The Atlantic Council’s Africa Center invites you to high-level panel event on the outcomes of the 2021 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the evolution of the Chinese commercial engagement with African nations on Tuesday, November 30th from 1:30PM to 2:30PM ET. The panel will feature leading voices in African economic development and global engagement and will be the first public readout of FOCAC in Washington policy circles. Ambassador Rama Yade will give opening remarks and Senior Fellow Ms. Aubrey Hruby will moderate.

For over five years, US-Africa policy has increasingly been rightly or wrongly framed in the context of US -China global competition. While the White House is currently drafting a new Africa strategy, it is critical to ensure that the African view and approach to engaging with the Chinese is better understood in Washington and global policy circles. and this is an important opportunity to shape that agenda. This expert panel aims to dispel myths, inform US trade and investment policy and outline an approach better aligned with African realities and aspirations.

This public event will take place on Tuesday, November 30th, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (ET) and streamed live via Zoom. This event is open to the media. Please register below to confirm your attendance.


1:30 p.m. – 1:32 p.m.

Welcome and opening remarks

Amb. Rama Yade, Senior Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council

Panel discussion for FOCAC recap

Paulo Gomes, Co-Founder and Chairman, New African Capital Partners and Paulo Gomes and Partners 
Hannah Ryder, CEO, Development Reimagined 
Karim El Aynaoui, Executive President, Policy Center for the New South
Carlos Lopes, Professor, University of Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela School
Aubrey Hruby, Senior Fellow, Africa Center, Atlantic Council 

1:32 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
2:15 p.m. – 2:28 p.m.

Panel discussion and Q&A

Aubrey Hruby, Senior Fellow, Africa Center, Atlantic Council

Closing remarks

Amb. Rama YadeSenior Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council

2:28 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.

Program Close

The Africa Center works to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.