U.S. Chamber’s Brilliant Leads New U.S.-Africa Business Center’s Mission to West Africa

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 8:30am

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant will lead a U.S. Chamber delegation to West Africa this week for the first time since the launch of the U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC) last December.

Brilliant, along with USAfBC President Scott Eisner, will visit Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria over seven days, meeting with leading private sector and government officials to discuss ways to promote bilateral trade, economic growth, and job creation.

In addition to last December’s USAfBC launch, the Chamber partnered with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) last September to start the U.S.-ECOWAS Business Initiative, a trade and advocacy coalition composed of American and West African companies engaged in increasing two-way trade, removing or reducing commercial barriers, and fostering a better understanding of respective investment climates.

“The U.S. Chamber believes that the private sector must be the driving force in advancing the commercial relationship between the U.S. and Africa, and that starts with building fruitful relationships with regional economic communities such as ECOWAS,” Brilliant said. “This visit is a big step toward that, and we look forward to hearing from government and business leaders on the tangible steps that  we can take to promote mutually beneficial economic growth and job creation.”

During the trip, Brilliant and Eisner are scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne and President Macky Sall in Senegal, Prime Minister Daniel Duncan and President Alassane Ouattra in Côte d’Ivoire and President Muhammad Buhari and Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun in Nigeria.

The U.S.-Africa Business Center is the Chamber’s next step to establish itself as the leader of the U.S. private sector’s commitment to Africa, with the goal of strengthening economic and commercial ties. Jay Ireland, president and CEO of General Electric Africa, is USAfBC’s chairman.