Premier Calls For Extension of African Growth and Opportunity Act

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August 28/2014 Prime Minister Hailemariam on Thursday, August 28, 2014 called on American Senators he met here in Addis Ababa to support the extension of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

The PM held talks on agricultural development in Ethiopia, food processing, empowerment of women and health with US Agriculture Deputy Minister Krysta Harden and other five female senators.
The parties also discussed tourism, aviation, roles and benefits of women.

During the discussion the premier asked the support of the senators in extending AGOA, which hugely contributes to the agriculture and foreign trade of Africa.

The delegation leader, Senator Debbie Stabenow, appreciated the agricultural extension model introduced in the country and the effort being exerted to familiarize new technology.

The senator said she had visited successful female agricultural experts prior to meeting the premier.
She further said the delegation was pleased with the visit they made, adding that boosting the contribution of women to growth and peace through creating female leaders is essential.

The senator indicated that they are willing to assist the continuous growth of the country and in the provision of education for women in cooperation with Ethiopia.
With respect to the extension of AGOA, Senator Stabenow said support is voiced at both Congress and Senate, although decision would be reached later.

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