The Corporate Council on Africa eJournal | August/September 2017 edition

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates

August/September 2017 edition

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
It has been a busy and very productive few months here at CCA. We were in Lomé, Togo in early August for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum. We jetted off to Kigali, Rwanda for the first Africa Travel Association (ATA) World Tourism Conference under CCA leadership and finally, we just returned from New York, where we hosted several key events on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). As I reflect on the discussions and interactions I have had these past two months, there has been a recurring theme on the importance of the diversification of African economies.
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ATA’s 41st ANNUAL WORLD TOURISM CONFERENCE SHOWCASES AFRICAN TOURISM
The Africa Travel Association (ATA) hosted the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda from August 28-31, 2017. The conference, which was developed to promote tourism as an engine for economic growth across Africa, was attended by H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, who delivered the keynote address.
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OVERVIEW OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION’S TRADE FACILITATION AGREEMENT
On Monday, July 31, 2017, Corporate Council on Africa held a working group focused on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) with Christina Kopitopoulos, USTR Director for Customs and Trade Affairs, WTO and Multilateral Affairs, United States Trade Representative.
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AGOA FORUM PRIVATE SECTOR DIALOGUE ON
AGOA SUCCESSES AND CHALLENGES

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Corporate Council on Africa hosted the 2017 AGOA Forum Private Sector Dialogue in Lome, Togo. The panelists identified and discussed the challenges and successes of AGOA.
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AGOA FORUM PRIVATE SECTOR DIALOGUE ON
LOGISTICS, TRANSPORT OPERATIONS
AND THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

The second panel at the 2017 AGOA Forum Private Sector Dialogue in Lome, Togo included Mr. Tewolde GreMariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Ade Ayeyemi, Group CEO, Ecobank, Mr. Thomas Hardy, Acting Director, USTDA and Mr. Cory O’Hara, Team Leader, Regional Trade & Investment, USAID Africa.
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PRESIDENTIAL DIALOGUE ON THE FUTURE
OF U.S-AFICA BUSINESS RELATIONS

On September 19, 2017, CCA hosted the Presidential Dialogue on the Future of U.S.-Africa Business Relations on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The dialogue emphasized the importance of infrastructure financing on economic growth in Africa.
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FORUM ON ADVANCING HEALTH PRIORITIES IN AFRICA
On September 20, 2017, CCA sponsored a health forum in New York during the week of the United Nationals General Assembly (UNGA) meetings. Among the objectives was to discuss ways to accelerate new solutions for health improvement in Africa, by examining ways to make health a greater financial priority for African countries.
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AFRICAN FINANCE FORUM: FROM REFORMS TO INVESTMENTS
On September 20, 2017, CCA hosted the Africa Finance Forum on the theme Reforming African Economies, on the sideline of the 72nd session of the UNGA, in New York. The Forum stressed the important role reforms play in creating a good business environment and increasing investments.
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CCA HOSTS THREE UNGA ROUNDTABLES
CCA held special by-invitation CEO investor roundtables with Heads of State and senior government officials of Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Gabon.
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