Country Leaders in Town for the 2010 G20 Meetings Join Representatives from Leading Canadian and U.S. Businesses Including PricewaterhouseCoopers; Bombardier Inc.; SNC-Lavalin; CRC Sogema; Rio Tinto Alcan; Standard Bank; and Intellipharmaceutics for this Unprecedented Event.
The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) and the Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica) today announced that President Goodluck Jonathan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chair of the African Union and President of the Republic of Malawi Bhingu wa Mutharika are scheduled to attend the G20 Business Leaders: Partnering with Africa’s Dynamic Markets, to be held at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto, June 23-24, 2010. President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa is tentatively scheduled to attend.
African Union Commission Chair Jean Ping, former Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark, leaders from the World Bank, European Business Council for Africa and the Mediterranean, Business Unity South Africa, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, and the U.S. and Canadian private sectors will also be in attendance.
“Africa is rapidly emerging as a major destination for investment and powerful trading partner for countries around the world,” said CCAfrica President and CEO Lucien Bradet. “Hosting this event in Toronto on the eve of the G20 will ensure the private sector’s role in Africa’s development is heard by the G20 leaders.” “In the recent past, Africa has become a continent that attracts considerable investments—close to $144 billion—and trade with the developed world is now a multiple of this number,” said CCA President and CEO Stephen Hayes.
The conference will focus on how business leaders from the G20 countries have a unique opportunity to partner with Africa in a way that helps grow economies both in African and in the G20 nations; and brings together senior North American, European, Asian and African private sector and government officials with a vested interest in investment and growth on the continent. The collaboration between government and the private sector will be explored, throughout various sessions. It will also convene business leaders focused on ensuring the private sector’s voice at the G20 Summit is heard.
To date, conference sponsors include PricewaterhouseCoopers; Bombardier Inc.; SNC-Lavalin; CRC Sogema; Rio Tinto Alcan; Standard Bank; and Intellipharmaceutics. For more information and to register for the G20 Business Leaders: Partnering with Africa’s Dynamic Markets, visit: www.africacncl.org. All working media must be credentialed to cover the conference. Please visit www.africacncl.org and submit media accreditation application forms to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canadian Council on Africa
The Canadian Council on Africa is a private sector, member driven, non-profit organization and is the only pan-Canadian organization dedicated to the economic development of Africa. With over 150 members active in every sector of the economy - including education, engineering, infrastructure, natural resources, energy, finance, legal, consulting, communications, information technology, manufacture, agri-food, environment, sustainable development and health - and with 4 offices located across Canada, CCAfrica is at the forefront of Canada's economic relationship with Africa.
About The Corporate Council on Africa
Established in 1993, The Corporate Council on Africa is a nonpartisan 501 (c) (3) membership organization of nearly 180 U.S. companies dedicated to strengthening the commercial relationship between the U.S. and Africa. CCA members represent nearly 85 percent of total U.S. private sector investments in Africa. The organization is dedicated to bringing together potential business partners and to showcase business opportunities on the continent.