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“U.S and China in Africa: A Competition of Competence”

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2022
  • 11:30 AM
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U.S. and China in Africa: A Competition of Competence

WILLIAM A. CAMPBELL, SR., Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya

Moderated by: Sam Kaplan, Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management

Africa, home to 54 countries, with the youngest demographics of any continent, and full of economic potential, is also an arena for the competiton of competence between China and the United States. China is a larger trader and investor in Africa than the U.S., which has a larger military footprint on the continent than China. China's loans to African countries have sometimes been controversial. At the same time, thousands of Chinese business people are investing and building in Africa. How do African countries view China and the U.S.? What do they want and need from them? Learn about this complicated continent and its complex interactions with China and the U.S. from William A. Campbell Sr., an economic officer with vast experience in Africa and recently the Digital Economy Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. 


William A. Campbell, Sr. is an Economic Officer assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, covering regional economic and political issues in Southeast and Southern Africa (covering Kenya, Djibouti, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola).

Will has been with the Department of State for over twelve years, and most recently served as the Digital Economy Officer at Embassy Beijing, where he reported on developments in the PRC technology sector.  Prior to that he was a Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room, providing 24-hour support for the President of the United States and National Security Council staff.  He has also served in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research Affairs; at the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu, China; and in the Economic Bureau’s Office of Monetary Affairs.

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