U.S. companies are finding substantial trade and business opportunities in Africa. U.S. exports to Sub-Saharan Africa top $21 billion per year, and the region is growing at 5-6 percent annually. How can U.S. firms best understand these markets, find opportunities, and manage the challenges of doing business there?

The Carlson School of Management and the George Washington University Center for International Business Education and Research (GW-CIBER) will host Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa: Why, Where and How, on April 22 at 8:30 a.m. at the Carlson School. The one-day conference will focuse on eight dynamic economies: Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania. 

Registration is open now

Conference Topics

  • Current and emerging business opportunities in African countries
  • Challenges U.S. companies face in these markets: myths and realities on the ground
  • The competitive environment, including the role of China, India, and indigenous African companies
  • Understanding and leveraging diaspora communities
  • Uncovering resources to help with finding and vetting business partners, financing, and logistics

Keynote Speakers and Panel Moderators

James Newlands
Partner, Ernst & Young, Americas-Africa Business Center

Antwaun Griffin
Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. Operations, U.S. Department of Commerce

Irving Williamson
Commissioner, U.S. International Trade Commission

Yohannes Assefa
Director, Stalwart Management Consultancy PL

Liesl Riddle
Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs, George Washington University

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