Melvin P. Foote and the Board of Directors of the Constituency for Africa (CFA), welcomed sponsors and participants to the 2017 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series. H.E. Arikana Chihombori, Permanent Representative of the African Union (AU) Mission to the United States, hosted the policy roundtables and for her continued support of CFA and our initiatives.
The Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series is named after the late, Honorable Ronald H. Brown, who was the first African-American to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department.
The theme of this year’s Series is: Mobilizing the Diaspora in Support of the US – Africa Agenda. For the first three days (September 18-20th), we will convene roundtables on a range of key issues, including Democracy & Governance, Agriculture, Healthcare Infrastructure, Next Generation Leadership, and Trade & Investment.
“The relationship between the United States and Africa has always been dynamic and unpredictable, to say the least. Facts on the ground in Africa and political realities in the United States are certainly drivers. CFA plans for the RHB Series to be a forum where issues can be analyzed and addressed, and recommendations going forward can be proposed,” stated Mr. Melvin P. Foote, CFA’s Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer.
Speakers for this year’s Series include: Congresswoman Karen Bass, Honorable Ronald V. Dellums, Ambassador Jendayi Frazer, Gena Bradford, Renato Almeida, Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety, Jeannine B. Scott, Harriet Shangarai, the Honorable Donna Christensen, and many more.
For over 26 years, CFA has established itself as one of the leading organizations in the U.S. committed to educating and mobilizing individuals and institutions in North America and throughout the Diaspora on issues of critical importance to Africa, as defined by Africans.
CFA’s major annual event is the Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series. Over the years, this Series has convened hundreds of workshops and forums that have focused on advocacy, analysis of government policy initiatives, knowledge transfer, and the mobilization of public and private sector groups.