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December 7, 2022

Transforming U.S-Africa Economic Engagement into a 21st Century Partnership

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and via Webcast
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Hosting Organization: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Point of Contact: Hannah Akuiyibo, hannah.akuiyibo@wilsoncenter.org

The Wilson Center’s Brown Capital Management Africa Forum will host an event featuring U.S. and African public and private sector leaders and experts in a conversation about important issues in U.S.-Africa economic engagement and why they matter to the United States and African countries. This event will assess the progress of U.S.-Africa economic relations since the first Leaders Summit in 2014 and address key aspects of the economic relationship at the heart of the new U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa. Speakers will analyze some of the core issues shaping the U.S.-Africa economic partnership and offer practical recommendations for policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic. The panelists will address the most transformative actions policymakers can take to strengthen trade through mechanisms like the African Continental Free Trade (AfCFTA) and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), to seize opportunities and navigate challenges in digital transformation in Africa, enhance efforts to bolster food security, and reimagine development finance in a post-COVID Africa.

RSVP for Transforming U.S-Africa Economic Engagement into a 21st Century Partnership  


December 8, 2022

Elevating Voices of African Migrant Workers to Ensure Democratic Dividends

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Public Virtual
Hosting Organization: Humanity United
Point of Contact: Maria Kisumbi, mkisumbi@humanityunited.org

Humanity United is hosting a virtual event on the margins of the US Africa Leaders Summit titled “Elevating voices of African migrant workers to ensure democratic dividends” on December 8th, 2022, 9:30 am- 11:30 am ET. 
 
This virtual event will address systemic challenges that leave African migrant workers without access to their fundamental rights in the workplace as well as highlight strategies to uplift their voices to build collective power and advance a bold, vibrant democracy for all people. For more information or to register, please contact Maria Kisumbi at mkisumbi@humanityunited.org


December 12, 2022

Technology Driven Africa – Advancing the Digitalization Agenda

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Covington & Burling LLP
850 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20268
Hosting Organization: Corporate Council on Africa, Covington & Burling
Point of Contact: TBD

This Forum will focus on the drivers of Africa’s digital transformation and the public and private sector opportunities for collaboration toward achieving the continent’s digital agenda. By convening African Heads of State, U.S. government officials, and industry leaders from the U.S. and across Africa, the Forum will highlight the remarkable digital challenges and opportunities while advancing U.S. and African private and public sector partnerships to seek increased contributions to improving the socioeconomic landscape of the continent through technology.  The event will feature signing of agreements between U.S. and African private sector and government attendees. Attendance by invitation and registration only.

** BY INVITATION AND REGISTRATION ONLY **

Peace, Trade, and Youth: Investing in the Future of US-Africa Cooperation

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
George Washington University, Linder Family Commons
1957 E St NW, Washington, DC
Hosting Organizations: Search for Common Ground, African Union’s Youth for Peace Program, Social Science Research Council, and United States Institute of Peace
Point of Contact: Philip Oke-Thomas, pokethomas@sfcg.org

Branded, Peace, Trade, and Youth: Investing in the Future of US-Africa Cooperation, this event will give an opportunity to African youth leaders, scholars, and peacebuilders to lend their voices to what they hope to see come from the African Leaders Summit. This half-day event will feature multiple panels touching on democracy and elections, climate change mitigation, new industries in trade/investment, and digital technology in Africa. Please join us for multifaceted discussions on the future of US-African relations from the viewpoint of the next generation. Included guest and participants will be from the African Union’s Youth for Peace Program, the United States Government, development/finance institutions, non-governmental organizations, and civil society.

Register for Peace, Trade, and Youth: Investing in the Future of US-Africa Cooperation 

African Human Rights Leaders Summit

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Virtual – registration link forthcoming
Hosting Organizations: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Humanity United, POMED
Point of Contact: TBD

The event will provide an independent platform to raise and integrate the voices and views of African human rights and civil society leaders, as well as members of African civic groups and the diaspora, ahead of the Summit. It will consider ways to prioritize human rights and democratic governance in US partnerships across the continent and will aim to feed into the implementation of the broader US-Africa strategy.

