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As I reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year, I am pleased to say that  enhancing U.S.-Africa trade and investment, which African and U.S. government and business leaders often tout as a goal,  is now much more than a lofty aspiration; it’s an exciting reality.     In my nearly three years as President and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) (and for many years before ...
On December 5, 2019, CCA hosted a High-Level Dialogue with visiting Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The luncheon included Sudan’s Ministers of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Defense, Justice, and Youth and Sports, as well as senior U.S. government officials and fifteen representatives from U.S. companies.
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) relaunched an ICT working group, featuring speakers from Google, Flutterwave, the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).  Sixty-seven people attended, including representatives from industry and NGOs as well as from the embassies of Ethiopia, Zambia and Malawi, and from ...
On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) hosted a health working group meeting, First Malaria Vaccine in Africa: Partnership Opportunities to Expand Vaccine Access. Panelists discussed the opportunity for improved malaria control with the RTS,S/AS01 vaccine as well as the implications of the vaccine for African countries.
During the week of November 18th-22nd, 2019 CCA hosted Mr. Wubie Kassa, a distinguished Humphrey Fellow. Mr. Kassa is the Deputy Secretary General of The Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), a reputable business organization that works in business development and advocates for the rights of the private sector. The ECCSA aims to promote a conducive business environment ...
On Thursday, November 14, 2019, Corporate Council on Africa and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce collaborated in organizing a roundtable with African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga, hosted by the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA).   The event took place at GE on the margins of the U.S.-African Union High Level Dialogue, with a group of about ...
On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, CCA hosted “A Dialogue with Mcebisi Jonas” at Covington & Burling LLP.  Covington’s Witney Schneidman opened the event, followed by remarks from Eric H. Holder Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States.  Schneidman moderated the dialogue with Mcebisi Jonas, a former South African Finance Minister and parliamentarian, currently serving as an Investment Envoy ...
Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) will host the next edition of the U.S -Africa Business Summit in June 2020 in Marrakech, Morocco.  Building on the momentum of this year’s Summit in Maputo, Mozambique, which focused on advancing a resilient and sustainable U.S.-Africa partnership, CCA will return to the continent next June for the 13th iteration of its flagship conference.
Happy Fall! September kept us hopping as CCA organized three events in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). We have continued to shine a light on U.S.-Africa trade opportunities and challenges, particularly through the African Continental Free Trade Arrangement (AfCFTA). We’ve also continued to highlight and contribute to U.S. government engagement with ...
On Monday, October 4, 2019, CCA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center co-hosted a small roundtable with visiting African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga. Commissioner Muchanga leads African Union (AU) preparations for the African Continental Free Trade Arrangement (AfCFTA) and he briefed the group on its status.  CCA President Florie Liser, ...