“DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA: WHY U.S. BUSINESSES SHOULD NOT OVERLOOK THIS LAND OF OPPORTUNITY”

  • May 19, 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Maricopa Association of Governments

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“DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA: WHY U.S. BUSINESSES SHOULD NOT OVERLOOK THIS LAND OF OPPORTUNITY”




U.S. companies, both large and small, are increasingly “going global” given that the majority of the world’s consumers are located outside the United States, U.S. exports tend to yield greater profit margins, and exporting enables companies to diversify their sales markets and reduce economic risks. Greater access to government financing opportunities, an increased ability to sell via the internet, and the growing number of Free Trade Agreements have made entry into foreign markets easier than ever before. Africa falls squarely in line with other countries and regions around that world that offer significant opportunities and advantages for U.S. firms; however, Africa is often passed over or merely overlooked by many U.S. companies—a mistake that their foreign competitors in Europe and China do not often make.

 Please join the Phoenix Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade for our upcoming quarterly networking and educational luncheon on Thursday, May 19th in which we will discuss U.S. business opportunities with Africa, and key strategies for successfully accessing the African market. Our speakers include:

Maria Elena Rivero, a Senior International Trade Specialist within the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, works in the Global Markets division of ITA as a country desk officer for seven countries and serves as the Power Africa initiative point of contact for the Office.

Sheila Kariuki is the Chief Executive at Resource Associates Limited, a Kenyan-owned Human Resource Consultancy firm. Sheila specializes in Executive talent search, organizational development and works with Senior Executive teams of multi-national and large companies in developing their leadership competencies.

 Lee Clegg, President of the Africa Business Portal, has spent the last seven years immersed in the world of U.S.-Africa business and more than 25 years owning and operating his own successful small business. Lee brings a unique perspective for helping SMEs, women and minority-owned businesses, as well as multi-nationals, find success in the African market.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Importers, Exporters, Logistics Professionals, Supply Chain Management Professionals, Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders, Carriers, Consultants, Attorneys, and International Business & Trade Professionals.

WHEN:

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
12 pm – 2 pm
(Registration Begins at 11:30 am)

WHERE:

Maricopa Association of Governments
302 North First Avenue, 2nd Floor

Phoenix, AZ 85003

****Parking will be validated in the garage below the building****

COST:

OWIT-Phoenix Members:  $25
Students: $10
Non-Members: $35

Lunch will be provided.


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