Advancing Synergies between the U.S. and African Countries in Just Energy Transitions

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
Hosting Organizations: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Point of Contact: Africa Program, africaprogram@ceip.org

Climate change is a defining issue for the African continent and is sure to feature prominently at the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. this month. Synergies exist between the United States’ strategic interests in global climate action and African priorities for a just energy transition to a low-carbon future. These shared goals offer potential for job creation, increased productivity, and shared prosperity. What other opportunities and risks are involved in the pursuit of these shared goals? How can the U.S. and African countries advance this energy transition meaningfully for all nations? The Carnegie Endowment is honored to welcome presidents from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and senior U.S. government officials for a program on the margins of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. His Excellency President Hage Geingob of the Republic of Namibia and the Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Gregory Meeks, will share in a lively discussion on the United States’ global leadership in clean energy technology and African priorities for a just energy transition. Additional speakers to be announced. Registration is required for this event.

Registration for Advancing Synergies between the U.S. and African Countries in Just Energy Transitions 

A New Movement to Recover, Invest, and Build the Future Africa

6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Hosting Organization: Africa Mbele
Point of Contact: Pamela Johnson, pamela.johnson@africambele.org

Africa Mbele (AM) – the new leading U.S.-based international organization mobilizing the African diaspora’s strategic engagement in support of greater transparency and accountability in sustainable infrastructure investment and development—announced details for its inaugural Annual Global Transparency Day Awards Gala celebrating the vast contributions of the global diaspora in moving the economic prosperity of Africa’s future forward.  The AM’s black-tie Awards Gala will take place at the historic John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C., on Monday, December 12, 2022 at 6 P.M. 
 
Under the theme of “A New Movement to Recover, Invest, and Build the Future Africa”, the AM Gala will recognize both the progress made in the fight against corruption in Africa and bring to focus on a roadmap for the work still left to accomplish that is led by African leaders and the Diaspora. The AM Global Transparency Day Awards Gala will convene on the sidelines of the opening of the US-Africa Leaders Summit. 
 
The Gala brings together the diaspora and a host of distinguished notables including heads of state, diplomats, government officials, multilateral, business and civil society leaders, scholars, entertainers, journalists, and other leading figures for an unforgettable African-centered evening. 
 
During the ceremony, AM will honor the first recipient of the Africa Mbele Global Citizen & Humanitarian Award. This Award is presented to a leader or organization who has or is making a tangible contribution to the fight against corruption and embodies the mission of the Africa Mbele’s movement to integrate the African diaspora in accelerating the implementing policies and tools to support diaspora investment in innovative sustainable projects in Africa.

Conservation in Africa: Gateways for Human Development and Sustainability

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
By Invite Only
Hosting Organization: International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF)
Point of Contact: Roy Allen Howell, rhowell@issfoundation.us

ICCF will host a dinner reception on the margins of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, on Monday, December 12th, featuring leaders of African governments and co-chairs of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus, to discuss the conservation and development challenges that African leaders are confronting at a national and regional level. Invited guests include Members of Congress, U.S. government officials, and leaders from multilateral institutions, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations.


December 13, 2022

Connecting Climate Capital and African Enterprises

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Hay-Adams, 800 16th Street NW, Washington, DC
Hosting Organization: Telesto Strategy
Point of Contact: Alex Kruzel, alex.kruzel@telestostrategy.com

With increasing momentum accelerating corporate climate action and climate capital, significant investments are being made by U.S. businesses to spur climate-related entrepreneurship and enterprise in Africa. Recent initiatives include Connected Climate Entrepreneurs of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Partnerships announced at COP26.

On the margins of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, this convening will explore current opportunities for multi-tiered capital deployment, partnership pipelines, finance coalitions, and funding channels. We will showcase ecosystem-level opportunities for African entrepreneurs and enterprises and highlight regional climate-driven initiatives and programs.

Attendance is by invitation only. Request an invitation for Connecting Climate Capital and African Enterprises .

