Accelerating Africa’s Development through a US-Africa Trade and Investment Partnership

June 10, 2022
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Event Details

15 June 2022

12.00 p.m. - 2.00 p.m. EDT


The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) & Howard University School of Law (ADR) invite you to a hybrid roundtable:

Accelerating Africa’s Development through a US-Africa Trade and Investment Partnership

Date: 15 June 2022
Time: 12-2 p.m. EDT

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Trade and investment constitute a key pillar in US-Africa ties. US enterprise engagement has often focused on single countries given the absence of a large-scale One African Market. But the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has helped Africa find its place and its voice, creating a solid value proposition for businesses to expand across the continent. Opportunities in Africa created by AfCFTA include: 

  • Access to emerging markets and value chains including automotives, leather and leather products, lithium-ion batteries, clothing and textiles, soya, cocoa, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, mobile financial services, and cultural services. 
  • Entry through investment, allowing access to preferential treatment created by the AfCFTA. 
  • Harmonized regulatory, legal, and dispute resolution regimes that effectively facilitate trade and investment engagement. 


This hybrid discussion will address a new US-Africa trade and investment partnership as a development accelerator, with leading voices from development, academia, and business, to craft solutions for a robust partnership. 


  • John Woods, Co-Director (ADR Program), Howard University Law School
  • Ahunna Eziakonwa, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa Director
  • Dennis Matanda, President & Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor of Contemporary American Politics