The U.S-Africa Business Forum will be taking place on the 21st of September, 2016, in New York City. The event will be a gathering of African heads of states, CEOs and investors from Africa and the United States.
Aliko Dangote, President & CEO, Dangote Group will be one of the discussants at the Forum. His session will be focusing on ‘The Architecture of Progress -Infrastructure Development and Sustainable Growth’. Dangote will be discussing alongside Jasandra Nyker, CEO, BioTherm Energy, Brian Herlihy, Founder & CEO, Black Rhino and John Coumantaros, Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC.
Dangote’s session will be discussing the growth trajectory of many large cities in Africa today presents both tremendous challenges and remarkable opportunities. As incubators of new business innovations and social progress, African nations are now faced with new questions around fulfilling energy supply, connectivity, and transport.
Also in the session, CEOs at the forefront of Africa’s rising infrastructure industries examine the demographic trends, the investments necessary to build for the long-term, and the partnerships necessary to compete on a global scale.
With the theme ‘Strengthening trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa’, the US-Africa Business Forum is expected to centre around investment opportunities in Africa and how American companies can tap them.
The event is co-hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The event will also coincide with the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly.
In his pre-event comment, Michael R. Bloomberg- Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor, New York City (2002-2013) said “African markets hold many untapped opportunities for U.S. investors and companies – and capitalizing on them would create jobs and improve lives on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Also, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, said “Our successful first gathering in 2014 brought together hundreds of American and African CEOs with nearly every African head of state, demonstrating that the U.S. private sector is eager to increase its commercial connection to African economies.”
President Muhammadu Buhari alongside the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun will led the Nigerian delegation to the event. This year’s edition of the forum will focus on:
- Finance and Capital Investment
- Power and Energy
- Consumer Goods
- Information Communication Technology