Trade, Investment and Debt in U.S. – Africa Relations

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Yours Truly DC Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037.
Hosting Organization: Afronimicslaw and Open Society Africa
Point of Contact: Sarah Vaugeois, sarahbrachtvaugeois@gmail.com

In 2025, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, (AGOA), which provides African countries duty-free access for over 1,800 products to the United States will expire. AGOA has enjoyed bipartisan congressional support since its enactment. Its renewal will be crucial in supporting Africa’s recovery from the economic downturn occasioned by the COVID19 pandemic, the climate crisis and the inflationary pressures sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 
 
The U.S. is also exploring bilateral trade agreements with some African countries. At the same time, African countries are implementing a continent-wide trade agreement, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, (AfCFTA). African countries are at an advanced state in their negotiations on the investment and intellectual property protocols. The consistency of bilateral trade agreements between individual African countries with the pan-African goals of the AfCFTA continues to raise concerns. 
 
Many African countries have also experienced unprecedented levels of indebtedness, a problem compounded by the multiple crisis referred to above. The variety of initiatives defined so far to deal with this indebtedness such as the G20’s Common Framework have proved far too inadequate. 
 
This public event is hosted by Afronomicslaw.org – the leading forum on international economic law issues relating to Africa, and Open Society Africa. Participants are invited to join us for a reception immediately following the panel discussion.

Africa To The World: Diaspora Forum Mixer

5:00 p.m.
Focus DC
1348 H Street NE, Washington, DC
Hosting Organization: TAB Productions
Point of Contact: tabproductions@gmail.com

The DC area has always been fertile ground for the most intelligent, driven and creative African leaders. On Tuesday, December 13th, as a side event for the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit, join us for an evening of community, connection and culture at the popular and African-owned social lounge, Focus DC. #AfricaToTheWorld is not just a hashtag…it’s a movement that celebrates the power of Africans around the world using their gifts to generate impact and change lives. This evening will bring African and Diaspora communities together for an evening of networking and continued dialogue about fostering stronger ties together.

Register for Africa To The World: Diaspora Forum Mixer 

The State of U.S.-Africa Relations: The People’s Summit

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
Hosting Organization: U.S. Africa Institute
Point of Contact: Dr. Tadios Belay, Tbelay@usainstitute.org

The U.S. Africa Institute (USAI) is a 501(c)(3) international not-for-profit organization established to advance the strategic relations between the United States of America and Africa through education and exchange programs. USAI helps foster greater understanding and build capacity and professional excellence in teaching, research, and cross-cultural collaboration utilizing in-person and virtual modalities between institutions in the U.S. and in Africa.  
 
U.S. Africa Institute is organizing ‘The State of U.S.-Africa Relations: The People’s Summit’ on Dec. 13th from 5PM EST to 8PM EST on the margins of the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington D.C.  
 
The State of U.S.-Africa Relations: The People’s Summit will host a week of art, speakers, debate, workshops, panel discussions, book signing and community conversation and mixer engaging people of African descent both in the diaspora and on the continent of Africa to discuss the U.S. Africa relations pertaining to education, development, democracy and peace building, public diplomacy, and U.S. foreign policy towards Africa. We will convene The People’s Summit to ensure meaningful participation and inclusion of Africans and the voice of the African diaspora are heard in any and all discussion about Africa. We strongly believe that discourse on Africa should be led by Africans, and fundamentally should include the voice of women, girls and young people in the diaspora and on the continent of Africa.  
 
U.S. Africa Institute will also host a virtual panel discussion on Saturday, Dec 10th from 8AM PST to 10AM PST titled “The State of U.S. Africa Relations: Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Perspectives”. Our panelists are Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni who represent Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe and Liberia. The Alumni will share their work and perspectives on the state of U.S. and Africa relations. Link to the event will be shared on our social media platforms on Twitter @USA_Institute and Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.     
 
The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will advance U.S.-African collaboration on the most pressing global and regional priorities of our day. It will reflect the breadth and depth of American partnerships with African governments, businesses, civil society, and citizens –partnerships based on dialogue, respect, and shared values that harness the ingenuity and creativity of our peoples.

