09.04.14

Congresswoman Lee Hosts Bay Area Commerce and Trade Delegation Forum

Oakland, CA – Today, Congresswoman Lee joined by Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson hosted a Bay Area Commerce and Trade Delegation forum. The forum was designed to create jobs and economic growth in the East Bay by connecting businesses with opportunities in Africa

Congresswoman Lee organized presentations from the Corporate Council on Africa, Minority Business Development Agency, Oakland Export Assistance Center, Power Africa and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). These presentation discussed existing programs to support East Bay businesses seeking to pursue business opportunities in Africa.

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and former member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, I understand the challenges and significant opportunities that exist for U.S. businesses in Africa,” said Congresswoman Lee. “Africa is and will continue to be an important and valuable trading partner in the years to come. Strong and fair trade policies can open Africa's markets to U.S. exports while generating opportunities to create good-paying jobs in the East Bay and in Africa and promote development.”

While in the California legislature, Congresswoman Lee served as the Chair of the Select Committee on California-Africa Affairs and helped establish California’s first trade office in Africa.

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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of both the Congressional Black Caucus and Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the newly formed Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.