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Promoting
US investment
in Africa

Join our October 16 virtual conference convening African heads of state, major international investors, and US government trade and investment officials to discuss how US investors can help finance the next big boom for Africa through the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and Prosper Africa.

On Friday, October 16, the Atlantic Council and the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) hosted a premier public forum: Investing in Africa’s Future. The first-of-its-kind event laid out the US administration’s all-of-government approach to Africa policy and underscored strong bipartisan support for the Prosper Africa Initiative’s expanded toolkit. Through a series of announcements and the launch of its historic $75 billion development strategy, the DFC  used the conference platform to concretely “advance investments that strengthen economic growth, technology, energy independence, and infrastructure in Africa,” in the words of DFC CEO Adam Boehler. The Africa Center announced its own initiative to support these broader efforts, championing a novel coalition of African development finance institutions to forge a more authentic, optimistic narrative on Africa.

The conference brought together eminent US and African stakeholders across five sessions, featuring remarks from Senegalese President Macky Sall, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, US National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien, US government agency heads, and the CEOs of African development finance institutions, among many others. The Africa Center was pleased to report an Atlantic Council record number of event registrants, and we thank the nearly 40,000 people who viewed our event streams and used our event hashtag #InvestingInAfrica to create over 20 million impressions on Twitter. We invite you to watch the recordings of each session, linked below, and to follow the Africa Center for continued programming in support of African economic growth and prosperity. 

Review the playlist of the conference

Session 1: Conversation with African presidents

A panel of heads of state spotlights African markets as priority destinations for investment.

FRI, OCT 16, 2020 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Session 2: Financing African development

African development finance institution CEOs discuss their organizations’ role in post-COVID recovery and growth.

FRI, OCT 16, 2020 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Session 3: Propelling Prosper Africa

Senior US officials discuss the status of the Prosper Africa Initiative and US-Africa commercial policy.

FRI, OCT 16, 2020 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Session 4: Advancing African women’s empowerment

Luminary women highlight the power of investing in African women.

FRI, OCT 16, 2020 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Session 5: Launching DFC’s development strategy

DFC executives outline the organization’s new development strategy, in conversation with relevant stakeholders.

FRI, OCT 16, 2020 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Read the recap

Fri, Oct 16, 2020

The US government makes its big push for investment in Africa

Buoyed by bipartisan commitment and a new government agency, the United States has taken new and significant steps to help drive investment in Africa, strengthen the region’s dynamic economies, create lucrative opportunities for US and African businesses, and advance US foreign-policy goals in the region.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Africa Future of Work

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.

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Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Meet three entrepreneurs creating impact in African markets

The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) invests in companies and projects in lower and middle income countries, including emerging economies in Africa, to address critical global and regional challenges. Mr. Terry Kier, Mr. Ziad Oueslati, and Ms. Sheeba Philip joined Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby to share about their companies, their models, and how the DFC’s support has impacted their companies’ growth.

AfricaSource by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business

Fri, Oct 16, 2020

Financing African trade and development: An interview with TDB Group President & CEO Admassu Tadesse

The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has been financing trade and development projects and promoting economic integration and prosperity in the region since 1985. Watch an interview below between Mr. Admassu Tadesse, president and chief executive officer of TDB Group and Ms. Aubrey Hruby, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. Mr. Tadesse covers what makes TDB unique and different, the role African development finance institutions (DFIs) play in returning the African continent to economic growth post-COVID, how TDB can interface with US investors, and ways DFIs can be catalytic in increasing capital flows to African markets.

AfricaSource by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business

Fri, Oct 16, 2020

Reducing Africa’s infrastructure deficit: An interview with AFC President & CEO Samaila Zubairu

The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a pan-African development finance institution, has been developing and financing infrastructure, natural resources, and industrial assets to increase economic prosperity and growth across the continent since 2007. Watch Samaila Zubairu, president and chief executive officer of the Africa Finance Corporation, join Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby for an interview to discuss AFC’s investment philosophy, innovation, and future growth, along with the critical role of African development finance institutions in improving economic prosperity.

AfricaSource by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business

Fri, Oct 16, 2020

The US government makes its big push for investment in Africa

Buoyed by bipartisan commitment and a new government agency, the United States has taken new and significant steps to help drive investment in Africa, strengthen the region’s dynamic economies, create lucrative opportunities for US and African businesses, and advance US foreign-policy goals in the region.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Africa Future of Work

Fri, Oct 16, 2020

Transcript: Investing in Africa’s future, a conversation with African presidents

Immediate recovery and sustained growth in Africa after the pandemic rely in part on increased cooperation between US and African development finance institutions and a concomitant boost in two-way trade and investment. African leaders share their insights about their work with the US International Development Finance Corporation and how it will impact their countries.

Investing in Africa’s Future Conference by Atlantic Council

Africa Economy & Business

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

An interview with US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy

US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Tibor Nagy, joins Atlantic Council Africa Center Director of Programs and Studies Ms. Bronwyn Bruton to discuss bipartisan support for increased US trade and investment in African countries.

AfricaSource by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Meet the DFC’s Africa Investment Advisors

Watch interviews with the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation’s new Africa Investment Advisors, charged with advancing investment and expanding the DFC’s portfolio on the continent. The DFC’s Africa Investment Advisor program, launched in 2020, is implemented in partnership with CrossBoundary LLC.

AfricaSource by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business

Mon, Oct 12, 2020

An overview of DFC operations in African markets

Regional Director for Africa at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Vibhuti Jain, joins Atlantic Council Africa Center Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby to provide an overview of the U.S. DFC’s operations in African markets and the new Africa Investment Advisors program ahead of the Investing in Africa’s Future Conference.

AfricaSource by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business