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Transforming US-Africa Economic Engagement into a 21st Century Partnership

Please join the Wilson Center Africa Program for “Transforming US-Africa Economic Engagement into a 21st Century Partnership” on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (ET) in the Wilson Center’s 6th Floor Auditorium followed by a reception. The event will feature US and African public and private sector leaders and experts in a conversation about important issues in US-Africa economic engagement and why they matter to the United States and African countries. This event will be webcast and open to a limited number of in-person attendees.

Date & Time

Dec. 7, 2022
10:30am – 12:00pm ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


Africa is home to the world’s largest free trade area, to economies in transformation, and to abundant investment opportunities. The United States has long been a top economic partner of African countries, and this partnership is a critical component of the Biden administration’s Africa Strategy. From December 13–15, 2022, President Biden will host the second US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. to “build on shared values,” “foster new economic engagement,” and work toward transforming the US-Africa relationship into a “21st century partnership.”

Speakers will assess the progress of US-Africa economic relations since the first Leaders Summit in 2014 and address key aspects of the economic relationship at the heart of the new US Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa. They will analyze some of the core issues shaping the US-Africa economic partnership and offer practical recommendations for policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic. The panelists will address the most transformative actions policymakers can take to strengthen trade through mechanisms like the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA),  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.

We will engage these experts in a timely and lively conversation with one another and with the in-person and online audience.

Note: This event will be webcast. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we are opening this event to a limited number of in-person attendees. To reserve a spot, please select the in-person RSVP button above. RSVP required. Reception to follow.

Launched in September 2015, the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum provides a premier platform for substantive and solutions-oriented dialogue on key trade, investment, and development issues in Africa, and in U.S.-Africa relations. Convening business leaders and policymakers, as well as subject matter experts from the United States and Africa, the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum sponsors a series of public events designed to support the development of economic engagement and policy options that advance mutually beneficial economic relations between Africa and the United States. The Brown Capital Management Africa Forum is made possible by the generous support of Brown Capital Management.

More information about the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum can be found here

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Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.-Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our Africa Up Close blog, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more