If anyone has good reason to be appalled by Putin’s revanchist designs to raise the Russian empire from the ash heap of history, it is the people of Africa, having been for so long on the receiving end of the very kind of enslavement Putin is attempting to impose upon Ukraine. And now, thanks to Putin and his perverted dreams of restoring a mythical past, the lives of millions of Africans, already reeling from the COVID pandemic, are likely to be made even harder as his wicked war causes energy prices to soar and shuts down one of the world’s most important granaries. Read on our blog.
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The Africa Report, Oct 11, 2021; by Rosa Whitaker
A prosperous, healthy and self-reliant Africa, on a sustainable, carbon-neutral trajectory to industrialization and urbanization driven by its extraordinary natural endowments, is not a nice-to-have. It is a must-have. But the only people who can make it happen are Africans themselves, unencumbered by the self-serving ministrations of colonial powers, both the old and the new ones that pretend to be something else...We must first listen to Africa’s collective aspirations and respond impactfully, whether by creating tax incentives for private US investments in Africa or by leveraging our bond market to support Africa’s infrastructure development. Read on our blog.
Image Credit: Betsy Henderson in Oct 2020 Diplomat Courier article on US-Africa Foreign Policy
Newsweek, May 25, 2021; by Rosa Whitaker
No country in the world has developed economically with an aid-based model—why would African countries be any different? Our economic policy toward Africa is faltering primarily because we continue to welcome and build a dysfunctional network of aid peddlers instead of properly incentivizing trade and investment—proven catalysts for job creation and income expansion on the ground where it is needed most. For post-COVID reconstruction, we must reimagine what is possible in U.S.-Africa trade and investment policy. We must disrupt the antiquated aid model and build a bold new approach. We must incentivize the U.S. private sector to invest in Africa in transformative and mutually beneficial ways. Read on our blog.
U.S. News & World Report, December 4, 2020; by Rosa Whitaker & Gail Strickler
Many are looking to President-elect Biden's administration to drive a positive trade agenda that respects stakeholder input on issues such as labor standards and the environment. Trade preferences, if well designed, and trade agreements, if skillfully negotiated, are powerful tools both for improving the competitiveness of our workers at home and raising labor and environmental standards globally. So, who should President-elect Biden nominate as his USTR to tackle these challenges? Our unequivocal — and unbidden — recommendation is Katherine Tai, the House Ways and Means Committee's chief trade counsel, who previously served as USTR's chief counsel for China trade enforcement . Read on our blog.
U.S. News & World Report, November 2, 2020; by Jendayi Frazer and Rosa Whitaker
Since 2016, the Trump administration has energetically pushed a strong indictment against the WTO...With the WTO director-general post now open, the Trump team has hit the pause button...Okonjo-Iweala is a triple-threat in the realm of global commerce. She is regarded as an authoritative diplomatic voice in both the United States and the developing world...She would be immediately acclaimed by those impatient for a fairer contest in global trade, and immediately feared by those who have not been playing by the rules. Read on our blog.
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Rosa Whitaker held a candid conversation with former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) at the 2022 BOMA hosted by The African Union and The AfroChampions Initiative.
TWG President & CEO, Rosa Whitaker, on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, delivered her testimony at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade hearing on “Strengthening the US-Africa Trade and Investment Relationship,” with other key stakeholders. (November 17th 2021)
In this extended report, Russell Padmore of the BBC World Service speaks with Rosa Whitaker to examine the factors that influence American economic policy towards Africa. (July 27th 2021)
May 21st 2021
May 13th 2021 - Rosa Whitaker, CEO of The Whitaker Group, proposes next steps for the new Biden Administration in advance of AGOA's (The African Growth and Opportunity Act) imminent expiration in 2025.