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USTR Robert Lighthizer Closing Statement on 2017 AGOA Forum

August 10, 2017

Lomé, Togo – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released the following statement on the conclusion of the 16th annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, held August 8-10.

"It's been an honor to represent the American people at the AGOA Forum. President Trump is committed to strengthening our relationship with the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. I thank the Togolese people for their hospitality and look forward to reinforcing ties between our governments, businesses, and communities in the United States and Africa. 

“Africa is better positioned than ever before to sell to and buy from the United States.  Since AGOA came into effect, regional real GDP has more than doubled and robust economic growth has helped reduce poverty and raise living standards across the continent.

“Bilateral trade that benefit both U.S. and African exporters and service providers lies at the core of our Africa trade policy. I encourage our AGOA partners to promote fair trade, foster an improved business environment, and create economic opportunity that lays the groundwork for the next stage in the U.S.-Africa trade relationship.”