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The PAC-DBIA was established in 2014 to provide analysis and recommendations to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on strengthening commercial engagement between the United States and Africa. [File photo: EPA]
Officials in the United States have announced the 26 new members of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA), which will serve the council’s third term through 2021.
The appointments were announced by U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Karen Dunn Kelley, left, during a U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Maputo, Mozambique, where business and government leaders from the United States and African nations discussed trade, investment policies and business opportunities.
The PAC-DBIA was established in 2014 to provide analysis and recommendations to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on strengthening commercial engagement between the United States and Africa. In its third term, 2019-2021, the PAC-DBIA will continue to play a critical role informing U.S. government policies and activities across the continent, particularly in advancing the economic pillar of the Trump Administration’s Africa Strategy through Prosper Africa, which is a whole-of-government, economic initiative to substantially increase two-way trade and investment as well as support increased jobs in the United States and Africa. Prosper Africa demonstrates this Administration’s commitment to the growth of African countries and modernizes the way the government supports private sector opportunities.
The appointed members for the 2019-2021 term of the PAC-DBIA are:
• Andrew Inglis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kosmos Energy, Dallas, Texas
• Andrew Patterson, Global Manager for Strategy and Market and Business Development, Infrastructure, Bechtel Corporation, Reston, Virginia
• Andrew Torre, Regional President for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Visa Inc., Foster City, California
• Arjan Toor, Chief Executive Officer, Cigna Africa, Bloomfield, Connecticut
• Bill Killeen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Acrow Bridge, Parsippany, New Jersey
• Brittany Underwood, Founder and Executive Chairman, Akola, Dallas, Texas
• Bruce Hanson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Credence ID, Emeryville, California
• Chris Toth, President, Oncology Systems, Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, California
• Craig Arnold, President, Dow Sub-Saharan Africa, Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan
• Damian Halloran, Vice President, Infectious Disease, Emerging Markets, Rapid Diagnostics, Abbott, Chicago, Illinois
• Denise Johnson, President, Resource Industries Group, Caterpillar Inc., Deerfield, Illinois
• Farid Fezoua, President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Africa, Washington, D.C.
• Frank Mosier, Chief Executive Officer, Rendeavour, Inc., New York, New York
• Fred Sisson, Chief Executive Officer, Synnove Energy, Reduit, Republic of Mauritius
• Jake Cusack, Founding and Managing Partner, CrossBoundary Group, Washington, D.C.
• Jason Andringa, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vermeer, Pella, Iowa
• Jason P.H. Brantley, Director for Sales and Marketing, Agriculture and Turf Division, Africa and Asia, John Deere, Moline, Illinois
• John Nevergole, Chief Executive Officer, ABD Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Laura Lane, President, Global Public Affairs, UPS, Atlanta, Georgia
• Olivier Puech, Executive Vice President and President, Latin American and EMEA, American Tower Corporation, Miami, Florida
• Paul Marcroft, Chief Commercial Officer, APR Energy, Jacksonville, Florida
• Peter Sullivan, Managing Director, Africa Public Sector Group, Citi, New York, New York
• Raghu Malhotra, President, Middle East & Africa, Mastercard, Purchase, New York
• Rahamatu Wright, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shea Yeleen, Washington, D.C.
• Susan Silbermann, Global President for Emerging Markets, Pfizer, New York, New York
• Takreem El-Tohamy, General Manager, Middle East and Africa, IBM, Armonk, New York
“The United States is making real progress in Africa, and we remain a strong, long-term, and stable partner in the continent’s economic development especially through the Prosper Africa initiative,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “We are working to find solutions to transition aid-based economies to trade-based economies and to creating new pathways for mutually beneficial partnerships.”
The PAC-DBIA was established in 2014 to provide analysis and recommendations on how to strengthen commercial ties between the United States and the African continent, with an eye to creating jobs for both.
Members of a June 2018 delegation from the U.S. visited Ethiopia, Kenya, Côte D’Ivoire and Ghana. That delegation’s trip led to nearly $2 billion in deals, and new memoranda of understanding with four African countries to enhance bilateral commercial cooperation.Source: Africa Times / American Journal of Transportation