After visiting three U.S. cities—Washington, D.C., New York City, and Des Moines, Iowa—on the inaugural Africa Investment Rising Roadshow, the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub team returned with dozens of new contacts and linkages as well as a few pending transactions.
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The Initiative for Global Development (IDG) organized the tour, of which the USAID East Africa Hub was one of three premier sponsors, along with the Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub and the African Development Bank. The roadshow offered a unique and unprecedented platform to boost trade and investment opportunities in Africa and highlight the hands-on support offered by the USAID's Trade and Investment Hubs to assist U.S. businesses and investors in navigating the African marketplace.
The Roadshow was the perfect opportunity to showcase the power of enterprise-led development and the Hubs’ role as a facilitator between businesses and institutions in the United States and Africa. The Hubs participated in all events of the tour and co-designed private sector panel discussions and structured B2B sessions to promote U.S.-Africa trade and investment linkages.
Events over two days in Washington, D.C., included a reception in the Dirksen Senate Building; various high-level keynote speakers; a panel discussion on mobilizing financing from the U.S. Government and private investors; and a private sector engagement session that featured top USAID officials including Oren Whyche-Shaw, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Africa Bureau; Beth Dunford, Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future; Matt Rees, Deputy Director for Power Africa; Greg Simpkins, Senior Advisor for the Africa Bureau. The team from the Hub also actively participated in the off-the-record Legislative briefing about AGOA.
Events over two days in New York City included a reception in the Thompson Reuters Building; various high-level keynote speakers; a panel discussion on investing in African companies and boosting financial inclusion for economic prosperity in Africa; a presentation about how the USAID Hubs assist U.S. and African firms; and an executive speed networking and company match session. The team from the Hub also actively participated in a tour of the Wall Street Journal newsroom and off-the-record chat with Reporter and Frontier Markets Editor Dan Keeler.