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Date: 05/03/2012 Description: The U.S.-Africa Business Conference, June 21-22, 2012, Cincinatti, Ohio (USA) - State Dept Image

Q: Is the conference free?

A: Yes, the conference is free, although scheduled lunches are by invitation only. There are several restaurants within a one-mile radius of the Westin. Participants are expected to cover the costs of lodging and travel to the conference.

Q: Do you have a working list of who has already registered?

A: Unfortunately, we cannot legally release the registration list.

Q: My company is not directly involved in infrastructure. Should we still register? Does that mean we would not be able to participate in the networking sessions?

A: Yes, you should still register, we are only holding registration to make sure we have enough space for our targeted participants. As for networking, we are hoping to match African companies that have specific needs to U.S. companies that meet those needs. If we found an African company that needed services that your company supplies, we might set up a meeting. However, we are primarily matching up infrastructure companies to other infrastructure companies, and it is difficult to predict whether companies outside that sector would be matched. Of course, you are encouraged to network informally throughout the conference, and could potentially meet interested firms that way.

Q: I am prepared to make a presentation on behalf of my company/organization. Is there any room to speak in the schedule?

A: We already have a completely full slate of speakers and will not be able to accommodate additions.

Q: I would like to display information about my company. Will there be space to exhibit?

A: There will not be exhibit space at this event. Please do not bring display information.

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