11 June 2012
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Corporate Council on Africa (Washington, DC)

African Ministers to Seek New Investors at the Upcoming U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference, June 18-20

press release

The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) will welcome more than 350 attendees, including Ministers and high-level government officials from more than 15 African countries at its fifth U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC on June 18-20, 2012. This year's conference, themed "Foundations for Economic Growth," will highlight investment opportunities in energy and renewables, transportation, water, ICT and the relevant capacity building necessary for successful development.

American Infrastructure companies are looking to Africa for investment opportunities. The U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference seeks to bring these two sides together, essentially bridging the gap between opportunity and investment.

"Infrastructure is … probably the single most important need for Africa to develop," said Stephen Hayes, president of The Corporate Council on Africa. "There's not a single country in Africa that's meeting its current power needs," Hayes said.

Bringing together senior U.S. and African private sector and government officials, key decision makers from leading U.S. infrastructure companies, financial institutions and international organizations, the conference will begin with a special three-hour session on "Doing Business in Cote d'Ivoire." The session will highlight Côte d'Ivoire's plans to regain its place as a strong economic power house, with a focus on infrastructure opportunities including mining, power, roads, ports and airports.

CCA member companies and partners sponsoring the event are Symbion Power, United States Agency for International Development, U.S. Africa Business Center, Acrow Bridges, Cardno Emerging Markets USA, General Electric, PAE, Procter & Gamble, South African Airways, allAfrica.com, Jeune Afrique and Oxford Business Group.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.africacncl.org.

CCA, established in 1993, is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) membership organization of more than 180 U.S. companies dedicated to strengthening the commercial relationship between the United States and Africa. CCA members represent nearly 85 percent of total U.S. private sector investments in Africa. Visit CCA's website at www.africacncl.org

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