Nigerian-born Ebong nominated as Director of Trade in US

Nigerian-born Enoh Titilayo Ebong has been nominated by US President Joe Biden to lead the country’s Trade and Development Agency (USDTA).

Ms. Ebong was born and raised in Lagos. Ime James Ebong, her father, was a permanent secretary in the Nigerian government.

The USDTA assists businesses in creating jobs in the United States by allowing them to export goods and services to priority development projects in emerging nations.

USTDA also connects US businesses with export possibilities by
sponsoring project preparation and partnership development initiatives
that help partner countries establish sustainable infrastructure and
foster economic growth.

In February of this year, the president
named Ebong as Acting Director of the USDTA, after his name was
submitted to the US Senate along with the names of other nominees to the
president’s cabinet.

According to a statement on the USDTA
website, Ebong has a long relationship with the agency.

“The February
appointment meant a return to USTDA where from 2004 to 2019, Ms. Ebong
had served in a variety of roles, most recently as the Agency’s General
Counsel, and Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer.

Acting Director, Ms. Ebong leads an agency that partners with the U.S.
private sector to develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic
growth in emerging economies while supporting U.S. jobs through the
export of U.S. goods and services.”

“It is an honour to return to
USTDA. The opportunity to lead the Agency comes at a critical moment
when the world is turning to the United States for leadership on clean
energy and climate-smart infrastructure, as well as safe and secure ICT
, said Ebong.

“The Agency is one of the most
effective, targeted and proven tools within the U.S. government. I’ve
long believed in USTDA’s mission and programme, which are fully aligned
with the President’s vision of strengthening our economy and addressing
climate as an essential component of American foreign policy and
national security.”

Ms. Ebong previously worked at the Milken
Center for Advancing the American Dream as the Head of Strategic
Alliances, where she oversaw the creation of strategic partnerships to
increase access to education, health, financial empowerment, and

She worked at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris
and Popeo, P.C. in Boston before joining USTDA in 2004, where she
represented public and private companies in initial public offerings,
financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate
governance concerns.

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