The roundtable was hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and builds on the Doing Business in Africa initiative put forth by President Obama.
In September 2016, Corey Rosenbusch, President and CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), was invited to join several East African Heads of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce in a roundtable discussion on the U.S.-Africa trade relationship. This discussion targeted solutions to strengthen the African cold chain by expanding the use of data and technology to promote food security, lower the risk associated with private sector agribusiness investments, and expand access to agricultural markets.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker hosted the roundtable, that was held alongside the United Nations General Assembly meeting and the U.S.-Africa Business Forum. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia; Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda; Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; and William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya participated, along with multiple U.S. and African CEOs from companies doing business in the region.
GCCA has been involved with President Obama's initiative to strengthen trade and investment ties in Africa since 2015. GCCA completed an assessment of cold chain in Kenya in October 2015 which resulted in a detailed report of opportunities in the Kenyan cold chain.