The Africa eJournal | June/July 2017 edition

Corporate Council on Africa’ e-Journal

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Last month, CCA convened some of the most important stakeholders in U.S.-Africa business at the 11th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Washington, D.C. Majority of the discussions that took place at our plenaries, break-out sessions and in my private meetings were centered on the future of the important U.S.-Africa economic relationship. Business in Africa is rapidly evolving and now is the time to reflect on the commercial and business strategy in Africa – what it is today and how we will need to adjust if U.S. and African companies are to succeed in this changing market.
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CCA U.S.-AFRICA BUSINESS SUMMIT
SPOTLIGHTS AFRICAN BUSINESS IN WASHINGTON, DC

CCA convened more than 800 government and business leaders for its 11th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit hosted in Washington DC
from June 13-16, 2017.
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AFRICA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION SET TO HOST
41st ANNUAL WORLD TOURISM CONFERENCE

ATA’s flagship event focused on promoting tourism opportunities across Africa will be hosted in partnership with the Rwandan Development Board (RDB) and will feature businesses such as the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Facebook.
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DEFINING THE NEW U.S.
ADMINISTRATION’S ENGAGEMENT IN AFRICA

The opening plenary at the 2017 U.S.-Africa Business Summit aimed to provide government leaders with a platform to engage with a top official from President Trump’s Administration and discuss the future U.S.-Africa economic relationship.
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INVESTING IN AFRICA’S FUTURE
The plenary discussion focused on the role of the energy sector in Africa, specifically how countries and companies can work together to create a favorable investment environment, build lasting partnerships, and overcome structural challenges to unlock the transformative potential of energy investments on the continent.
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AFRICA’S ROLE IN THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN
The plenary on Africa’s role in the global supply chain covered some of the critical elements that enhance Africa’s role in the global supply chain and how these elements manifested themselves in different regions across Africa.
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THE BUSINESS IMPERATIVE
FOR REGIONAL INTEGRATION

The closing plenary at the 2017 U.S.-Africa Business Summit aimed to provide an overview of the recent milestones and successes in regional integration, and highlight the significance of integration efforts for businesses operating on the continent.
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TECHNOLOGY AND BIG DATA
EMPOWER INVESTMENT IN ETHIOPIA

On May 4 CCA hosted Zakarias Amsalu, Director Ethiopian Operations, Asoko Insight. Asoko Insight, a CCA member company, is a leading market research platform that provides corporate data on African public and privately-held companies.
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UNLOCKING KENYA’S INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
On May 10, 2017, CCA hosted a lunch with senior representatives from Stanbic Bank Kenya to discuss the economic opportunities in Kenya, and the role the Bank can play in unlocking some of these opportunities for potential investors.
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REDUCING POST HARVEST LOSSES
AND ADDRESSING WATER SCARCITY

Nicole Smith, Chief Operating Officer, and Michael Goodwyn, Lead Engineer and Operations Manager, from Aldelano, a national leader in customized assembly packing and warehouse services established in 1968, visited CCA on May 18, 2017.
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BALANCED ECONOMIES
SPUR EAST AFRICA’S SUSTAINED GROWTH

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, The Africa Society and Corporate Council on Africa hosted a discussion with KCB Bank on “Investment Opportunities in East Africa” at Covington and Burling LLP.
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