President & CEO at leading energy company, GE Africa, Farid Fezoua has named been named Co-chair of the United States (US) President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) by US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.
PAC-DBIA members, representing small, medium, and large companies from a variety of industry sectors, advise the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on ways to strengthen commercial engagement between the United States and Africa.
“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 the country’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,” he added.
US Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley publicly announced the new PAC-DBIA appointments in a keynote address at the Corporate Council on Africa’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Maputo, Mozambique, where business and government leaders from the United States and Africa are exploring business opportunities as well as discussing trade and investment policies.
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 US 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.
Commenting on the appointment, Farid Fezoua said it is a great honor to serve on the US President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa.
“I am delighted to co-chair this group bolstering economic growth through commercial and investment activities between Africa and United States,” added Fezoua.
“GE remains a committed partner in Africa’s sustainable development and will continue to invest in people and infrastructure across Africa,” he concluded.