African Union’s Trade Commissioner, Ambassador Albert Muchanga will lead a high-powered delegation to the 2nd edition of the Trade with Africa Business Summit in Chicago, US.
“Amb. Muchanga and his team will be here as architects of the newly launched African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) at the 12th Extraordinary Summit in Niamey, Niger. Through collaboration and partnerships across the continent they have successfully created the world’s largest Free Trade Area,” says Toyin Umesiri, CEO Nazaru LLC and Founder of the Trade with Africa Business Summit.
Besides, delivering the keynote address, Ambassador Muchanga is the 2019 “Champion of Trade” Award recipient for his leadership as a champion in forging unprecedented alliances and consensus among African Union (AU) member countries.
Umesiri says, The Trade with Africa Business Summit presents an effective platform to facilitate trade discussions and provides a front row seat to business leaders looking to engage, build partnerships as well as educate themselves on the growing economic impact Africa is having on the global market
“According to the World Bank, the U.S. controls 40% of global wealth and remains an important trade partner for Africa. With manufacturing steadily shifting to the region, the timing is right for U.S. business leaders to develop effective strategies towards Africa; particularly in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and for Africa’s exporters to maximize the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA),” she says.
This year’s event positions the Chicago Metropolitan area and the State of Illinois as a favorable destination for Africa’s business & political leaders looking to create new trade partnerships in the U.S. and would be held at the McDonald’s Hamburger University – Oak Brook on August 1st and 2nd with Press Conference and VIP reception scheduled for July 31st.
The event would be marked with powered side-line meetings, public speeches, panel discussions, workshops and direct engagement between investors and government representatives.
Confirmed speakers include:
His Excellency. Ousmane Ba, Ambassador of Mauritania to the United States of America
His Excellency Ambassador Albert Muchanga, Trade Commissioner – African Union
Mrs. Kanayo Awani, Managing Director Intra-African Trade Initiatives, African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) – Cairo, Egypt
Colonel William Wyatt, Director African Studies – U.S. Army War College Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Dr. Levi Uche Madueke Head, Africa’s Strategic Partnerships Bureau of the Chairperson, African Union Commission (AUC)
Dylan Piatti, Sr. Chief of Staff Deloitte and Chairman E-Commerce Forum Africa
Dr. Andrew S. Nevin, Chief Economist -PWC Africa
LaTaunya Darden, Business Development Expert, U.S. Export-Import Bank (EXIM)
Shakira Motan, Trade Commissioner, South African Consulate – Chicago
Michael Mugisha CNBC Africa – Senior Producer & News Anchor
Edward T. Hightower, Author of Motoring Africa: Sustainable Automotive Industrialization
“Africa offers new markets for the U.S. made products. Similarly, the U.S. serves as an untapped market under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for authentic African products (raw and manufactured). We are excited to host the AU delegation as well as attendees, speakers and sponsors from all over the world including several African countries,” concludes Toyin Umesiri.
The 2019 Trade with Africa Business Summit is sponsored by Nazaru LLC., Westrock Coffee and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in partnership with several other organizations. Also winning the Excellence in Leadership Award at this event is Ethiopian Airline Executive, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam.