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December 7-12, 2022

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

December 7, 2022, 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,

The Wilson Center’s Brown Capital Management Africa Forum hosted 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 assessed 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 analyzed some of the core issues shaping the U.S.-Africa economic partnership and offered practical recommendations for policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic. The panelists addressed 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.

Elevating Voices of African Migrant Workers to Ensure Democratic Dividends

December 8, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Public Virtual
Hosting Organization: Humanity United
Point of Contact: Maria Kisumbi,

Humanity United hosted a virtual event on the margins of the U.S.-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 addressed systemic challenges that leave African migrant workers without access to their fundamental rights in the workplace as well as highlighted 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

December 13, 2022

Connecting Climate Capital and African Enterprises

December 13, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Hay-Adams, 800 16th Street NW, Washington, DC
Hosting Organization: Telesto Strategy
Point of Contact: Alex Kruzel,

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 explored current opportunities for multi-tiered capital deployment, partnership pipelines, finance coalitions, and funding channels. We showcased ecosystem-level opportunities for African entrepreneurs and enterprises and highlighted regional climate-driven initiatives and programs.

Attendance is by invitation only. 

How Can the U.S. Support an Inclusive Digital Transformation in Africa?

December 13, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
Hosting Organization: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Point of Contact:

The African continent is undergoing a digital transformation that will shape African economies and societies for decades to come. Yet over 800 million Africans remain offline, including millions of youth who will drive the future of the region’s digital economy. The Biden administration’s “U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa” outlines a plan to bolster economic ties with countries in the region, and the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit advanced U.S.-African collaboration on the most pressing global and regional priorities of our day. How can policymakers, investors, and stakeholders in Africa and beyond best support the continent’s digital transformation?

Join the Carnegie Africa Program on the margins of the Summit as we hosted African policymakers and representatives from the U.S. government to discuss how the United States can partner with African countries to promote innovation and build an inclusive digital economy.

December 14, 2022

U.S. Africa Trade and Investment Forum

December 14-16, 2022
Location: Kellogg Conference Hotel, 800 Florida Ave., N.E., Washington DC
Hosting Organization: Pan-African Council, Afri Business
Point of Contact:

On the sidelines of the 2022 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the U.S.-Africa Trade & Investment Forum (#ATIF2022) was a high-level B2B and B2G event consisting of roundtable discussions, networking functions, and deal breakout sessions with investors to unlock financing opportunities and strengthen U.S.-Africa trade and investment.

The Forum provided the opportunity to connect with high-level African government delegations, senior U.S. government officials, CEOs, investors, and senior executives of U.S. and African companies. Access a trusted network of 100+ business and government leaders while discovering new business partners while discovering the resources and tools to facilitate business trade and investing in Africa.

Rays of Hope

December 14, 2022, 11:00 a.m.
Location: DOE Forrestal building at 1000 Independence Ave SW in the Media Conference Room
Hosting Organization: Department of Energy
Point of Contact: Kim Coloseus,

This event discussed the IAEA Rays of Hope flagship initiative while showcasing additional U.S. support for combatting cancer and other synergies between Rays of hope and other U.S. initiatives. The Rays of Hope Initiative has enabled many countries to establish and/or strengthen safe, secure and effective radiation medicine (radiotherapy, radiology and nuclear medicine) capabilities.

December 15, 2022

Gabon Business Awards – 1st Edition

December 15, 2022, 08:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Morrison-Clark Historic Inn & Restaurant 1011 L St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hosting Organization: Together for Constructive Actions
Point of Contact: Sosthene Akendengue,

Please join us for a side event on the margins of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to highlight Gabonese Entrepreneurship in North America. As part of the summit, the U.S. engaged with leaders from Africa on several issues, including regional and global health and food security. Having international guests at our event provided opportunities for us to share and exchange new ideas, strategies, and programs. We expected to draw more than 100 professionals, advocates, researchers, and others from major organizations, foundations, educational institutions, government institutions, artists and universities. This event was considered to be one of the premier annual conferences on Gabonese Entrepreneurship in the U.S and Canada.

The goal of this Conference and Awards presentation was to coordinate efforts, bridge gaps, and comprehensively examine strategies to give more visibility to entrepreneurship for Gabonese Citizens in North America and to educate on business opportunities and strategies for start-ups and active entrepreneurs. Proceeds from the Conference allowed us to further expand our services and bring us closer to accomplishing our goal of bringing Gabonese people together throughout a Fundraising Gala for Gabon’s Orphans. We looked forward to convening leaders from across the continent of Africa and the global development community to learn about Gabonese Businesses progress in America and to unite around the opportunities for continued investment. Please note this event was open to the public on the first day and by registration on the second day.

The Future of Africa Starts with Kids – Creating Local Solutions for Vulnerable Children

December 15, 2022, 09:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Morrison-Clark Historic Inn & Restaurant 1011 L St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hosting Organization: Orphan Care Ethiopia
Point of Contact: Naomi Haile,

This event focused on how we can empower local communities to address the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa. USAID’s Rebecca Levy, Acting U.S. Government Special Advisor for Children in Adversity, spoke about the U.S. Government’s Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity Strategy, and investments on behalf of vulnerable children. Orphan Care Ethiopia had experts on hand to discuss ensuring family care and appropriate services of children outside of family care (whether in orphanages, on the street, or in prison), as well as family strengthening support for families stricken by poverty, illness, and war. Topics covered included why responding to the needs of vulnerable children and families is crucial to the future of Africa; how we can strengthen social protection and social services systems to support these families; and how local volunteers can be identified, trained, encouraged, and strengthened by in-country leaders. Perhaps most importantly, this event discussed how we can blaze a trail for this vulnerable population into a bright and prosperous future.

December 16-17

Africa’s Future: University Partnerships, Technologies and Democracy, Investments, and Open Diplomacy

December 16, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: George Washington University’s Elliott School, 1957 E Street NW, Lindner Commons, 6th floor
Hosting Organizations: African Centre for the Study of the U.S., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy, University of Southern California; Center for African Studies, Howard University; Institute for African Studies, George Washington University; and Public Diplomacy Council of America
Point of Contact: Adam Clayton Powell III,

Forum on the future of African development, technology, public diplomacy, and university partnerships.

The Eyes of Africa’s Culture: The Secret Power of the African Diaspora

December 16, 2022, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Kogok Hall – St. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, 10620 River Road, Potomac, MD
Hosting Organization: The Gala Gabon
Point of Contact: Naide Obiang,

The Gala Gabon (GG) iss a cultural event hosted by the Gabonese diaspora in celebration of its culture and heritage; recognizing the power of African culture and its influence in the promotion of social and economic development and self-sufficiency. It also stands as a platform for African entrepreneurs and talents to showcase their contributions to the community. The 2nd edition of the Gala Gabon took place at the St. Peter and Paul Church, located in the heart of Potomac, Maryland, on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 7 P.M.

The Gala was an opportunity to pass the cultural torch to our next generation of leaders, to create economy-transforming partnerships between the diaspora and the continent and to advance the economic prosperity of the African diaspora in the U.S.

Among our guests were friends of Africa, African businesses, entrepreneurs, local artists, and talents; coming together for a memorable cultural evening.

Cost: starting at $100.

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