The Africa e-Journal

President’s message for May June e-newsletter

Welcome to summer! We’re just back from a very successful U.S.-Africa Business Summit, June 18-21 in Maputo. We were delighted to host one king (Eswatini), four presidents (Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia), two vice presidents (Equatorial Guinea and Malawi), two prime ministers (Uganda and Lesotho) and delegations of an additional 15 countries headed by senior ministers of foreign affairs and trade/commerce from across the continent (including Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Rwanda, Angola, Ghana).

CCA High Level Dialogue with Ambassador Fitsum Arega

On May 2, 2019, Corporate Council on Africa hosted Amb. Fitsum Arega, Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the U.S., as part of its High-Level Dialogue Series.

Advancing Primary Health Care in Egypt, Ethiopia and Mozambique

On May 7, the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) in partnership with the USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), hosted a Health Working Group on “Advancing Primary Health Care in Egypt, Ethiopia and Mozambique.”

A Roundtable Discussion with Africa Centres for Disease Control (ACDC) and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Global Affairs (HHS/OGA)

On May 13, 2019 Corporate Council on Africa’s Health Working Group hosted a “Roundtable Discussion with Africa Centres for Disease Control (ACDC) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Global Affairs (HHS/OGA),” featuring guest speakers Dr. Samuel Adeniyi-Jones, Director, Africa Region, Office of Global Affairs, HHS and Dr. John Nkengasong, Director, Africa CDC.

The Ethiopia Partnerships Forum

On May 16, the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) partnered with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Citibank to present the “Ethiopia Partnerships Forum,” which completed the two-day long summit. The “Ethiopia’s Threshold Development” panel was in partnership with the MCC and facilitated by Bahgi Berhane, Program Officer of the MCC. The new Threshold Compact announced by the MCC in Ethiopia will take place over the next three years in which the MCC and government of Ethiopia will rigorously analyze both the constraints of economic growth and entrepreneurship.

African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) May 30th Enactment

Phase one of the world’s largest free trade agreement went into effect yesterday! The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) officially took effect on May 30. Phase one sets Africa on the road to rapidly increase its efficiency, trade diversification, and prosperity: businesses will benefit from lower transaction costs brought by tariff elimination on ninety percent of goods and mechanisms to streamline customs procedures; citizens, particularly youth, will benefit from increased employment opportunities; and investors will gain an expanding field of investment opportunities with high yield potential.

2019 U.S.-Africa Business Summit

Heads of State, Vice Presidents, and Prime Ministers from nine African nations attended the Corporate Council on Africa’s 12th U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Maputo, Mozambique on June 18-21. They were joined by Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Commerce, Economy, Public Works, and ICT from more than 25 countries across the continent. The Government of Mozambique was the Summit co-host, and the more than 1,300 Summit attendees including government and business leaders, investors and policy makers were welcomed to Maputo by His Excellency Filipe Nyusi, the President of Mozambique.

2019 U.S.-Africa Business Summit Successfully Advances Trade, Investment and Commercial Partnership Between the U.S. and Africa

Heads of State, Vice Presidents, and Prime Ministers from nine African nations attended the Corporate Council on Africa’s 12th U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Maputo, Mozambique on June 18-21. They were joined by Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Commerce, Economy, Public Works, and ICT from more than 25 countries across the continent. The Government of Mozambique was the Summit co-host, and the more than 1,000 Summit attendees including government and business leaders, investors and policy makers were welcomed to the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Center, Maputo by His Excellency Filipe Nyusi, the President of Mozambique.

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