AGOA Civil Society Forum in Phoenix, Mauritius, with 102 member organizations from the United States, Mauritius, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Namibia, Mali, Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The network is a consortium of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), small-to-medium sized business representatives, chambers of commerce and other groups in the United States and Africa.
Its mission is to empower African people through their civil society organizations to work with governments and businesses to take maximum advantage of AGOA benefits on behalf of the citizens of their countries.