U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Sarah Bloom Raskin will take her first international trip as deputy secretary when she leads the U.S. delegation at the annual meeting of the African Development Bank in Kigali, Rwanda, May 19–23.
“Nowhere is the confluence of global trends likely to have a more profound impact than in Africa,” Raskin, shown above, said at the Global Women in Finance Symposium in Washington on May 1, where she announced the trip.
In her talk at the symposium, Raskin envisioned a very different global landscape in the next 40 years as the result of shifting demographics and economic, political and technological changes that will have consequences “in board rooms and capitals around the world.”
“I look forward to visiting Africa and hearing from Africans — government officials, business leaders and private citizens — about how we can work together to tackle our collective challenges,” she said.
The leading finance officials from the African Development Bank’s 78 member countries will carry on a dialogue under the theme “The Next 50 Years: the Africa We Want,” according to the bank’s website. They will explore ways to realize Africa’s vision of “an integrated, people-centered, prosperous Africa, at peace with itself.”