Strengthening Business Partnerships & Linking Commercial and Investment Opportunities
between the US and Africa
Venue: OMNI RICHMOND HOTEL, 100 S 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23219 U.S.A
We are delighted to invite you to our
“2019 U.S.- AFRICA Business Networking an Expo” event taking place in
Richmond Virginia on October 2, 3 and 4th, 2019.
Organized by BOSS LLC and Africa Network Initiative, Inc. in partnership with the
Center for International Business Advancement ( CIBA) at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, this event aims to bring together African and US entrepreneurs to learn about business opportunities on both continents, build business relationships and forge partnerships capable of unleashing new investment opportunities
and contribute to the global economic development.
Our utmost goal is to entice our African American brothers and sisters in business to start seizing the abundant business opportunities offered by Africa. As you may know, Africa is today reputed to be the second-best destination of investment in the world. Other nations and their citizens are heavily investing in Africa and generating wealth for their communities. It is time that we also do that. Thus, Africa Network Initiative intends to set up a vast network of African entrepreneurs, mentors and investors to push forward what we call the Black economic empowerment movement.
We kindly invite you to be part of this network.
We will greatly appreciate your time and expertise during the event as its impact will go far beyond the forum.
Looking forward to working with you.
The 2019 US-Africa Business Forum & Expo will bring together African and American entrepreneurs, executives, investors, decision-makers and other stakeholders as to learn about investment opportunities in both Africa and the United States, match their interests, and build mutually beneficial relationships. In doing so, the forum shall help strengthen multi-faceted partnerships between the two sides of the Atlantic.
Slated to take place in Richmond, Virginia, while the Commonwealth of Virginia is celebrating the 4th centennial (400 years) of legislative assembly, this 3-day forum will start on 2nd October and end on 4th October 2019. While the first two days of the forum will focus on business and investment opportunities, the third day will be dedicated to guided tours of companies, political institutions and museums in the Richmond area as well as visits to Virginia’s finest wineries.
The panels will be made of entrepreneurs, top business executives, academics, diplomats and government officials.
While small business owners and big corporations from other continents are heavily investing in Africa, US entrepreneurs have not yet seized the business opportunities offered by Africa – a continent with a large young population and growing middle class, and that is undergoing unprecedented technological transformation. In the same context, while small enterprises from other continents are developing business ties with the US, many African businesses have not yet taken advantage of possibilities that offer the US market, the World’s largest economy and leader in innovation and entrepreneurial creativity.
It is the ambition of African Network Initiative. Inc to fill this gap by organizing this forum in Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth Virginia – a state that has many times been voted the Best Place to Do Business in the United States.
The US-Africa Business Forum’s goal is three-fold:
DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, 2ND OCTOBER 2019:
2:00 – 3:00PM: Registration & Networking
3:00 – 3:05PM: Introduction by Mr. Nzogu Kulya – Managing Director, NICOGER Group LLC (Fairfax, Virginia, USA).
3:05 – 3:10PM: Welcoming remarks by Mr. Jacques Mushagasha, CEO, BOSS LLC & Founder, Africa Network Initiative, Inc. (Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA).
3:15 – 3:45PM: Keynote Address:
By Professor Van Hood – Philip Morris Chair in International Business & Director of the Centre for International Business Advancement, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Business (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
3:45 – 4:30PM: Conversation
“Africa 3.0: How Women Leaders Are Shaping the Continent and Improving the Continent’s Development Prospects” – examples in Education, Business Management, Community Leadership, and Social Innovations”
Moderated by Ms. Sombo M. Chunda – Ph.D. Student & Graduate Teaching Assistant, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia, USA).
Panelist: Hellen Fissihaie
Followed by a Q&A session.
5:00 – 6:00PM: Light refreshment & Networking
DAY 2: THURSDAY, 3RD OCTOBER 2019:
8:30 – 9:30AM: Continental Breakfast, Registration & Networking
9:30 – 9:35AM: Introduction by Ms. Sombo M. Chunda – PhD Student. Graduate Teaching Assistant, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia, USA).
9:35 – 9:40AM. Intent and Purpose, By Jacques Mushagasha. CEO, BOSS LLC & Founder Africa Network Initiative , Inc( Harrisonburg , Virginia)
9:40 AM – 10:00AM: Keynote Address:
“Welcome to Richmond, Virginia’s Capital City & Center of Commerce and Innovation”
10:00AM – 11:15 AM: Conversation on “The Resources to Grow Business in the US and Abroad”
US Small Business Administration (Richmond, Virginia, USA).
US Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce (Richmond, Virginia, USA).
By Bertozzi, our Assistant Vice President at International Trade.
US Export Import Bank (Washington, DC, USA).
Followed by a Q&A session.
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM “: “Agri-Business, Food Security and Development in Africa”
By Dr. John Ulimwengu – Senior Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute – IFPRI (Washington, DC, USA).
Followed by a Q&A session.
11:45 AM- 12:45 PM Business Matchmaking – Session 1
One-on-One Meetings to Connect Business and Investment Opportunities in Africa and the USA
12:45 – 1:45PM: Lunch Break
1:45 – 2:45PM: Live Video Interview. “A Day of doing Business In Africa” by
2:45 PM- 3:15 PM. “The Potential on African -American Engagement in Innovation, entrepreneurship and Investment in Africa “
Followed by a Q&A Session
3:15 – 4:30 AM “How They Made It in America” – Takes on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership by African-Born Entrepreneurs and Business Executives.
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Business Matchmaking – Session 2
One-on-One Meetings to Connect Business and Investment Opportunities in Africa and the USA.
5:30 PM “KICKSTARTING THE AFRICA NETWORK INITIATIVE ANGELS CAPITAL GROUP”
By Jacques Mushagasha. CEO BOSS LLC and Founder of Africa Network Initiative, Inc., Harrisonburg VA 22801
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Dinner at Addis Restaurant
DAY 3: FRIDAY, 4TH OCTOBER 2019:
10:00 – 11:00AM: Guided visit at site 1 (a Virginia State body – governor’s mansion, general assembly, state senate, etc. – or Richmond City Hall)
12:00 – 1:00PM: Guided visit at site 2 (a museum or an arts center or a historical site in Richmond)
3:00 – 4:30PM: Guided visit at sites 3 & 4 (two wineries outside Richmond)