AABE ENTREPRENEUR MEMBER AND CHARLOTTE BASED SEWW ENERGY NAMED TO NEWLY ESTABLISHED PRESIDENT’S ADVISORY COUNCIL ON DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA
Charlotte based energy entity SEWW Energy is pleased to announce that its President and CEO Kevon Makell has been named to the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA). The newly formed committee will advise President Barack Obama on strengthening commercial engagement between the United States and Africa. SEWW Energy is one of 15 companies that were selected to participate in the initiative.
The PAC-DBIA is part of an executive order signed earlier this year by the President during the first-ever U.S.-Africa business forum. The event was co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies and brought together hundreds of American and African CEOs with nearly every African head of state to spur more trade and investment between the United States and Africa. The PAC-DBIA will provide information, analysis, and recommendations on U.S.-Africa trade and investment priorities, including U.S. and Africa job creation; developing and strengthening commercial partnerships to increase U.S. public and private sector financing in Africa; and analyzing the effect of policies in the United States and Africa on U.S. trade and investment interests in Africa.
“SEWW Energy is excited to take part in this unique opportunity. I am certain that our diverse background will serve as an invaluable asset to President Obama and the Department of Commerce in their efforts to increase the presence of American businesses in Africa,” Makell said. “At our company, we believe we are a conduit for empowering and changing lives and our contributions to PAC-DBIA will further solidify our role as a global company equipped to transform Africa. We are also proud to be a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and hold the power to transform lives through innovation and electrification.”
SEWW Energy has already been engaged in various projects in Africa including a $25 million Energy Project with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) that was announced earlier this year. Through the deal, SEWW was tapped to lead an upgrade and expansion project in the Greater Accra Region. The project will span seven years and includes efforts to improve the transmission and distribution of electricity in the West African Nation. The company is perched at just the right elevation to assist in exponentially transitioning Africa in 3 key areas: providing electricity in rural communities, significantly engaging the Ebola crisis through its Medical Mobile Health Care Unit powered by self-contained micro-grids, and the design of Micro Grid electrical infrastructures which are mini power supply units that the company designs, which rely on natural renewable resources (sun, wind, water as power sources).