Largest-Ever U.S. Business Delegation to Namibia Arrives.


Windhoek – On Monday, the 28th of February, representatives of various important U.S. companies will begin an exploration of commercial and investment opportunities in Namibia. The visit will be led by Ms. Akunna Cook, a visiting senior State Department official responsible for the United States’ economic diplomacy across Africa. She will head the delegation, including representatives of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Power Africa, and the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa.

The business delegation comprises major American firms operating in the areas of engineering and construction as well as health, energy, and. Ms. Cook and the business delegation will meet with Namibian government officials and prospective Namibian business partners. In collaboration, the group will discuss potential opportunities shortly for projects ranging from infrastructure improvements, green hydrogen, and advances in health systems.

The U.S. Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires Jessica Long said, “American businesses bring the most advanced skills and highest standards of products and service. This business delegation has American experts in infrastructure development and renewable energy development such as green hydrogen and solar and healthcare management. I see huge opportunities in Namibia in these areas, which could fuel Namibia’s economic expansion. American firms also believe in Corporate Social Responsibility. They contribute significantly to the countries where they operate by hiring locals and educating Namibians in various skills.”


Charge of Affaires Jessica Long and Ms. Cook will also be hosting an event for Namibian network entrepreneurs to connect them to resources for scaling up their business. One of these options is the USAID TradeHub, which helps entrepreneurs start exports destined for South Africa and the United States.

Ms. Akunna Cook is a Deputy Assistant Secretary in State Department’s Africa Bureau. she is also in charge of the U.S. Administration’s leader in foreign policies in the Southern Africa region and on economic policies for the entire continent of Africa. Namibia is the final destination during the Prosper Africa economic diplomacy visit to the area that comprises Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Namibia.

This is the first of an ongoing series of economic diplomacy trips that the State Department will undertake to increase U.S. trade and investment with Africa as part of the government-wide Prosper Africa project.

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