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Public Event

Powering Africa – A Conversation about Progress and Prospects

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:30am


Mimi Alemayehou
Executive Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Andrew Herscowitz
Coordinator for Power Africa and Trade Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development

Kamran Khan
Vice President, Department of Compact Operations, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Nilmini Rubin
Senior Advisor, Global Economic Competitiveness, House Foreign Affairs Committee

Moderated by
Ben Leo
Senior Fellow and Director of Rethinking US Development Policy Program, Center for Global Development

Last June, President Obama announced a new initiative which aims to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, a region where nearly 600 million people do not have access to electricity. The Center for Global Development is pleased to host an intragovernmental discussion of the Power Africa initiative and the related House of Representative’s Electrify Africa bill. Panelists will examine what has happened in the months since the President’s announcement of the Power Africa initiative and discuss the outlook for legislation, as well as short and medium-term plans for implementation by the administration.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.