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Launched at the end of 2019, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has an investment cap of $60 billion and has selected Africa as a priority region for future investments. African peer institutions have taken a leading role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, yet the prospects for immediate recovery and sustained growth rely in part on increased cooperation between US and African development finance institutions and a concomitant boost in two-way trade and investment. This conference is intended to support the DFC’s mission by reaching a wide audience of US investors who are interested in African markets. 

Prosper Africa is the U.S. Government Initiative to substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa. Prosper Africa brings together the services and resources of 17 participating U.S. Government departments and agencies to help US and African businesses and investors identify new partners, advance opportunities, and close deals. Since June 2019, Prosper Africa has directly supported more than 280 deals to close across more than 30 African countries for a total value of $22 billion.

This session invites the leadership of US government agencies to weigh in on the status of the Prosper Africa Initiative as well as broader US-Africa commercial policy, with moderation and remarks from Prosper Africa Chief Operating Officer Ms. Victoria Whitney.

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Todd Abrajano

Chief Operating Officer, Head of Agency
U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Sean Cairncross

Chief Executive Officer
Millennium Challenge Corporation

Bonnie Glick

Deputy Administrator
U.S. Agency for International Development

Kimberly A. Reed

President & Chairman of the Board of Directors
Export-Import Bank of the United States

Moderated by

Victoria Whitney

Chief Operating Officer
Prosper Africa

Plus a message from

H.E. Idriss Déby

Republic of Chad

Welcome and introductions by

Continue to the fourth session of the Investing in Africa’s Future conference

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.