Paul Ryberg is a founding partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Ryberg and Smith, L.L.C., where his practice focuses on international trade law, including in particular trade between Africa and the United States, especially under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Mr. Ryberg’s law practice also includes advising clients on agricultural trade, textile and apparel trade, Customs issues affecting a variety of products and import programs, and lobbying Congress on trade legislation.
Mr. Ryberg is President and a Director of the African Coalition for Trade (ACT), a non-profit trade association of African private sector entities dedicated to expanding U.S.-Africa trade ties. ACT has been one of the leading spokespersons for the African private sector in the development, enactment, implementation and amendment of AGOA. Mr. Ryberg has assisted a number of AGOA beneficiary countries in developing the AGOA apparel visa system that is required to export apparel under AGOA.
Mr. Ryberg has served as a member of the Steering Committee for many of the Private Sector Sessions of the U.S. – Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum. He co-chaired the AGOA Forum Private Sector Session held in Mauritius in 2003.
Mr. Ryberg has been a featured speaker or expert panelist at numerous conferences and seminars on international trade law, including a series of AGOA trade capacity building conferences sponsored by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in 2002 and a series of 11 AGOA training seminars presented by ACT in 2000 and 2001 at various locations in five countries in southern Africa. Mr. Ryberg is the author of numerous articles in various publications on U.S.-Africa trade and investment and on AGOA in particular. Mr. Ryberg is also the editor of the U.S.-Africa Trade Report, a monthly publication of ACT.
Mr. Ryberg is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. cum laude 1977) and Wichita State University (B.A. summa cum laude 1974). He was born in Salina, Kansas, USA in 1952.