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The first one hundred days of the Biden administration is an ideal time to update US-Africa policy to reflect global economic realities. This moment should be informed by the compelling growth and increasing attractiveness of African markets, as well as the US government’s gradual recognition of the need to facilitate investment and support US companies to effectively do business in emerging markets. To capitalize on this opportunity requires a meaningful effort to revamp US-Africa ties that must include 1) building on commercial policies started under the Trump administration, 2) facilitating green growth, and 3) deepening people-to-people ties, with an eye to harnessing the power of the creative industries.

This Africa Center event convenes leaders from the creative industries; green financing; and American corporations with African footprints for a conversation on strengthening US-Africa commercial ties. The event also serves as the launch of Africa Center Senior Fellow Ms. Aubrey Hruby’s new long-awaited report, Priorities for US-Africa Commercial Policy in the Biden Administration.

This event is part of the Africa Center’s Afro-Century Initiative, founded in partnership with the Africa Finance Corporation. The Initiative champions a novel coalition of African development finance institutions to forge a more authentic, optimistic narrative on Africa.


Ms. Mo Abudu

Chief Executive Officer
EbonyLife Media

Mr. Pa Ousman Jarju

Director, Division of Country Programming
Green Climate Fund

Amb. Demetrios Marantis

Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs

Mr. Olivier Puech

Executive Vice President & President, Latin America and EMEA
American Tower Corporation

Mr. Aziz Rahman

Managing Director & Co-Head, EMEA Emerging Markets Corporate Bank

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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.