Atlanta, Georgia (PressExposure) February 14, 2011 -- For the first time ever, the city of Las Vegas, is preparing to welcome hundreds of African Business Executives from countries such as Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Zambia for two days of meetings with their counterparts from the US, for the first-annual Africa - USA Business Executives Convention and Expo.
The conference is designed to explore and create relationships and alliances between business leaders of both continents, allowing them to meet investment partners in a dynamic and vibrant environment of panels and exhibits.
The inaugural U.S.-Africa Business Leader's Convention takes place at Bally's Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 14-15, 2011 and brings together Small and Medium Size (SME) businesses, and State Chambers of Commerce officials in the U.S., with Small and Medium Size businesses from targeted African countries for the purpose of forming sustainable and capacity-building agribusiness partnerships locally, regionally and internationally.
"Many global commentators agree that this is the `African Century'. For investors, this means an understanding of the available opportunities as well as offering the chance to develop meaningful relationships among those doing business together," says Ted Alemayhu, Executive Chairman of Africa-USA Business Executives Conference and Expo.
Five areas have been identified as being the most attractive for growth, namely Agriculture, Banking and Finance, Energy-Oil and Gas, Telecom and the Aviation, Travel & Tourism industry. All will be featured at this year's meeting.
Agriculture: Due to rapidly expanding markets such as China and India, there has been an increase in demand for global food supplies; the trend has caused price inflation in the last three years. An ever growing gap is becoming more urgent, especially for governments, where recent examples of world social unrest prove that food security is crucial. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), only 14% of Africa's 184 million hectares of usable land are currently under cultivation and agriculture accounts for 17% of GDP and 57% employment. This means that Africa is the new breadbasket of the world. A special presentation and panel featuring renowned experts from the UAE Canada and the US is scheduled for the convention opening day.
Banking & Finance: Considered one of the fastest growing businesses in Africa, this industry earns billions of dollars every year. The private and public sector's strategic relations have made this sector the top winning venture of all. Some of the world's leading financial experts, bankers, and entrepreneurs from the Banking industry across Africa will attend the conference.
Energy: Top Executives from the massive Petroleum and Renewable Energy sector at the summit will highlight an ever-growing investment opportunity in the energy industry throughout the African continent.
Telecommunications: Africa is the world's fastest growing user market of telecommunications, with over a billion people. A developing telecom infrastructure means investing in this industry has become a win-win. Africa's top executives will be joined by investors in a special panel on the 2nd day of the convention.
Travel & Tourism: A vital part of the continent's economic stimulus for job growth and investment, there is a growing demand for affordable/reliable airline routes and airport infrastructure improvements. Executives from throughout Africa and the US at the convention will participate in special panels highlighting Hotel & Lodging and Marketing Strategies which emphasize strategic capacity development.
The conference will be chaired Ted Alemayhu-Executive Chairman of Africa-USA Business Executives Conference and Expo; and hosted by Dr. Judy Kuriansky-Main Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council for WCP and to the UN Department of Public Information for IAAP and by Dr. Patrick Wilson, Administrator of BIG-Africa Partnerships Secretariat.
Esteemed participants will include: attendees and exhibitors from all key industries, including Construction and Development, Information-Technology, Health and Education, and Mining. The historic gathering will also include global executives and investors from France, England, Canada, The United Arab Emirates and China. At the end of the two day conference, a collective memorandum of understanding will be signed among the participants to continue discussions begun at the meetings.
Speakers and panelists include: the Ambassadors and Trade Ministers of Zambia-Mr. Sebastian Kopulande, CEO-Zambian International Trade and Investment Centre and Vice-President, Zambia Association of Manufacturers; Kevin Harriger, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Steve Hawkins, FSIS/USDA; Craig Fedchock, APHIS/USDA; Lucombo Luveia, Embassy of Angola, Washington, D.C.-"The Angola Project"; Dr. Judith Lungu, YWCA, Zambia, "The Zambia 30-30-30 Project"; Mrs. Lumba Siyanga, Women for Change, "The Zambia 30-30-30 plus Project", Zambia; Sebastian Kopulande, "ZITIC Partnerships"; Elizabeth Sichinga, - "Zambia Rising"; Chief Funsho Abiri, President/CEO Nigeria-USA Export & Investment Group (NUEIG); Kerry Moore, President/Chairman, K.B.M. Foundation Inc; Joe Wynn, VET-Force, "Renewable Energy-the Veterans Project"; John Kilama, Regulatory Laboratory Specialists, "Regulatory Laboratories in Africa Project"; C. Knox LaSister, "Building for the future; Sylvester Okere, Watchman Protective Services, Inc-"U.S.-Africa Security Project; Mr. Robert Sichinga, Strategic Shift; and Mr. Moses Shimenba, ZDA Zambia Development Agency. Participating financial institutions include: OPIC, The Standard Bank, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Societe Generale.
The first Africa - USA Business Executives Convention is produced by Africa-USA Trade & Investment, a California-based private firm dedicated to building a strategic business relationship between U.S. and African private firms as well as governmental entities; with considerable input from the U.S. Department of State (USDoS), Department of Commerce (DoC), U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Customs and Border Control, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with their African counterparts from selected African countries. Presentations will be given to inform, advise and demystify the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The exclusive media partner for the two day event is HUMNEWS (www.humnews.com).
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