An estimated 1,000 global business leaders are expected to convene in Washington for a high-profile event dubbed the US-Africa Business Summit in June.
Ahead of the event, Council on Africa’s (CCA) President and CEO, Ms. Florizelle Liser met with key stakeholders in the public and private sector during her recent visit to Kenya and Nigeria as part of an ongoing effort to promote the upcoming Summit.
The affair, which will run from June 18th to 21st, 2019 in Maputo, Mozambique, seeks to advance trade, investment and business engagement between the United States and Nigeria.
CCA, a Washington D.C. based organization, is the leading US business association focused solely on connecting business interests between the United States and Africa.
In Lagos, Nigeria, Ms. Liser and Mr. Ekenem Isichei, West Africa Director, CCA, met with CCA board members, Mr. Aliko Dangote and Mr. Jim Ovia and invited them to speak at the upcoming U.S. Summit. In the meetings with Ms. Liser, Mr. Dangote and Mr. Ovia shared their current business objectives and expansion efforts across Africa.
Ms. Liser and Mr. Isichei attended a private CCA member dinner hosted by Mr. Ovia, which had in attendance, Dr. Oduwole, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES), Mr. Aliko Dangote, Mr. Victor Hammond, Cecil Hammond, Mr. Femi Otedola, Mr. AIg-Imoukhuede, and other private sector business leaders from Andela, Flutterwave, Citibank, GE, Google, Visa, Procter and Gamble, Simon Coopers among others.
The CCA president also attended a private dinner hosted by Mr and Mrs. Tunde Folawiyo and the Global Citizen’s foundation, which was attended by the Governor elect of Lagos State, Mr. Sanwolu, Mr. Jim Ovia, Mr. Tonye Cole, Biola Alabi etc.
To conclude her visit to Nigeria, Ms. Liser explored Nigeria’s tech sector by visiting the Andela Nigeria office and the Vibranium Valley innovation hub. She was impressed by the human capital development efforts involved and the remarkable innovation from the ICT sector in Nigeria.