Also on Wednesday at the 8th Annual African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk led a trade ministers' roundtable on how well African countries are able to use AGOA, World Trade Organization issues, regional trade integration, and other topics. Ambassador Kirk co-led the session with Tanzanian Trade Minister Mary Nagu. Tanzania is the coordinator of the Least Developed Countries group at the WTO in Geneva.
Ambassador Kirk applauded efforts toward regional economic integration in Africa, calling it "key to African competitiveness." He also reiterated the United States' commitment to a balanced and ambitious conclusion of the Doha round of WTO talks, and sought African ministers' perspectives on the round, AGOA, and other trade issues.