2016 AGOA Forum

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law by former United States President Bill Clinton in May 2000. The objectives of the legislation include the expansion and deepening of the trade and investment relationship with Sub-Saharan Africa, to encourage economic growth and development as well as regional integration, and to help facilitate the integration of Sub-Saharan Africa into the global economy.

The 2016 AGOA Forum brought together African and American government officials, civil society, and private sector representatives to discuss current trade and investment relations and possibilities for future engagement.

Icarus International was pleased to share its vision for Liberia with US Trade Representative, Michael Froman, and Liberian Minister of Commerce Axel Addy.

Pictured above: Camille Jackson (Left) Honorable Axel Addy (MIddle) Major Clemens (Right) at the AGOA Forum
From left to right: Major Clemens, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Camille Jackson, and Minister Axel Addy pictured here in this photo at the State Department

Icarus International partner mentioned in Buzzfeed for volunteer work in Morocco

As a youth development volunteer, Gabriel taught English at the local youth houses, started sports clubs to increase extracurricular activities, and organized and facilitated life skills classes.

What opportunities did your time during the Peace Corps open up for you?

Peace Corps was a great help in getting me into business school. I will be attending Hult International Business School in Boston where I will be working to earn my MBA focusing on project management. Serving as a volunteer in Morocco created an opportunity for me to return to a place I consider my new home. During my service, I was able to learn Moroccan Arabic and learn about Islamic culture. I know I can always go back to Morocco, my second home, and reconnect with my community and friends or even start a future business venture there.

What are you currently up to in your career?

Currently, I am working for a small international development firm that manages assets in West Africa (Liberia, to be exact). I was born in Liberia, and I’ve always wanted to go back and contribute to rebuilding and creating opportunities so that the country can become prosperous again. We have around 2,000+ acres of farmland we are working on mechanizing in order to grow more crops to increase food security and eventually manufacture processed goods to be exported regionally and internationally.

Gabriel Itoka with youth from his Ping Pong/Chess Club at a regional tournament in Sefrou, Morocco
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