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                     African Diaspora Trade and Investment Conference

                                           November 2019

                                                             Day 1

                                      African Union Mission

1640 Wisconsin Avenue, NW


This conference is intended to initiate linkages between African Diaspora business people and investors with trade and investment counterparts from African countries, as well as trade-related agencies in the United States and Africa.

9:00 am         Welcome: Tarek Ben Youssef, Deputy Chief of Mission African Union

                     Opening Remarks: H.E. Ambassador Sooroojdev Phokeer, Embassy of Mauritius

Ramsey Day, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID     

9:30am -        Overview of Diaspora Trade and Investment

Moderator: Jennifer Cooke, George Washington Univ. Institute for African Affairs

                      Omari Wooden,  U.S. Census Bureau 

Jennifer Jones, KyJour International (KJI) Strategic Business Solutions

10:30am        Break

11:00 am  Introduction of African Diaspora Business Associations

                        Description of association, membership details

                        Moderator:   Dr. Remi Duyile, African Diaspora Business Roundtable

Dr. Malcolm Beech, Africa Business League-America

Dr. Gloria Herndon, All-American Small Business Exporters Association

Adetoun Ayo-Adeola, African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program

Jeannine Scott, Pan African Diaspora Women’s Association

                       Girma Allaro, National Association of Professional Engineers/DC Society of Professional Engineers

                       Jocelyn Tchakounte, African Diaspora International Trade Association

Stanley Straughter, African & Caribbean Business Council

Nicole Allen-Norris, National Association of Black Women in Construction

12:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm          Corporate Roundtable on Trade with Africa

Moderator:   H.E. Yao Charles Koffi, Embassy of Cote d'Ivoire

Leila Ndiaye, Initiative for Global Development

  Florie Liser, Corporate Council on Africa

Scott Eisner, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

2:30pm -        Presentation on Government Trade Assistance

                        Description of services offered to small and medium businesses

Moderator:    Kendal Tyre, Nixon Peabody, LLC, All-American Small Business Exporters Association                                                           

Dusan Marinkovic, U.S. Department of Commerce – Gold Key Program, U.S. Export Assistance Centers

Gregory Simpkins and Matthew Reese,U.S. Agency for International Development - AGOA, Trade and Investment Hubs, Power Africa

Victor Parker, Small Business Administration – multinational/SME mentoring program

Carmen West, Minority Business Development Agency – business linkages

Alison Germak, Overseas Private Investment Corporation – USIDFC,debt financing, political risk insurance

Raphael Sambou and Kenise Hill, State Department – investment treaties, commercial exchange programs

Ellington Arnold, U.S. African Development Foundation – business training in Africa, business opportunties

4:00pm - Networking Session

5:00pm – Day 1 Wrap-Up

Day 2

African Union Mission   November 16, 2018

9:00am         Tarek Ben Youssef, Deputy Chief of Mission, African Union Mission

9:15am         Presentation of Opportunities in Africa

Moderator:    Dr. Malcolm Beech, African Diaspora Business Roundtable

African Union Commission on Trade and Industry– Opportunities in the Regional Economic Communities and the Continental Free Trade Area

Kyeretwei Osei - African Union Citizens and Diaspora Directorate- Diaspora Outreach

10:30pm   The Role of the African Diplomatic Missions in Attracting Trade and Investment from the Diaspora 

Moderator: Gregory Simpkins, Senior Advisor, USAID

North African Embassies

 East African Embassies

         Southern African Embassies

  West African Embassies

12:30pm -     Conference Wrap-Up