Press Release: Corporate Council on Africa Prepares to Welcome Heads of State and Global Business Leaders to a Virtual Summit

For Immediate Release
July 22, 2021



Preparations for the virtual summit are well under away ahead of the 13th U.S.-Africa Business Summit on June 27 - 29, 2021. Corporate Council on Africa will host more than 1,000 U.S. and African private sector executives, African Heads of State and key ministers, USG Cabinet and other senior officials from across the United States and the African continent. The Summit’s theme is “New Pathways to a Stronger U.S.-Africa Economic Partnership.”  

H.E. Filipe Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique, Hon. Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius and Hon. Gina Raimondo, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce will open the Summit which will also feature H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana and H.E. Prof. Oluyemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  

A number of U.S. and African cabinet level officials will be in attendance such as, H.E. Manuel Nunes Júnior, Minister of State for Economic Coordination of the Republic of Angola, Ambassador Katherine Tai, United States Trade Representative, H.E. Rose Mivedor, Minister of Investment Promotion of the Republic of Togo, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Ambassador to the United Nations, H.E. Dr. Sophie Gladima, Minister of Petroleum and Energy Senegal, H.E. Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Trade, Industry, and Green and Digital Economy of the Kingdom of Morocco, Hon. John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and Hon. Ebrahim Patel, Minister, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa will engage the audience on sector and country specific issues.  

CCA is delighted to announce the following senior private sector executives, Al F. Kelly, Jr. Chairman and CEO, Visa; Bruce Cleaver, CEO, DeBeers Group; Karan Bhatia, Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google; Angela Hwang, President, Biopharmaceutical Group, Pfizer, Bassem Bibi, Divisional Vice President, Middle East, Africa, and Global Accounts IDEM/ARDX, Abbott; Vilo Trska, Senior Vice President for Sub-Sahara Africa, Procter & Gamble; Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines; William Killeen, CEO, Acrow Bridge; Admassu Tadesse, President and Chief Executive, Trade and Development Bank; Akin Dawodu, Head, Sub-Saharan Africa Cluster, Citi. 

The Summit will provide a platform for U.S. and African business and government leaders to engage on key sectors including agribusiness, energy, health, infrastructure, ICT, finance and more. Private sector and government decision makers will be able to network, meet potential business partners and explore new business opportunities. Delegates will also be encouraged to help shape effective U.S.-Africa trade and investment policies.  

Since the last U.S.-Africa Business Summit in 2019, the U.S. administration and African governments have shown a renewed commitment to developing business-friendly initiatives and policies that foster greater economic engagement.  

This year’s Summit is specifically designed to facilitate and elevate business-to-business and business-to-government engagement. The virtual event will address today’s most important challenges to investors in Africa by facilitating high-level roundtables, sector-focused discussions, as well as breakout sessions. Besides country forums discussing doing business in Africa, there will be countless opportunities to meet new business partners.   

CCA's U.S.-Africa Business Summit is regarded as one of the essential conferences on doing business and investing in Africa. The 2021 Summit is proudly sponsored by leading global businesses and organizations including Abbott, Acrow Bridge, All Africa Global Media, Caterpillar, Chevron, Citi, Computer Frontiers Inc., Covington & Burling, Creative Associates International, Development Finance International (DFI), Inc., ExxonMobil Corporation, Fayus Inc., Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, Flutterwave Inc., General William and Joyce Ward, Gilead Sciences, Google, Jean Boulle Group, Jeune Afrique, Pfizer Inc., Prosper Africa, P&G, Rabin Martin, Sun Africa, Trade and Development Bank, Visa, Vulcan. 

To find out more about the 13th U.S.-Africa Business Summit on June 27 - 29, and to register, click HERE or visit  


About Corporate Council on Africa (CCA)

Corporate Council on Africa is the leading U.S. business association focused solely on connecting business interests between the United States and Africa. CCA uniquely represents a broad cross section of member companies from small and medium size businesses to multinationals as well as U.S. and African firms. Learn more at


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