Celebrating the African Diaspora: “Toward a Collaborative U.S.- Africa Policy”

1830-2030

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
1333 H Street NW,
Washington, DC
Hosting Organizations: Center for American Progress, African-American Institute, African Diaspora Network, The Africa Center
Point of Contact: Anne-Marea Griffin, agriffin@americanprogress.org

This event will bring together key individuals and organizations in celebration of the African Diaspora and will raise awareness about ongoing strategies dedicated to renewing and sustaining policy and advocacy efforts that prioritize Africa and African voices.  Invitees will include African heads of state, representatives from the African diplomatic corps and the African Union, senior U.S. policy makers, and members and affiliates of groups which recognize the strength and potential of the African Diaspora.


December 14, 2022

Women and IRF: Why their Concerns are Overlooked in Africa

1:00 p.m.
Institute on Religion and Democracy
1023 15th Street NW, Washington DC, Suite 200
Hosting Organization: Jubilee Campaign
Points of Contact: Scott Morgan scott.morgan@protonmail.com and Lou Ann Sabatier lsabatier@21wilberforce.org

The Africa Working Group and the Women’s Working Group of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable will be convening experts on religious freedom and gender to discuss the multitude of gender-specific IRF violations that women across Africa are subjected to on a daily basis, and why this intersectional narrative is imperative. Among the countries to be discussed are Algeria, Cameroon, Congo, Nigeria, and Uganda, where gender-based religious freedom violations manifest in the form of kidnappings/abductions, forced marriages, blasphemy cases, and obstacles to accessing education and justice. Most importantly, this event will seek to address why many of these atrocities disregarded and how we can outline a path forward.

RSVP to attend “Women and IRF: Why their Concerns are Overlooked in Africa” on Zoom 
Watch “Women and IRF: Why their Concerns are Overlooked in Africa” on YouTube 

National Black Chamber of Commerce – African Diaspora Business Forum and Networking Reception

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Naval Heritage Center 701 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20004
Hosting Organization: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Black Chamber of Commerce
Point of Contact: Jane Reindorf-Attoh, jreindorf-attoh@nationalbcc.org

This event will feature a networking reception and a panel discussion that focuses on the creative economy between the US and Africa.  The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) is hosting this event at the Naval Heritage Museum.  The purpose of this event is to engage the African diaspora community and introduce public and private sector resources that can be leveraged for long term success on the continent.  Find more information about the event at the registration link:

Register for National Black Chamber of Commerce – African Diaspora Business Forum and Networking Reception 

Cost: $300 for NBCC members, $200 for non-member

BCIU Ministerial Dialogue: Climate

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Conrad Hotel, 950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hosting Organization: Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU)
Point of Contact: Calum Hill, Chill@bciu.org

BCIU will host a private sector led discussion to explore key themes around the climate discussion in Africa. The purpose of the discussion will be to explore partnerships that grow markets and expand opportunities for U.S.  investment in Africa while advancing climate resiliency across key sectors in the region. The discussion will also explore initiatives that deliver growth and work to combat the effects of climate change. Areas of discussion will include: Protection of rainforest in the Congo Basin, Carbon capture and carbon credits, Climate Financing and the Circular Economy. Invited guests include the private sector, African delegations, the United State government, non-governmental organizations and international organizations. Closed Press and Invite Only.

BCIU Ministerial Dialogue: Food Security

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Conrad Hotel, 950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hosting Organization: Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU)
Point of Contact: Calum Hill, Chill@bciu.org

BCIU will host a private sector led event focused on food security and agribusiness to discuss how the private sector can partner and collaborate with governments to create greater food security. The war in Ukraine has caused challenges that will have a large impact on short and long term challenges in the African Agriculture Sector. This discussion will create the opportunity for the public and private sector to discuss financial mechanisms that can help address the immediate food crisis as well as creating long term solutions for sustainable farming methods. We will hear from private sector companies who are leaders in innovation and partnerships with smallholder farmers to combat challenges such as draught, crop protection and mechanization. Guests will include the private sector, African delegations, the United States government and international organizations. Closed Press and Invite Only.

