African Leaders' Visits

USTDA and its interagency partners will host two African Leaders' Visits to the United States as official events on the occasion of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama. The Visits are designed to share the United States' experience fostering economic growth through key infrastructure investments by highlighting U.S. expertise in transportation and energy.

As the only events to take African delegates to major U.S. cities outside of Washington, DC on the occasion of President Obama's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the African Leaders' Visits were recently featured on the White House blog.

African Leaders' Visit: Transport

Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Department of Transportation
Secretary Foxx

USTDA Director Zak and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony R. Foxx will co-host the African Leaders' Visit: Transport for ministers who have recently announced plans for significant near-term expansions in both rail and aviation infrastructure. The Visit will introduce delegates to policymakers, financiers, technical experts, and equipment and services suppliers from the U.S. aviation and rail sectors. Meetings and site visits will showcase Chicago's position as a rail and aviation hub and offer participants a chance to see a confluence of advanced transportation infrastructure.

Delegates included:

  • His Excellency Amar Ghoul, Minister of Transport, Government of People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
  • His Excellency Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister of Transport, Government of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • His Excellency Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
  • Her Excellency Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Transport, Republic of South Africa
  • His Excellency Augusto da Silva Tomás, Minister of Transport, Republic of Angola
  • His Excellency Senator Idris Audu Umar, Minister of Transport, Government of Federal Republic of Nigeria


Dates: July 30 – August 1, 2014
Location:  Chicago, IL
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The Business Council for International Understanding is organizing the African Leaders' Visit: Transport on behalf of USTDA.

African Leaders' Visit: Energy

USTDA and U.S. Department of Energy will co-host African Leaders' Visit: Energy for ministers facing important decisions on how best to develop recent discoveries of significant natural gas reserves. The Visit will showcase U.S. experience in developing its natural gas sector, as well as opportunities for strengthening partnerships with the United States as the countries harness their newly discovered resources and build critical supporting infrastructure. It will also emphasize the need for good governance and transparency to ensure a sound marketplace. Site visits near Houston, TX will showcase gas infrastructure installations and pipeline architecture.

Delegates included:

  • His Excellency Davis Chirchir, Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum, Republic of Kenya
  • The Honorable Governor Josphat Nanok, Turkana County, Republic of Kenya
  • His Excellency Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, Minister of Energy and Minerals, United Republic of Tanzania

 July 30 – August 1, 2014
Location: Houston, TX
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The Webster Group is organizing the African Leaders' Visit: Energy on behalf of USTDA.