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H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to attend CCA's 2016 U.S.-Africa Business Summit
Posted Date 2015/12/18 00:04

The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is honored to announce H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia will attend the 10th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on February 1-4, 2016.


President Sirleaf will join Ethiopian Prime Minister, H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn and other African heads of state and senior government representatives at the Summit to promote U.S. and international trade and investment in Africa. For Liberia, the challenge is to attract investment after being affected by the worst Ebola outbreak in history. "Liberia has gone through a crisis like few other countries have," said CCA President and CEO, Stephen Hayes. "It once again represents an excellent investment opportunity, where the social and economic good come together. We are deeply honored that President Sirleaf will be with us, as we are with her."


The CCA Summit has always been distinct for showcasing investment opportunities not only in Africa's largest markets such as Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, but also in less-visible, but promising markets like Liberia. The 2016 Summit, which will immediately follow the African Union's Annual Head of State Summit in Addis Ababa, is a platform to promote trade and investment in all African countries.


In 2012, CCA launched the Liberia Working Group (LWG) to engage the business community and those with a vested interest in Liberia's economic growth. The inaugural meeting hosted the Ambassador of the Republic of Liberia, Jeremiah C. Sulunteh and Finance Minister, Honorable Amara Konneh. The challenge and motivation to launch LWG was to support Liberia's post-conflict development. Today, Liberia is working to attract investment post-Ebola. According to the World Bank, the three countries most affected by Ebola: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, will suffer a combined $1.6 billion in economic losses in 2015. CCA has been at the forefront of U.S. private sector response since the Ebola outbreak, bringing together not only members, but any company invested in Liberia, to facilitate a coordinated U.S. government and business response to the crisis.


The 2016 Summit is proudly sponsored by leading American and African businesses and organizations including: Chevron, Exxon-Mobil, Symbion Power, Acrow Bridge, AGCO Corporation, AstraZeneca, Gilead Sciences, Petrolin Group, USAID, Zenith Bank, Boeing Company, Development Finance International, John Deere, Microsoft, Mota-Engil Africa, Procter and Gamble, Varian Medical Systems, Ford Motor Company and International Green Structures. So far, more than 30 major companies are sponsoring the conference.


The Corporate Council on Africa's 10th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit will be hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on February 1-4, 2016 at the United Nations Conference Centre. To attend the Summit and for more information, please visit www.summit.africacncl.org or e-mailsummit@africacncl.org.

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