Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai, Ambassador Sarah Bianchi, and AUSTR Hamilton’s Meeting with African Continental Free Trade Area Secretary General Wamkele Mene and African Union Ambassador, Suka-Mafudze

December 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Deputy United States Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi, and Assistant United States Trade Representative Connie Hamilton today met with the Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat Wamkele Mene and African Union Ambassador, H.E. Hilda Suka-Mafudze.  They shared their visions for further engagement and discussed ways to support regional integration, promote collaboration in support of regional value chains across Africa, attract positive investment on the continent, and improve African workers’ livelihoods and opportunities. 

Ambassador Tai, Ambassador Bianchi, and AUSTR Hamilton also expressed their enthusiasm for the AfCFTA initiative to negotiate a protocol for women and youth.  Ambassador Tai, Ambassador Bianchi, AUSTR Hamilton, Secretary General Mene, and African Union Ambassador Suka-Mafudze agreed to continue this productive and important discussion in the new year.