Thursday, January 28, 2016
Bloomberg, U.S. Commerce Department To Host 2nd U.S.-Africa Business Forum In NYC
During the week of September 19, 2016, on the occasion of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Department of Commerce will co-host the second U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a day focused on increased trade and investment between the U.S. and African nations. The U.S.-Africa Business Forum will build on the progress of the inaugural Forum, held during the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit with the participation of nearly 50 heads of state or government and more than 150 global CEOs – to further develop trade and business opportunities between the United States and Africa.
As President Obama reiterated in Ethiopia last summer, “Africa’s progress will depend on unleashing economic growth — not just for the few at the top, but for the many, because an essential element of dignity is being able to live a decent life. That begins with a job. And that requires trade and investment.”
Held in New York City, the U.S.-Africa Business Forum will bring together African heads of state with CEOs of U.S. and African companies to strengthen commercial and financial ties between the United States and Africa. The Forum will focus on U.S. private sector engagement in Africa in sectors like finance and capital investment, infrastructure, power and energy, agriculture, consumer goods, health care, and information communication technology. Government leaders will engage with business executives from both sides of the Atlantic, working to develop solutions for greater trade and investment in Africa.
“We are thrilled to partner with Mike Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies once again for the second U.S. Africa Business Forum,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “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. As the Obama Administration sharpens our focus on shifting the relationship between the U.S. and Africa from one based on aid to one based on trade, we will continue to support events, partnerships, and initiatives that deepen our ties of commerce and investment.”
“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,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “That’s the goal of this year’s Forum – to foster the strong ties between the U.S. and Africa that will drive greater economic growth and lift earnings in both places.”