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Botswana Becomes Epicenter of Economic Diplomacy as 1,000 Business & Political Leaders Converge for US-Africa Business Summit.

Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), in collaboration with the Government of Botswana, is set to organize the highly anticipated U.S.-Africa Business Summit from July 11 to 14, 2023, in the vibrant city of Gaborone, Botswana.

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.

With an expected turnout of over 1,000 participants, including prominent executives from both American and African private sectors, esteemed international investors, as well as influential government officials and multilateral stakeholders, the summit promises to be a pivotal event for fostering economic cooperation and strengthening business ties between the United States and Africa.

A groundbreaking four-day event is set to revolutionize the way organizations connect with influential decision makers from both government and the private sector. With the primary goal of empowering organizations and delivering crucial insights, this unique gathering aims to propel businesses forward towards success.

The event will present a valuable occasion to engage with influential government officials and prominent business leaders hailing from nations boasting highly favorable investment prospects. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with these individuals, gaining insights into a wide range of subjects such as business opportunities, government policies, and noteworthy achievements.

Additionally, attendees will be provided with updates regarding various financing options, including those offered by the U.S. government, institutional investors, U.S. and African banks, and other relevant sources.

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This year’s Summit, with the theme of “Boosting Africa’s Significance in Global Value Chains,” aims to delve into a revitalized dedication from public and private sector participants to foster robust trade, investment, and commercial connections between the United States and Africa. This endeavor gains significance as we navigate our way out of unparalleled health and economic adversities.

Hosted by Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) in partnership with the Government of Botswana, the event offers a rare opportunity for participants to establish meaningful connections and engage in impactful discussions with key decision makers. Through a carefully curated program of interactive sessions, workshops, and networking events, attendees will gain invaluable insights and strategies to drive their organizations to new heights.

Over the course of four days, participants will have unparalleled access to high-ranking officials from government bodies and influential representatives from the private sector. This immersive experience will foster productive dialogues, allowing organizations to present their ideas, concerns, and aspirations directly to decision makers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to distinguished speakers, including African Heads of State, senior officials from the United States government, and CEOs from prominent U.S. and African companies. These esteemed individuals will share their insights and present industry-proven solutions to address the prevailing business challenges of our time.

Confirmed African Heads of Government who will attend the event include:

  • H.E. Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana
  • H.E. Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique
  • H.E. Hage Geingob, President of Namibia
  • H.E. Haikande Hichilema, President of Zambia
  • Hon. Samuel Matekane, the Right Honorable Prime Minister of Lesotho
  • H.E. Cleopas Sipho Dlamini, the Right Honorable Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Eswatini

Confirmed United States Delegation who will attend the event include:

  • Scott Nathan, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
  • Enoh Ebong, Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
  • Judd Devermont, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, White House National Security Council
  • Travis Adkins, President and CEO, U.S. African Development Foundation
  • Johnnie Carson, Special Presidential Representative for U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Implementation
  • Peter Hendrick Vrooman, U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique

These sessions will focus on key sectors including creative industries, energy transition and climate, financing, SMEs, and youth and women’s roles in U.S.-Africa commerce. We encourage an exchange of business cards to continue the conversation.

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The U.S.-Africa Business Summit builds upon the positive momentum created by the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit and Business Forum held in Washington D.C. in December 2022 during which President Joseph R. Biden announced more than $15 billion in two-way trade and investment commitments, deals, and partnerships.

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