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U.S. company representatives will benefit from conference participation whether they already are working in Africa or if they are interested in learning how to earn their first sale in Africa. Although the conference has a broad infrastructure focus, companies in the following sectors represent the target audience:

  • energy, in particular renewable energy, energy efficiency, and transmission;
  • transportation, especially construction equipment suppliers and civil engineering companies; and
  • water and sanitation infrastructure, equipment, and technology.

Conference sessions include:

  • Why Do Business in Africa?” which presents Africa as a major emerging market with significant business opportunities.
     
  • U.S. Government Programs and Services” which will highlight support that the U.S. Government provides to U.S. businesses to facilitate trade. The session will feature speakers from the U.S. Export-Import Bank; U.S. Trade and Development Agency; U.S. Commercial Service, Cincinnati Office; Small Business Administration; Overseas Private Investment Corporation (invited); and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
     
  • Breakout panels on opportunities for U.S. companies in water & sanitation, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and transportation.
     
  • A formal matchmaking session to connect visiting African executives with U.S. equipment suppliers and service providers that meet the specific needs identified by the African executives (Note: If a U.S. firm does not offer a product or service specified by our African guests, they will not be invited for the formal Thursday matchmaking session. However, there will be a period for informal matchmaking on Friday and we encourage active business networking throughout the conference).

There is no fee to attend the conference. Registration priority will be given to companies in the energy, transportation, and water and sanitation sectors that register by June 1. Companies who do not meet this criterion will be registered on a space available basis. Overall, registration forms will be accepted until June 18 or the conference is full, whichever comes first. To request a registration form, please contact: USABC2012@state.gov.



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