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General News of Saturday, 14 July 2018

Source: ghananewsagency.org

Reverend Akua Ofori-Boateng joins US Trade Representative Advisory Committee

Reverend Akua Ofori-Boateng, the Country Manager for ILF Consulting Engineers, has been chosen to serve on the United States (U.S) Trade Representative’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa.

The Trade Advisory Committee on Africa comprises American and African industry leaders and they advise the Office of African Affairs within the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

A statement from the U.S embassy in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency said after growing up in Ghana, Reverend Ofori-Boateng spent years studying and working in the United States before coming back to Accra.

It said her deep cross-cultural experience will provide a unique perspective to the Committee as it seeks to increase trade and investment and strengthen commercial relations between Africa and the U.S.

Mr Robert P. Jackson, the U.S. Ambassador, said “I heartily congratulate Reverend Ofori-Boateng on this high honour” adding that “U.S. trade with Ghana is increasing, and we want to see that trend continue, here and across the continent”.

Mr Jackson said “as a member of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa, Reverend Ofori-Boateng will play a key role in developing policies that would encourage African economies to thrive and trade, ultimately contributing to global prosperity and stability.”

The statement said “as U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross made clear, although the United States and African nations already trade an estimated $37 billion annually, this represents only a fraction of the potential that could be realized.

The Africa Office at the Office of USTR is leveraging past progress such as the African Growth and Opportunity Act, Trade and Investment Framework Agreements and targeted work on accession to the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement”.

The statement said with her selection to the Advisory Committee, Reverend Ofori-Boateng would provide key perspectives to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.