To kick off our series on the top 10 lobbying operations by African actors in the United States, we look at the attempt by Egypt to slow the operations of Ethiopia's GERD dam project on the Nile. Just days after Biden's victory, Egypt's Ambassador to DC hired former congressman Ed Royce of US law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck at $65k a month to lobby congress.
In September 2019, the ministry of foreign affairs and international trade hired the London-based subsidiary of US lobbying firm Mercury Public Affairs to lobby for a fresh start under President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
At the end of 2021, the contract that is worth $90,000 per month was taken over by a new firm, Actum International UK. However, Mercury’s US-based team remains registered to lobby on the account. The team includes former Senator David Vitter (a Republican from Louisiana) and former congressman Toby Moffett (a Democrat from Connecticut).