Bill Clinton to keynote Coons' Africa conference

Greg Nash

Former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonVa. governor: I’m ‘baffled’ by federal probe Trump surrogate: ‘Even Bill Clinton chose other women’ over Hillary The Trail 2016: Digging up dirt MORE will address the annual African investment conference put together by Sen. Chris CoonsChris CoonsDems: Warren ready to get off sidelines Dems pressure Obama on vow to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees Wildlife crime bill deserves unanimous consent in Congress MORE (D-Del.), the senator announced Monday.

The “Opportunity: Africa” forum, now on its third run, seeks to link U.S. businesses and advocates with top Africa policy experts. Clinton's keynote aims to add not only political but policy heft to the conference, given the former president's investments in Africa through his Clinton Foundation and his signing of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, a preferential trade bill, during his time in office.

“President Clinton has made an extraordinary impact on Africa and much of the developing world,” said Coons, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations panel on Africa. “It is my pleasure and true honor to welcome President Clinton to Delaware as the keynote speaker for the third annual Opportunity: Africa conference. His unique perspective and unrelenting commitment to improving global health, promoting economic opportunity and growth, empowering women and girls, and protecting the environment will make this year’s conference unforgettable.”

The forum will be hosted on March 10 in Wilmington, Del.

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