Leaders Discuss U.S., China, and Africa Engagement in Innovative  Partnerships for Private-Sector Growth in Africa

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 8, 2018) – Global thought-leaders address capacity audience at Confucius Institute U.S. Center on U.S., China, Africa partnerships to advance entrepreneurship and employment empowerment in Africa. Amb. R. Brigety, Amb. Chihombori-Quao, Amb. R. R. Sanders, and Ms. Irene Sun discussed opportunities and challenges in trade dynamics, SME development, education, and vocational training.

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Speakers (left-to-right):

  • Ambassador Reuben Brigety (Moderator), Dean of George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs, Former U.S. Ambassador to the African Union
  • Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, Ambassador for the African Union to the United States
    • On Africa’s bilateral relationships: “you can’t think of any relationships in the world that could be more important than the United States and China.”
  • Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Congo and Nigeria, Author of The Rise of Africa’s Small & Medium Size Enterprises
    • “Cooperation for the US and China has to be […] in the areas of economic development […] in the social sectors that need the biggest help, and that means education.”
  • Irene Yuan Sun, Engagement Manager at McKinsey &Co., Author of The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment is Reshaping Africa
    • “Often the China-Africa discussion gets trapped in geopolitics […] nation-to-nation, but […] 90% of Chinese firms in Africa are private sector firms, not state-owned enterprises. […] It is this private sector engagement that matters most to African people.”

Note to Editors:

The Confucius Institute U.S. Center (CIUS Center) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution based in Washington D.C. with the mission of strengthening educational and cultural exchanges and fostering people-to-people interactions between China and the United States. The CIUS Center supports 110 individual Confucius Institutes (CIs) across the United States through professional development, strategic communications, and academic research support services. There are more than 500 CIs in approximately 125 nations throughout the world, (including 49 CIs in 38 African nations,) each associated with a university, college, or school system. CIs in Africa partner with industry companies to provide Chinese language development to employees and host job fairs for career development.

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Contact: Melissa Christensen melissa.christensen@ciuscenter.org 202-864-6485

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