SPOTLIGHT: Washington, D.C. Roadshow Stop

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 USAID Administrator and former IGD President Ambassador Mark Green participated in the Fireside Chat, where he highlighted USAID’s engagement with the African private sector.


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 visitsengaging 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.

April 18 

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.


April 19  

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

Closing Remarks:

John Groarke, Mission Director  |  USAID Southern Africa



April 20 

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 or visit the U.S. Roadshow Tour web page.


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