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PAC-DBIA
The President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) advises the President on strengthening commercial engagement between the United States and Africa.
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President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa

About the PAC-DBIA 

The President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) advises the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on ways to strengthen commercial engagement between the United States and African countries. Members are selected from small, medium, and large U.S. companies across the United States representing a diverse range of industries and economic sectors to serve two-year terms. 
  
The 2019-2021 PAC-DBIA was co-chaired by Laura Lane, Chief Corporate Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Officer for UPS, and Farid Fezoua, President and CEO of GE Africa, with Susan Silbermann, Pfizer’s Global Advisor for the Biopharmaceuticals Group and Former President for Emerging Markets, serving as Vice Chair. 

In its third term, 2019-2021, the PAC-DBIA produced several impactful reports to the President that will critically inform U.S. Government policies and programs to facilitate U.S.-Africa trade and investment and support job creation. The PAC-DBIA also conducted a series of insightful and highly attended public virtual events to share best practices for doing business in Africa. These highlights from the 2019-2021 term include recommendations to the President regarding implementation of the Prosper Africa initiative, a report of “Keys to Success” for U.S. companies doing business in Africa, a series of webinars amplifying the Council’s “Keys to Success” tailored to key economic sectors, and a special webinar on Enabling Women Entrepreneurs, and fact-finding roundtables with the President of Angola, and Ghana’s Minister of Trade and Industry.  

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We are seeking qualified executives from U.S. companies to serve on the 2021-2023 PAC-DBIA

The Department of Commerce is currently seeking applications for membership on the 2021-2023 term of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA). For immediate consideration, the deadline for submission is June 25, 2021. The PAC-DBIA advises the President of the United States, through the Secretary of Commerce, on strengthening commercial engagement between the United States and Africa.