The story of US investment in Africa is often overshadowed by the large sums of foreign capital arriving from China, the EU, and Turkey. We hear billion-dollar figures being tossed around, but it is hard to pinpoint who, exactly, is benefiting from these large investments.

However, when the American private sector invests in a market, it is for the long haul and directly benefits the people of Africa, providing much-needed skills transfer, job creation, and certainty...

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