WASHINGTON, DC - Tomorrow, as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, President Bill Clinton will moderate the opening panel at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The panel, entitled “Expanding Opportunities: The New Era for Business in Africa,” aims to explore the future of U.S.-African partnerships and identify new ways to strengthen business ties and enable greater economic progress. The Forum is part of this week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 9:15 AM to 10:00 AM
WELCOME: Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder and Managing Director, Mara Group
MODERATOR: President Bill Clinton
Aliko Dangote, President and CEO, Dangote Group
Jeff Immelt, CEO, General Electric
Andrew N. Liveris, President, Chairman & CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
Phuti Mahanyele, CEO, Shanduka Group
Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Throughout his Administration, President Clinton worked to help build a stronger and more prosperous Africa by helping to resolve conflicts, promote democracy, support human rights, invest in health and food security, provide debt relief, and integrate the continent into the global economy. In 1998, President Clinton took the first prolonged visit by a sitting American president, visiting Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana, and Senegal. In 1999, President Clinton hosted a four-day conference in Washington, D.C. that brought together ministers from more than 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to develop a framework for partnership in the 21st century. In 2000, President Clinton signed the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which led to a significant increase in trade; between 2000 and 2014, exports under AGOA increased by more than 500 percent. The Clinton Administration also invested hundreds of millions of dollars to fight AIDS and Tuberculosis in Africa through the Leadership and Investment in Fighting an Epidemic (LIFE) Initiative and the Global AIDS and Tuberculosis Relief Act.
Through the Clinton Foundation, President Clinton continues to work on many of the issues he prioritized while in public office. The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has helped reduce the cost of high-quality HIV treatment by upwards of 90 percent, expanding access to more than 8.2 million people worldwide, including in 30 African countries. The Clinton Development Initiative works in Malawi, Tanzania, and Rwanda to empower smallholder farmers to improve yields and increase income, reaching more than 35,000 smallholder farmers. Members of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) are working to address pressing challenges in Africa, making 933 commitments that include Africa as part of their scope of work, with a total estimated value of $39.3 billion.
About The Clinton Foundation The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, 20,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; 21,000 African farmers have improved their crops to feed 30,000 people; 248 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced in cities worldwide; more than 5,000 people have been trained in marketable job skills in Colombia; more than 8.2 million people have benefited from lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications; $200 million in strategic investments have been made, impacting the health of 75 million people in the U.S.; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made nearly 2,800 Commitments to Action to improve more than 430 million lives around the world. Learn more at http://www.clintonfoundation.org, and on Twitter @ClintonFdn.