aid & development

Top U.S. Development Agency Chief to Deliver Remarks on Engaging the Private Sector in Africa’s Development

Thursday, 28 Sep 2017


  • USAID Administrator Mark Green will be a speaker for the Fireside Chat. A Congressional Roundtable will focus on shaping U.S.-Africa trade and economic policy.

  • African Development Bank and African Export-Import Bank (Afeximbank) will serve as Collaborating Partners for the IGD Fall Forum.

  • Forum to host the Africa investor (Ai) Development Finance-Institutional Investor Roundtable.



Mark Green, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, will deliver remarks at the Initiative for Global Development’s Fall Frontier 100 Forum, to be held on Oct. 11 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

Administrator Green is the former President and CEO of the Initiative for Global Development (IGD).

African and global business leaders will gather on Oct. 11-12 for the invitation-only biannual gathering to drive action and scalable solutions on spurring investment opportunities to grow African companies and forge stronger business relationships between investors and African private sector leaders.

Administrator Green will speak in a Fireside Chat on how USAID can deepen its engagement with the private sector on the African continent and bolster investment opportunities for sustainable development and inclusive growth.

The Fireside Chat will be followed by a congressional roundtable on shaping U.S.-Africa trade and economic policy to improve Africa’s investment environment.

Sworn in as the Administrator in August 2017, he previously served as president of the International Republican Institute and was the senior director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. From 2007 to 2009, Green was the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania and had served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Wisconsin’s 8th District.

"We’re thrilled to welcome back Administrator Green to IGD’s Frontier Leader Network, where he will find old as well as new friends," said Mima S. Nedelcovych, IGD President & CEO.

"Mark is serving as USAID Administrator during a time of tremendous growth and economic potential in Africa and as the former IGD President he knows firsthand about the dynamisms of African companies and the continent’s thriving markets. We’ll hear more about how Africa’s private sector can play a greater role in fueling sustainable development," said Nedelcovych.

The opening day will conclude with an evening reception, sponsored by the African Development Bank, and will highlight a congressional delegation visit to West Africa.

The Fall Forum will also roll out a grassroots campaign on increasing U.S. investment in Africa, which is part of < ahref="http://www.igdleaders.org/initiatives/africa-investment-rising/">IGD’s Africa Investment Rising campaign, a dynamic multimedia effort aimed at changing the narrative on doing business in Africa.

Registration is open for the forum, which will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and Trade Center on Oct. 11 and Covington law offices on Oct. 12 in Washington.

Forum sponsors include the African Development Bank, African Export-Import Bank, Africa investor as Collaborating Partners; Covington as Platinum Sponsor; Ex-Im Global Partners as Gold Sponsor; and Clin d'Oeil Magazine as Silver Sponsor.

Media partners are Africa Investor, Africa.com, Africa Trade magazine, African Business Central, Afropop Worldwide, AllAfrica.com, Asoko Insight, Face2Face Africa, Pan-African Visions, and VoxAfrica.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shanta Bryant Gyan, Initiative for Global Development * email, sbryant@igdleaders.org * phone, 202-412-4603



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