"President Obama recognized the value of engaging the next generation of young African leaders through professional development fellowships here in America and has spearheaded U.S. efforts to advance trade and investment with Africa. Now, the Africa Business Fellows Program has the potential to build on this legacy by reciprocating exchanges, placing talented American business leaders in Africa through a program that can help strengthen U.S.-Africa partnerships and shape a stronger, more prosperous future for the continent. Africa provides incredible opportunity for bilateral trade and investment, and the Africa Business Fellowship will be a catalytic force in growing economic partnerships between our nations.” Ambassador Donald Gips, former US Ambassador to South Africa and Senior Counselor with Albright Stone Group