UPS (NYSE:UPS), a major partner for small businesses including many ecommerce merchants, will soon have a major voice in developing business relationships between the U.S. and Africa.
This comes after Laura Lane, UPS President of Global Affairs, was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa, the home of an increasing number of startups and other businesses.
Business Advisory Council for Africa Appointments
Lane was recently appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, along with 23 other private sector leaders to the second President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA).
According to an official release from the U.S. Office of Public Affairs, PAC-DBIA members — representing small, medium, and large companies from a variety of industry sectors — advise the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on ways to strengthen commercial engagement between the United States and Africa.
“Building stronger commercial relationships with some of the world’s fastest growing economies in Africa continues to be a top priority for the Obama administration,” said Secretary Pritzker. “Private sector engagement through initiatives like the PAC-DBIA is driving our efforts to expand trade, speed investments, build new technologies, and grow new and transformative industries across Africa.”
About Laura Lane, UPS President of Global Affairs
Ms. Lane joined UPS on November 1, 2011 as President, Global Public Affairs. She is responsible for all worldwide government affairs activities for UPS among the over 220 countries and territories it serves.
Small Business Deals
Prior to joining UPS, Ms. Laura was Managing Director and Head of International Government Affairs at CitiGroup. There she directed the day-to-day advocacy efforts of Citi’s international government affairs team.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Laura grew up in Frankfurt, Germany. She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University with a Bachelors degree in political science and history, and summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a Master of Science degree in international economics.
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