Minister Mary’s Ng recent mandate letter from Prime Minister Trudeau confirmed both an Africa strategy and Canada's support for AfCFTA implementation. Hon. Ng’s objectives include: ‘’Developing a strategy for economic cooperation across Africa, including support for the African Continental Free Trade Area, facilitation of increased infrastructure investment and expansion of partnerships in research and innovation.’’
The Chamber is pleased to support the realization of these objectives for accelerated Canada-Africa trade and investment - through our mission of world-class networking and information-sharing events.
We continue to explore Canada's role as a trusted partner in the world's largest free trade agreement by countries participating, with a short, medium and long-term view of the opportunities for Canadian business and Africa's 1.3 billion people.
MP Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Rob Oliphant was elected as the Member of Parliament for Don Valley West in 2015. He had previously served as Member of Parliament for the riding from 2008 to 2011.
Susan Namulindwa, Vice President, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business
Susan heads the Africa Trade Desk and is primarily based in Ottawa
Dr. Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional integration and trade division, UNECA
Stephen Karingi is currently the Director, Regional Integration and Trade Division of the Economic Commission for Africa. He joined the United Nations in April 2004. Before joining the United Nations, Dr. Karingi was a Senior Analyst and the Head of Macroeconomics Division in the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), a Public Policy Think-Tank
Sebastian Spio-Garbrah - Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, The Special Trade & Investment Envoy of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business to The African Continental Free Trade Secretariat, Accra - Ghana
Sebastian Spio-Garbrah is Global Managing Director & Chief Frontier Markets Analyst at DaMina Advisors and leads the Chamber's promotion of free trade to the African Union. He has been recognized as one of the world’s leading frontier markets analysts, was voted among the ‘Top 30 under 30 Analysts’ by New York’s Institutional Investor Magazine in 2006.
Fred McMahon - Resident Fellow, Dr. Michael A. Walker Chair in Economic Freedom, Fraser Institute
Fred McMahon is a Fraser Institute Resident Fellow and holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Chair in Economic Freedom. He has an M.A. in Economics from McGill University. Mr. McMahon manages the Economic Freedom of the World Project and coordinates the Economic Freedom Network, an international alliance of over 100 think tank partners in about 100 nations and territories.
Further Reading & Resources of Interest
Toward Effective Implementation of a Sustainable African Continental Free Trade Area by 2021 Chamber Fellow Akinyi J. Eurallyah. Read the Full Report or download the audio interview in conversation with Garreth Bloor
Economic Freedom of the World Report (including Free Trade) by the Fraser Institute
Welcoming African think tank leaders through the participation ofv