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Corporate Council on Africa and the U.S. Mission to the African Union will host the U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Forum on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa on February 11-12, 2019. The Forum is designed to be a high-level event geared towards supporting private sector engagement on the AfCFTA and driving greater U.S.-Africa trade, investment, and business engagement.

The Forum – linked to the AU and the broader African continental and global trade agenda – will complement the AU Summit by engaging the private sector – both African and U.S. – and will fill an important void. Currently, the AU runs an African Continental Free Trade Business Forum for African companies, and the EU has held six EU-African Business Forums. Africa is an important economic partner of the United States, yet there is no continent-wide event with American businesses and the AU, despite the leading role that American companies play as major investors in Africa's fastest-growing economies and sectors

The Forum will:  

  • Provide a platform for a public and private sector dialogue among U.S. and African government officials and private sector leaders
  • Expand opportunities for partnerships between businesses from the United States and Africa through meeting facilitation
  • Create an avenue for U.S. and African businesses to engage on and support the implementation of the AfCFTA 
  • Explore the future of U.S.-Africa trade and investment relationship,the final years of AGOA, the implications of the new U.S.-Africa strategy and the potential impact of the proposed free trade agreements (FTAs).
  • Support and facilitate CCA members' interests on the continent

Sponsors and Partners


H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta

President of the Republic of Kenya

H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde

President of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Cyril Sartor

Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council

H.E Moussa Faki

Chairperson of African Union Commission

Matthew Harrington

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, U.S. State Department

H.E. Albert Muchanga

Commissioner for Trade and Industry, African Union (A.U.)

Mary Beth Leonard

U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, U.S. Department of State (DOS)

Worku Gachou

Managing Director for Africa, OPIC

Mansur Ahmed

Executive Director, Dangote Industries Ltd. and Interim Chairman, African Manufacturers' Association

Craig Arnold

President, Dow Sub-Saharan Africa

Jaswinder Bedi

Chairman, Export Promotion Council, Kenya

Martyn Davies

Managing Director and Partner, Deloitte

Frannie Leautier

Chief Operating Officer, Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Daniel Ngwepe

Head of Government Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa, Visa, Inc.

Witney Schneidman

Senior International Advisor for Africa, Covington & Burling LLP

Rami Suleiman

President ISMEA, UPS


Sheraton Addis
Taitu Street
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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