Morocco, the only African country to sign a free trade agreement with the United States and a leading diplomatic and economic player on the continent, is represented at this summit by a delegation composed of public and private operators.
The Summit themed “Advancing a Resilient and Sustainable US-Africa Partnership” was officially opened Wednesday by Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi who called for stronger economic ties between the United States and African countries.
President Nyusi told the more than 1,000 political leaders, high-level business executives, international investors, and multilateral stakeholders that there was scope to strengthen US-Africa cooperation in the areas of trade and investment.
The summit is being attended by the leaders of Botswana, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The summit provides a platform for US and African businessmen, and government leaders to engage on key sectors including agribusiness, energy, health, infrastructure, ICT, finance, housing, security and more.
Private sector and government decision makers will be able to network, meet potential business partners and explore new business opportunities.
The 12th summit will address the rapidly evolving models for business and investment on the continent by providing a platform for value-driven engagement, solutions-driven dialogue and mutually beneficial partnerships.
The four-day event is jointly hosted by the Mozambican government and the Corporate Council on Africa, a Washington-based business association focused solely on connecting business interests between the United States and Africa. CCA, which promotes business and investment opportunities between the US and Africa, uniquely represents a broad cross section of member companies from small and medium size businesses to multinationals as well as US and African firms.