U.S. Senator Chris Coons announced on Monday that former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the third annual Opportunity: Africa conference on March 10 at the Chase Center in Wilmington.
“President Clinton has made an extraordinary impact on Africa and much of the developing world,” Senator Coons said. “It is my pleasure and true honor to welcome President Clinton to Delaware as the keynote speaker for the third annual Opportunity: Africa conference. His unique perspective and unrelenting commitment to improving global health, promoting economic opportunity and growth, empowering women and girls, and protecting the environment will make this year’s conference unforgettable.”
The Clinton Foundation invests heavily in programs to strengthen African health systems and expand access to lifesaving treatments; to provide African farmers with the tools they need to increase their incomes and strengthen their communities; and to address climate change by working to improve energy efficiency, reverse deforestation, and help cities to develop sustainably. While in the White House, President Clinton signed into law the landmark Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, which has supported the growth of an African middle class, reduced dependence on development assistance, and further opened African markets to American companies.
The Opportunity: Africa conference links Delaware businesses, faith communities and individuals with top experts on Africa, providing insight on trade opportunities and issues including human rights challenges, sustainable development, food security and global health.
The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 10 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required for admittance: http://www.coons.senate.gov/opportunityafrica/.