U S Department of Commerce : .S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Appoints New Advisory Concil to Advance President's Bsiness Priorities for Africa

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of 23 private sector leaders to the second President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA). PAC-DBIA members - representing small, medium, and large companies from a variety of industry sectors - advise the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on ways to strengthen commercial engagement between the United States and Africa.'Building stronger commercial relationships with some of the world's fastest growing economies in Africa continues to be a top priority for the Obama administration,' said Secretary Pritzker. 'Private sector engagement through initiatives like the PAC-DBIA is driving our efforts to expand trade, speed investments, build new technologies, and grow new and transformative industries across Africa.'The appointments are announced in conjunction with the second U.S.-Africa Business Forum. This historic event connects hundreds of American and African chief executive officers and business leaders, along with African heads of state, to discuss overall economic growth and to stimulate additional trade and investment between the United States and Africa.The varied, diverse, and accomplished appointees of the 2016-2018 President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa include:Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa* (Chair)Laura Lane, President of Global Public Affairs, UPS (Vice Chair)Walé Adeosun, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Kuramo Capital Management*Mimi Alemayehou, Managing Director, Black Rhino Group; and Executive Advisor and Chair, Blackstone Africa Infrastructure LPKimberly Brown, CEO, Amethyst TechnologiesTakreem El-Tohamy, General Manager of Middle East and Africa, IBMPeter Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg LP*Diane Hoskins, Co-CEO, GenslerDenise Johnson, Group President, Caterpillar Resource IndustriesKusum Kavia, President, Combustion Associates, Inc.Barbara Keating, President, Computer Frontiers, Inc.Bill Killeen, President and CEO, Acrow BridgeTom Klein, President and CEO, SabreJack Leslie, Chairman, Weber ShandwickEdward Mathias, Managing Director, Carlyle Group*Ross McLean, President of Sub-Saharan Africa, Dow Chemical CompanyJehiel Oliver, Founder and CEO, Hello TractorAndrew Patterson, President for Africa, BechtelMartin Richenhagen, Chairman, President, and CEO, AGCO*Fred Sisson, CEO, Synnove EnergyAndrew Torre, President of Sub-Saharan Africa, VisaDow Wilson, President and CEO, Varian Medical Systems*Rahama Wright, Founder and Chief Executive Director, Shea Yeleen**Denotes reappointed PAC-DBIA memberAs part of his commitment to deepen engagement between the United States and Africa, President Obama signed an Executive Order (E.O.) at the 2014 U.S.-Africa Business Forum to establish PAC-DBIA. The PAC-DBIA has provided information, analysis, and recommendations on U.S.-Africa trade and investment priorities. Such priorities include job creation in both the United States and Africa, developing sustainable commercial partnerships, building entrepreneur capacity, and keeping the private sector engaged in developing policies and strategies on investment in Africa. Highlights of the previous PAC-DBIA's recommendations include launching the institutional investor roadshow with several African countries and convening an East Africa cold chain symposium.U.S. merchandise exports to sub-Saharan Africa increased 19 percent from 2009 to 2015, reaching more than $18 billion last year. Total U.S. exports of goods and services to the continent of Africa reached $42 billion in 2015, representing total growth of 17 percent in the same period. In addition, between 2009 and 2015, U.S. goods exports to five sub-Saharan African countries - Ethiopia, Togo, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, and South Sudan - and U.S. goods exports to an additional five countries have increased more than 50 percent - Mali, Swaziland, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Benin.For more information, please visit www.trade.gov/pac-dbia.U.S. Department of Commerce published this content on 20 September 2016 and is solely responsible for the information contained herein.
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