Ahead of the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. on August 4-6, 2014, the Cercle Jefferson, the Cercle Andrew Young and Africa SMB have organized a conference on Africa, the New Economic Frontier on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the George Marshall Center in Paris, with the support of the Department of State. Approximately 120 guests attended this event.
Speakers focused on the economic relations between the United States of America and Sub-Saharan Africa. The continent is more and more courted by its historical partners and by emerging countries. Africa, a changing continent, might well become the new center of world growth. The conference included two sessions: « Africa – USA: Which Partnership? » and « Africa: Transforming Economies? ».
The Cercle Jefferson is an association which gathers participants to the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) nominated by the U.S. Embassy in Paris. The Cercle Andrew Young is an association which gathers participants to the IVLP nominated by the African Regional Services of the Department of State. The IVLP is a three-week exchange program to the U.S. for professionals. This Department of State’s flagship program started more than seventy years ago and more than 4000 world leaders participate each year, to exchange of themes such as media, civil society or foreign policy.