USTDA, AIF feature women as investment champions

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  • USTDA and AIF demonstrated how the relationship between the two organisations helps improve women’s leadership in developing sustainable infrastructure in Africa
  • The discussion demonstrated the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to Africa and focus on women’s empowerment
  • It also backed the U.S. government’s Prosper Africa effort to enhance commerce and investment between African states and the United States.

The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the African Development Bank’s Africa Investment Roundtable (AIF) co-hosted a forum of 40 female leaders who are delivering high-quality infrastructure solutions to Africa. It was held in Marrakech, Morocco, during the United States-Africa Business Summit last week.

During the forum, USTDA and AIF demonstrated how the relationship between the two organisations helps improve women’s leadership in developing sustainable infrastructure in Africa.

Additionally, it also backed the U.S. government’s Prosper Africa effort to enhance commerce and investment between African states and the United States.

At the closed-door meeting, participants included:

  • Female business executives from Africa’s private sector,
  • Representatives from the United States government, and
  • Representatives from international development funding agencies.

“It is of the utmost importance to get women together to discuss the opportunities that may be found in the development of infrastructure and in gaining access to financing. Bringing together women to talk about infrastructure development opportunities and access to capital, said  Enoh T. Ebong, the Director of USTDA.

Because of our relationship with the African Investment Fund (AIF), women’s entrepreneurship in Africa will be facilitated, and sustainable infrastructure will be developed to assist Africa’s long-term prosperity,” She added.

“What we’ve been talking about today is the challenges that come with investing and the solutions to those challenges. We also addressed how to develop collaborations across agencies, share transaction flows, and collaborate on the missing parts that will boost the investment in infrastructure on the continent. We intend to maintain this partnership as we move forward toward the Africa Investment Forum 2022 Market Days in Abidjan in November and the United States-Africa Leaders Summit in December,” said Chinelo Anohu, Senior Director of the American Investment Fund.

“The discussion demonstrated the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to Africa and focus on women’s empowerment in the lead-up to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in December. The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will take place in December. Banks also said that one of the pillars of the White House Summit will be the focus on women and connecting project sponsors with money,” said Dana Banks, Special Assistant to the US President and Senior Advisor for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

About the USTDA-AIF Partnership

USTDA and AIF signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in November 2021 to support high-quality infrastructure solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

It capitalises on AIF’s ability to mobilise money and USTDA’s focus on ensuring deal bankability through grant-making feasibility assessments.

As the two organisations share their deal pipelines, the MOU has already resulted in a mutually advantageous relationship to achieve long-term infrastructure projects in Africa’s long-term growth.

This partnership with USTDA will help AIF advance several of its ongoing priorities, such as its “Women as Investment Champions” initiative, which was launched in 2019 and resulted in the establishment of a separate pillar in 2021 for transactions that are not only founded and led by women but also have a significant gender impact.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency assists businesses in generating American jobs by exporting American products and services for crucial infrastructure projects in developing nations. USTDA connects American companies to export prospects by sponsoring project planning and alliance formation.

The Africa Investment Forum is the continent’s top marketplace for investments, facilitating deals to overcome investment gaps in Africa. The African Development Bank and its seven affiliates—Africa 50, the Africa Finance Corporation, Afreximbank, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the European Investment Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, and the Trade and Development Bank—have joined forces to launch this programme.

Prosper Africa

To give firms and investors market data, deal help, finance, and solutions to improve the business climate, Prosper Africa mobilises services from across the U.S. Government’s 17 partner agencies.

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Maingi Gichuku is passionate about helping African businesses grow by offering technology solutions. With a BSC in Zoology and biochemistry, Gichuku yearns for an Africa that can find solutions to its challenges. My drive is to see an economically dynamic Africa and embrace its populations by creating opportunities cutting across the social and economic strata.

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