By Zainab Iwayemi
The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is set to feature Okonjo-Iwaela, Africa’s leading candidate for the director-generalship of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at the launch of its U.S.-Africa Health Security and Resilience Initiative, a two-year initiative which aims to bring together major U.S. and African leaders, corporations, multilateral organisations, foundations, and other stakeholders in order to create strategic partnerships, provide critical Africa health-related information, and facilitate trade and investment to strengthen Africa’s health systems.
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Titled ‘Strengthening Africa’s Health Security: Lessons Learned from COVID’, will hold on 15 December, 2020 and is expected to have onboard, other keynote speakers across private and public health sectors, including John N. Nkengasong, director, Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention at the African Union, board chair of Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, and Caroline Roan, president, Pfizer Foundation and vice president, global health and patient access at Pfizer Inc.
Similar to what CCA undertook on HIV/AIDs, more than a decade ago, the initiative is expected to establish a high-level private-sector task force, and focus on three key areas identified as critical pillars for strengthening African health security and building resilience: Disease response and management preparedness; Universal Health Coverage implementation in Africa, and Africa health sector trade and investment.
Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is a leading U.S. business association focused solely on connecting business interests in Africa. It has a broad membership that includes large multinational corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), both U.S. and African.