Event convened business and government leaders in Washington, DC to discuss trade and investment opportunities on the continent
(Parsippany, New Jersey) – 11 July, 2017 – Paul Sullivan, Vice President of International Business Development at Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, took part in the Corporate Council on Africa’s 11th biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Washington, DC, June 13-16, 2017.
Sullivan participated on two panels during the event. The first was a special session, “Doing Business with the U.S. Government,“ which provided participants with an opportunity to engage with different U.S. Government agencies and hear about various initiatives in place for the private sector. Topics addressed included doing business with Overseas Private Investment Corporation, what procurement experts from the Millennium Challenge Corporation look for in bids, working with the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, how the Export Import Bank of the U.S. finances U.S. exports to Africa, and how businesses have benefited from working with different U.S. Government agencies.
Sullivan’s co-panelists included Skip Jones, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa and Middle East, U.S. Department of Commerce; Enoh Ebong, Acting Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency; Scott Schloegel, Acting Vice Chairman and First Vice President, Export Import Bank of the U.S.; Constance Hamilton, Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa; Dev Jagadesan, Acting President and CEO, OPIC; and Jonathan Nash, Acting CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation.
The second panel was titled “Integrated Infrastructure Development: From National to Regional Projects,” which examined how national and cross-border projects can be integrated to benefit from each other’s strengths and attract financing. Panelists also discussed the challenges of financing integrated infrastructure projects and regulations limiting the development of these projects.
The panel was moderated by Kimberly Heimert, Counsel, Shearman & Sterling. Sullivan’s co-panelists were David Picard, General Manager for the Africa / Middle East Region, Caterpillar; and Alexander Dixon, Practice Lead, Senior Director, Finance, Investment, & Trade, Millennium Challenge Corporation.
“It was an honor to have been part of this major event, which brought together African and American leaders in business, government and finance,” said Sullivan, who is a frequent speaker at international development conferences. “At Acrow Bridge, we understand how trade and investment, particularly in infrastructure, is essential to the fulfillment of Africa’s economic potential and the broadening of prosperity across the continent.”
Sullivan has enjoyed a long career working in Africa on bridge infrastructure projects, both large and small, including those requiring complex trade finance. He currently serves on the United States Trade Representative’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa (TACA). He is also a member of the board for the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) and a Board Member of Princeton in Africa (PiAF).
About Acrow Bridge
Acrow Bridge has been serving the transportation and construction industries for more than 60 years with a full line of modular steel bridging solutions for vehicle, rail, vessel, military and pedestrian use. Acrow’s extensive international presence includes its leadership in the development and implementation of bridge infrastructure projects in over 80 countries, covering Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, please visit www.acrow.com.