Strengthening Business Partnerships & Linking Commercial and Investment Opportunities
between the US and Africa

VenueOMNI 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.

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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:

  • To bring together entrepreneurs, investors, diplomats, civic leaders, decisions-makers, development experts, academics, community activists artists, from Africa and the United States to reflect on the best ways to develop stronger business partnerships between US and African companies, promote investment opportunities in Africa, and expand commercial ties between the two sides of the Atlantic. 
  • To showcase the critical role played by business leadership and innovation in transforming Africa’s untapped potentials into profitable ventures that create jobs, help lift more people out of poverty and contribute to moving the continent’s national economies toward achieving UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
  • To provide a space for attendees to network with each other both socially and professionally, and develop business opportunities in the future.




 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


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

  •  SBA’s Technical Assistance and Other Resources to Help You Grow Your Business in Virginia

US Small Business Administration (Richmond, Virginia, USA).

  • Growing Your Business Through Export

 US Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce (Richmond, Virginia, USA).

By Bertozzi, our Assistant Vice President at International Trade.

      Joshua Kaplan.

  •  US EXIM BANK’s Solutions to Finance and Guarantee Your Export

 US Export Import Bank (Washington, DC, USA).

  •  “USAID “Growing your business through AGOA”.

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).

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                              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

  • David Nelson, CEO of VH Consulting (Oil and Gas) Ghana
  • Benji Tachie, CEO of B&P (Commodity and FDI)
  • Nii Lamptey, CEO of Inifinity Group (Marketing)

Panel Discussion

  •  Dankor Fitzegerald- Former CEO of Capital Bank
  •  Haruna Maiga, President of OGHA (Organization of Ghanaian Abroad)

 2:45 PM- 3:15 PM. “The Potential on African -American Engagement in Innovation, entrepreneurship and Investment in Africa “

  • By Reverend Jonathan Weaver. Senior pastor at Mt NEBO AME Church and President and Founder of the PAN-AFRICAN COLLECTIVE.

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.

  • Moderated by Mr. Nzogu Kulya – Managing Director, NICOGER Group LLC (Fairfax, Virginia, USA).


  •  Emannuel Kuangu. President and CEO TATEM EXPRESS.
  • Hector Djibaou

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.    


 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


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)