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African Heads of State to speak on gender, economic growth

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is hosting two events in New York City that will bring together five African heads of state on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly meeting this year. These presidents will speak on two key issues: The first event will address gender equality and women's empowerment, and the second event will feature a discussion on governance and sustainable economic growth.

MCC is an independent U.S. Government foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty through the promotion of sustainable economic growth. MCC is based on the principle that aid is most effective when it reinforces good governance, economic freedom and investments in people.

On 24 September, President Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and President Banda of Malawi will address a panel discussion entitled ‘Holding Ourselves Accountable for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Views from Government, Donors and the Private Sector’. On 27 September,  President Yayi of Benin, President Issoufou of Niger and. President Sall of Senegal will participate in a Head of State Roundtable on Governance and Sustainable Economic Growth, to discuss promoting good governance and sound policy for sustainable growth in Africa.

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