At the second U.S.-Africa Business Forum taking place in New York last week, U.S Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced that GE Africa’s President & CEO, Jay Ireland, has been appoint as chair of the second President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa or PAC-DBIA.
The Council, which represents companies both large and small across a number of industry sectors, advises the President through the Secretary of Commerce om ways to strengthen commercial ties and engagement between the United States and Africa.
“Building stronger commercial relationships with some of the world’s fastest growing economies in Africa continues to be a top priority for the Obama administration,” said Secretary Pritzker. “Private sector engagement through initiatives like the PAC-DBIA is driving our efforts to expand trade, speed investments, build new technologies, and grow new and transformative industries across Africa.”
Speaking on the appointment, Jay Ireland said “I am truly honored to continue serving on the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. “I am delighted to chair this group strengthening commercial links between Africa and U.S. for economic growth. GE is proud to remain a steadfast partner in Africa’s sustainable growth and will continue to invest in people and infrastructure across Africa.”