The Summit will host U.S. and African private sector executives, international investors, senior government officials and multilateral stakeholders to facilitate dialogue on three key themes:
Enhancing cross-border trade flows;
Navigating the African Business Landscape; and
Understanding the U.S. Government Prosper Africa Initiative.
The Summit is designed to increase U.S.-Africa business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) dialogue, and address the challenges investors and traders face in Africa.
AmCham South Africa represents over 200 American companies in South Africa. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation, representing the interests of more than 3 million companies of all sizes. AmChams are on the frontlines of expanding United States trade and ensuring U.S. job creation, promoting economic growth and exports, developing foreign commercial relationships, and removing barriers to U.S. business overseas.
The Summit will:
Provide American companies operating in Africa with a better understanding of how to maximise trade and investment opportunities in African markets.
Offer a platform for engagement with policy officials in the African Union, U.S. and African governments to foster greater bilateral and multilateral commercial cooperation between the U.S. and Africa, and
Support the development of the AmCham network by sharing best practices on business development, strategic communications, accreditation and governance.
Interactive presentations, panels and discussions will take place on the first day. A second day will focus on leadership development for AmCham executives.
We hope that the Summit will provide relevant updates on emerging and current policy matters, opportunities to network and the chance to facilitate greater cohesion across the AmCham network.
What's in it for you
Networking & Match Making
Strengthen your network
Develop African business contacts from more than 14 accredited African AmChams
Gain industry insights and market intelligence
Learn how to navigate risks as new rules take effect on the AfCFTA
Panel Discussion Themes
Promoting Intra-African and U.S.-Africa Trade
Realising the vision of the African Union (AU) through the entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), as well as the efforts underway to foster two-way trade, such as Prosper Africa, the Summit will surface emergent and current policy topics relating to efforts, initiatives, and priorities to alleviate trade barriers and facilitate the ease of doing business. How will policy changes be implemented, and how can partners ensure the maximum benefit of the AfCFTA? The AU will be invited to highlight updates on the AfCFTA and strategic opportunities for business to engage.
Navigating the African Business Landscape
Despite the growing influence of competitors such as China, India and Turkey, according to recent studies, the U.S. remains largely invested in Africa - with AGOA imports totalling $12 billion in 2018. How have the U.S. companies navigated global trade uncertainty, declining commodity prices in African markets, and leveraged strategic opportunities to grow their business? Where are opportunities to capture greater value? This conversation aims to assist investors and investment attractors minimise the risks and challenges associated with entry into and expansion on the African continent. Titans of industry will share their experiences in African markets and offer insights on navigating the African markets in multiple sectors.
Highlighting U.S.-Africa Business Investments
With Africa being poised to advance its role as a global trade hub, the Summit will explore and discuss the investment that has been made by the United States into Africa, how Africa can leverage these investments, as well as how to strengthen investment between these partners, and how to become a key player in the expanding global market.
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