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The 2018 AGOA Private Sector Forum

Join CCA, U.S. and African government officials, and private sector representatives to participate in discussions in support of this year's AGOA Forum theme - "Forging New Strategies for U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment." The discussions will focus on enhancing economic prosperity for Africa and the United States and impacting the U.S. government's U.S.-Africa trade and investment agenda and policies. The AGOA Private Sector Forum Dialogue will also be an opportunity for U.S. and African business leaders to engage senior African and U.S. officials and network to build new business partnerships.

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9 AM

10 mins

Welcome Remarks
Ms. Florizelle Liser, President & CEO, Corporate Council on Africa
Dr. Anton C. Bizzell, CEO, The Bizzell Group

9:10 AM

80 mins

Panel I: AGOA Success Stories
Ms. Florizelle Liser, President & CEO, Corporate Council on Africa

Mr. Jas Bedi, Chairman, Export Promotion Council, Republic of Kenya

Ms. Jan Forest, Customs and International Trade Attorney/Consultant, J. Forest Consulting

Mr. Gregory Simpkins, Senior Advisor, Africa Burea, Office of Sustainable Development, USAID

Ms. Rahama Wright, Founder & CEO, Shea Yeleen

10:30 AM

30 mins

Networking Break

11 AM

80 mins

Panel II: The Future of U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment
Ms. Katrin Kuhlmann, President & Founder, New Markets Lab

Mr. Kenneth Bagamuhunda, Director General of Customs and Trade, EAC Secretariat

Mr. Trevor Gunn, Vice President, International Relations, Medtronic

Ms. Constance Hamilton, U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, USTR

Dr. Daniel Karanja, Vice President for Advisory, Initiative for Global Development (IGD)

Ms. Laura Lane, President, Global Affairs, UPS

12:20 PM

12:30 PM

Vote of Thanks
Ms. Florizelle Liser, President & CEO, Corporate Council on Africa