New England - Africa Business Conference Convenes at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Brings Together U.S. and African Governments, Businesses, and Educators
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/April 26, 2002
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Worcester, MA - April 26, 2002 -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will host the New England-Africa Business Conference on Tuesday, May 21, bringing together ambassadors and consul generals from numerous African countries, U.S. government representatives, and leaders in business and education.
"We've planned this conference to bring together people who can make a difference in both Africa and the United States, and hope the outcome of this meeting will create firm links with the emerging economy on the African continent," said Linda Looft, Director of External and Government Affairs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The conference is expected to create opportunities for New England business leaders and entrepreneurs to interact with corporate and government agencies.
"The business climate in Africa has never been more favorable for U.S. companies," said Ms. Looft. "Two-way trade between the United States and Africa totaled $20 billion in 1999 and is expected to keep growing."
In attendance will be heads of state from African countries; executives of leading African companies already engaged in business activities with the U.S.; executives of leading African companies seeking to establish links with the U.S., leaders of major universities in Africa; executives and legislators involved with African policy; U.S. government financing organizations, including the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency; the Corporate Council for Africa.
WPI is hosting the conference in conjunction with the Corporate Council on Africa. Information about the conference is available at http://www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/NEABC/about.html.
Registration is $125 and includes breakfast, lunch and conference materials.
About the Corporate Council on Africa
The Corporate Council on Africa, established in 1992, is a membership organization of more than 180 American corporations dedicated to strengthening and facilitating the commercial relationship between the United States and Africa. CCA members represent nearly 85 percent of total U.S. private sector investments in Africa.
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