New Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa Seeks Members
The International Trade Administration is seeking through Sept. 30 applications for membership on the new President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa.
The purpose of this council is to advise the president on strengthening commercial engagement between the United States and Africa, with a focus on advancing the president's Doing Business in Africa campaign, as described in the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa of June 14, 2012. Specifically, the council will provide information, analysis and recommendations that address the following issues.
- creating jobs in the U.S. and Africa through trade and investment
- developing strategies by which the U.S. private sector can identify and take advantage of trade and investment opportunities in Africa
- building lasting commercial partnerships between the U.S. and African private sectors
- facilitating U.S. business participation in Africa's infrastructure development
- contributing to the growth and improvement of Africa's agricultural sector by encouraging partnerships between U.S. and African companies to bring innovative agricultural technologies to Africa
- making available to the U.S. private sector an accurate understanding of the opportunities for increasing trade with and investment in Africa
- developing and strengthening partnerships and other mechanisms to increase U.S. public and private sector financing of trade with and investment in Africa
- analyzing the effect of policies in the U.S. and Africa on U.S. trade and investment interests in Africa
- identifying other means to expand commercial ties between the U.S. and Africa
- building the capacity of Africa's young entrepreneurs to develop trade and investment ties with U.S. partners
The council will consist of no more than 15 private-sector corporate members representing U.S. companies, including small businesses and representatives from infrastructure, agriculture, consumer goods, banking, services and other industries. Each council member will serve as the representative of a U.S. company engaged in activities involving trade, investment, development or finance with African markets. The ITA particularly seeks applicants who are active executives, though for very large companies a person having substantial responsibility for the company’s commercial activities in Africa may be considered. Members are not required to be a U.S. citizen but may not be registered as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act and may not represent a company that is majority owned or controlled by a foreign government entity or entities.