An eleven-person delegation from Burkina Faso is preparing to attend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forum August 24-27, 2015 in Libreville, Gabon. AGOA, a United States trade act enhancing market access to the U.S. for qualifying Sub-Saharan African countries, was recently renewed by the U.S. Congress until 2025. It allows many products from African countries to enter the U.S. duty-free. One member of the delegation is Mrs. Minata Kone who played an integral role in establishing a Burkina Faso chapter of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program or AWEP. AWEP is an outreach, education, and engagement initiative that targets African women entrepreneurs to promote business growth, increase trade both regionally and to U.S. markets through, create better business environments, and empower African women entrepreneurs to become voices of change in their communities. The U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso is pleased to support AWEP and encourages qualifying enterprises to take advantage of AGOA.