Diversifying Trade in Africa: The Road to Progress
A conversation with:

Aubrey Hruby
Senior Fellow, Africa Center
Atlantic Council 

Temitope Iluyemi
Associate Director, Global Government Relations and Public Policy, Sub-Saharan Africa
Proctor & Gamble

Michael Lally
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa​
US Department of Commerce​

Leila Ndiaye
Director of Policy, African Affairs
US Chamber of Commerce
Additional speakers may be confirmed 

Moderated by:

J. Peter Pham
Director, Africa Center
Atlantic Council


As World Trade Organization members prepare to meet in Nairobi, Kenya for their 2015 Ministerial, trade and industry will be at the top of the agenda—particularly among representatives of Africa's rapidly growing economies.  

Africa is home to thirty-three of the world’s least developed countries and accounted for only 3 percent of global trade in 2014. But increased trade could transform the continent, and African nations that have implemented reforms supporting the free movement of goods, capital, and people have reaped a substantial development dividend and are ranked among the fastest growing economies in the world. 

The recent plummet of global demand for commodities, along with China’s significantly slowing growth, will test the progress that successful but resource-driven African entities have achieved and especially challenge those that have relied on a small range of products and partners.  
A new study, authored by Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby, examines the current state of trade in Africa, identifies obstacles hindering economic diversification and growth, addresses the economic and geopolitical implications of the global collapse of commodity demand and China’s recent slowdown, as well as how regional trade agreements and regional economic communities offer better opportunities for African economies to unlock growth.  

This event is on-the-record and open for press coverage; members of the media should contact press@AtlanticCouncil.org to register.

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