BCIU Ministerial Dialogue: Healthcare

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Conrad Hotel, 950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hosting Organization: Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU)
Point of Contact: Calum Hill, Chill@bciu.org

BCIU will host a private sector led discussion to explore case studies of public private partnerships (PPPs) that have strengthened and created more sustainable health systems guided by the core principals of affordability, effectiveness and equity. The discussion will provide opportunities for collaboration amongst stakeholders. The dinner will discuss how health systems can and will continue to evolve and adapt to changing public health demands, national Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) action plans, the future of pandemic preparedness, and the interconnectedness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As well as how the United States continues to play an important role in strengthening health systems in Africa. Included guests with be from the private sector, African delegations, the United States Government and non-governmental organizations. Closed Press and Invite Only.

 


December 15, 2022

Global Diversity Export Initiative – Opportunities to Export to Africa

10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Hoover, Building, Main Auditorium, 14th/Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC
Hosting Organization: U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact: Larry Tabash, Larry.Tabash@trade.gov

This event will focus on Opportunities to Export to Africa.  The program is open to any US company, but there is specific outreach to African diaspora communities.  The main program will be 10:30am-12noon with various federal speakers and a moderated panel discussion with MBEs that are currently pursing business on the continent.

After the program concludes, there will be a brief break for a boxed lunch, and then we will have pre-schedule one-on-one meetings for the participants to meet with up to 3 Senior Commercial Officers from our posts on the continent and other federal agencies.  Meetings will take place 1pm-5pm in 15 minute increments.  The meeting schedule is being managed by the Global MEA Team.  Companies will be able to register for meetings after they have paid for registration.  Cost $50.

Register for Global Diversity Export Initiative – Opportunities to Export to Africa  

Capacity is limited.  No-on-site registration will be taken.

Investing in Africa’s Creative Industries  

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Virtual
Hosting Organizations: Atlantic Council, Semafor
Point of Contact: Alexander Tripp, ATripp@AtlanticCouncil.org

In partnership with the African Export-Import Bank, the Nigeria Bank of Industry, and Axxess, and in cooperation with Semafor, the Atlantic Council will host a public high-level event focused on Africa’s creative industries on the margins of the 2022 US-Africa Leaders Summit on December 15 in Washington, DC.

Over the past two decades, African markets have unleashed the most significant digital revolution globally. Those markets stretch across a continent that not only includes 17 percent of the entire global population, but also hosts the youngest population in the world: 40 percent of the total population is age fifteen or younger. With the development of streaming services, mobile banking, and digital currencies, the digital economy has become vital for African nations and their partners. In fashion, from Dior to Louis Vuitton, the luxury market is influenced by African culture. In film, successful movies like Black Panther feature African artists. Additionally, streaming platforms like Netflix and Disney+ have increased their reach to African audiences. In the music industry, Nigerian artists such as Burna Boy, Davido, and Wizkid have signed with major American music labels.

The event will feature leading artists from the United States and Africa, investors, business executives, academia, and government officials from around the world who believe in the power of Africa’s creative industries.

Partnering for Our Shared Future

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center, Washington, DC
Hosting Organization: Foreign Policy for America and Microsoft
Point of Contact: Kristina Biyad, kristina@fp4america.org

Foreign Policy for America (FP4A) and Microsoft are hosting an evening reception to celebrate the Summit’s achievements. Featuring keynote remarks from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, we will convene visiting African delegations together with Members of Congress, civil society leaders, and private sector partners to who share a commitment to a strong, forward-looking partnership between the U.S. and Africa. The key themes include:

  •  Supporting youth and next generation of Africans to lead;
  • Private sector leadership investing in industry that fosters sustainable and inclusive economic growth for future generations of Africans;
  • Connecting and engaging with African diaspora communities;
  • Partnering with African leaders and civil society;
  • Delivering concretely on the commitments and programs announced earlier in the summit.

The event will be closed press. Attendance is by invitation only.


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