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As the world glimpses a post-pandemic future, Africa’s economies must come back stronger to head off rampant food insecurity and unemployment and regain momentum toward fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals. Trade and investment deals with the U.S. will be even more crucial for injecting outside capital and new technologies into the continent’s business ecosystem, and ensuring effective use of Africa’s abundant human and natural resources. These deals must navigate both longstanding and more recent obstacles to ultimately transform high-potential enterprises into mature and reliably profitable firms.  

In February 2021, join Abt Global for a moderated panel discussion with experienced African and U.S. private sector players to discuss what it will take to launch and sustain trade and investment transactions as economies rebuild.


  • Eric Reading – Division Vice President, International Development, Abt Global, Rockville, Maryland, USA.


  • Robert Skidmore – Chief, Sector and Enterprise Competitiveness, International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva, Switzerland.


  • Ezekiel Odiogo – Head, Private Sector Operations, Africa Investment Forum, Office of the President (PAIF), African Development Bank, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Paloma Schackert – Co-Founder and CEO, Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA), New York, New York, USA.
  • Wilson Kutegeka – Founder and CEO, ClinicMaster International, Kampala, Uganda.
  • Pamela Bates – Partner, Securitas Global Risk Solutions and former Multilateral Trade Officer, Department of State, Washington, D.C., USA.

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