|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2014
Anna Humphrey | (703) 875-4357
USTDA TO HOST AFRICAN LEADERS' VISITS TO THE UNITED STATES IN JULY
Highlights Importance of Infrastructure Investments to Economic Growth Ahead of U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency, along with 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 in Washington, DC hosted by President Obama. The African Leaders' Visits are designed to share the United States' experience fostering economic growth through key infrastructure investments by highlighting U.S. expertise in the transportation and energy sectors through site visits to Chicago, IL and Houston, TX, respectively, from July 30 to August 1, 2014. The Visits will be the only commercially-focused Summit events to take African delegates to major U.S. cities outside of Washington, DC.
USTDA and the U.S. Department of Transportation will co-host the African Leaders' Visit: Transport for delegates from Angola, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa, who have recently announced plans for significant near-term expansions in both rail and aviation infrastructure. Representatives from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have also been invited to participate in the Visit, which will include tours of major transportation systems and projects in the city of Chicago, IL. Chicago's economic strength, like many cities throughout the United States, was built by its strong transportation connections to trading partners across the country and around the world. Its aviation and rail links have enabled an interior city to become a major port for the movement of goods and passengers. Individuals and organizations interested in the Visit may contact ALVTransport@ustda.gov for more information.
USTDA and the U.S. Department of Energy will co-host the African Leaders' Visit: Energy for delegates from Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania, who are facing important decisions on how best to develop significant recent natural gas discoveries. Representatives from the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), the East African Community (EAC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have also been invited to participate in the Visit, which will include tours of major gas infrastructure sites near Houston, TX. Houston is known as the "Energy Capital of the World" because almost half of its economic activity is driven by the energy industry. In recent years, new natural gas discoveries have prompted the development of infrastructure that has maximized the area's resources and created an economic boom. Individuals and organizations interested in the Visit may contact ALVEnergy@ustda.gov for more information.
Additional information and updates about the African Leaders' Visits may be found at www.ustda.gov/africanleadersvisits or on social media using the hashtag #AfricanLeadersVisits.
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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.
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