Africa and the U.S.: A Vision for Our Future
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About The Event
Join the World Affairs Council of Maine in welcoming African Union Ambassador to the U.S. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao to Portland, ME. Ambassador Chihombori-Quao will reflect on the long-standing relationship between the United States and Africa and share her vision for its future.
What does a robust trade and investment partnership between the U.S. and Africa look like? How does the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) create opportunities for strengthening these strategic partnerships, and how does the Diaspora play a role in reinforcing them? Her Excellency shares her vision for the future of A.U.-U.S. relations and the joint strategic interest of a prosperous, peaceful and integrated Africa.
Thanks to generous community supporters, this program is free and open to the public. RSVP not required, but strongly encouraged. Doors open at 5:30pm.
About the speaker
H.E Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao is the African Union Ambassador to the United States of America since December 1st, 2016. She was nominated by H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, to lead the African Union Mission to the USA, the first bilateral diplomatic Mission opened by the AU in 2007.
As the African Union Ambassador to the U.S. Dr. Chihombori-Quao is fully committed to reinforcing the longstanding and deep historic, cultural and economic relations between Africa and the U.S. She plays a key role in reinforcing the African Union strategic partnerships with the United States, grounded on shared values and mutual interests.
Prior to her appointment, Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao was a renowned family medicine doctor in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she has been practicing medicine for the last 25 years. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao is known internationally for her diligent efforts to improve healthcare systems, particularly in countries in Africa, and to promote women’s rights around the globe.
Ambassador Chihombori-Quao’s contributions to the cause of Africa have earned her many prestigious honors and awards with the most cherished one being an achievement award from the late South African President Nelson Mandela in 1996.
Ambassador Dr. Chihombori-Quao is a native of Zimbabwe who immigrated to the USA in 1977. She is also Ghanian by marriage and a proud Mother of five children.