The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa Ramsey Day delivered opening remarks at the Africa Investment Forum’s (AIF) Investing in Commodities Exchanges session in Johannesburg, South Africa. The interactive session, organized by the Hub and the African Development Bank (AfDB) sought to increase the understanding of the benefits of regional commodity exchanges and to generate broad international support to finance a more transparent commodities exchange system across Africa.
Visiting USAID Africa Bureau Advisors Greg Simpkins and Mervyn Ellis from Washington, D.C., USAID/Southern Africa’s Takele Tassew and Evans Chinembiri, and representatives from the Hub conducted a site visit to Rugani Juice in Tarlton, South Africa. Thanks to previous market linkages made by the Hub, the largest carrot producer in Africa is now producing juice for the leading kosher food distributor in the United States, Kayco (www.kayco.com).
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency working to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America’s interests while improving lives in the developing world.
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