By and and  on August 4, 2009

WASHINGTON — U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk plans to encourage sub-Saharan African countries to reduce their dependence on apparel production as an economic growth engine when he kicks off a visit to the continent today.

Kirk is to take part in the eighth annual African Growth & Opportunity Act forum in Nairobi through Thursday, where he is scheduled to confer with trade ministers from 40 African countries, as well as private sector executives, to discuss challenges and strategies for advancing economic development.

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