The IGD U.S. roadshow tour, “Africa Investment Rising: Building Momentum for Investing in Africa’s Economic Prosperity”, will kick off on April 18-May 1, to showcase the tremendous trade and investment potential in Africa and to build stronger U.S. and African business connections in key growth sectors.
The U.S. roadshow is a multi-city series of site visits, engaging panel discussions, and speed networking and company matchmaking among investors and business leaders to spur greater U.S. investment in Africa.
The U.S. roadshow tour will kick off with an evening reception on Capitol Hill, featuring Charles Boamah, Senior Vice-President of the African Development Bank. The morning session on April 19 will feature a high-level roundtable on “Mobilizing Financing from the U.S. Government for U.S. and African Businesses”, where a panel of leading officials from U.S. government agencies will highlight how businesses can tap into government and private equity financing to enter and scale in the African marketplace.
The Private Sector Engagement Forum session in the afternoon will put forth strategies to deepen private sector participation and engagement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other development actors, African government officials, and representatives from the private sector and civil society for inclusive growth in Africa.
April 18-20 – Washington, D.C.
6:00PM – 7:30PM
Dirksen Senate Office Building, G-50, 2nd St NE, Washington, DC
Africa Investment Rising Roadshow Tour Reception
SPECIAL GUEST: Charles Boamah, Senior Vice-President, African Development Bank, who is leading the Bank’s delegation, will speak about investing in the “High 5s” and the African Investment Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa.
9:30AM – 12:00PM
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
Keynote: Jonathan Nash, Acting CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Government Financing Roundtable: “Mobilizing Financing from the U.S. Government and Private Investors”
Geoffrey Okamoto, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Development Policy | U.S. Department of the Treasury
Edward Burrier, Vice-President of External Affairs | Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Lida Fitts, Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa | U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Eugene Cornelius, Deputy Associate Administrator for International Trade | Small Business Association (SBA)
Alex Dixon, Finance, Investment, and Trade Practice Lead and Senior Director | Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
1:00 – 3:00PM
Private Sector Engagement Forum: “Leveraging Powerful Public-Private Partnerships for Development”
Oren E. Whyche-Shaw, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Africa Bureau | USAID
Beth Dunford, Deputy Coordinator, Development for Feed the Future and Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security | USAID
Matt Rees, Deputy Coordinator, Power Africa | USAID
Greg Simpkins, Senior Advisor, Africa Bureau | USAID
C.D. Glin, President and CEO | US Africa Development Foundation
Scott Eisner, President | Africa Business Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Florizelle (Florie) Liser, President | Corporate Council on Africa (CCA)
Zouera Youssoufou, CEO | Dangote Foundation
Hon. Ingrid Olga Ghislaine Ebouka-Babackas, Minister of Planning, Statistic and Regional Integration | Republic of Congo
John Groarke, Mission Director | USAID Southern Africa
10:00AM – 11:30AM
Capitol Hill Visitor’s Center, Room 215
Legislative Briefing: AGOA and MCA Modernization Act
For more information and sponsorship opportunities for the U.S. Roadshow Tour, please contact Lara Bangs, IGD Manager of Programs and Corporate Events, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the U.S. Roadshow Tour web page.