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Biden appoints Nigerian as acting director of U.S. Development Agency



United States President, Joe Biden has appointed Enoh Titilayo Ebong, a Nigerian-American as the acting director of the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

The appointment was announced on Tuesday, January 2, 2021. Ebong had served as general counsel, deputy director and chief operating officer at USTDA between 2004 and 2019.

The Nigerian born expert is now expected to lead the agency in partnering with the country’s private sector in order to develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in emerging economies.

During her swearing-in ceremony, she said the mission of the agency aligns with Biden’s vision of strengthening the US economy.

“It is an honor 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 solutions,” Ebong said, according to a statement issued by the agency.

“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 program, 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,” she said.

Ebong is born to Ime James Ebong, a civil servant who served as permanent secretary in Nigeria. She grew up in Lagos.

She practised law at the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris and Popeo, P.C., representing public and private companies in public offerings, financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions.

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