On Friday, September 21, 2012, on a beautiful, bright and sunny morning at the Washington Convention Center in the heart of Washington, DC, people gathered for Africa Rising, a daylong forum on African political, economic, security, health and development issues.
A highlight was the 90-minute first panel of the day, “Africa’s Growing Economies”, moderated by Rosa Whitaker, President and CEO of the Whitaker Group. Panelists were Tebelelo Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana to the U.S.; Jay Ireland, President and CEO of GE Africa; and Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Africa. Ambassador Seretse raised one of the panel’s most important themes, stating: “I am shocked when Europe has mismanagement and corrupted the economy, it is called mismanagement. When it is Africa, it is called corruption.”
The event was co-hosted by Congresswoman Karen Bass, representing Los Angeles, California, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for the Africa BrainTrust. Congresswoman Bass is the senior Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights.