U.S. Chamber's Africa Business Initiative Embarks on Trade Mission to East African Countries

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Africa Business Initiative (ABI) launched a trade mission to four African countries and the annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum this week in order to meet with senior government and business leaders to explore trade and investment opportunities.

"U.S. companies see Africa as a continent of great opportunity," said Scott Eisner, executive director of ABI. "With more than one billion people, it is an important market for American products. The Chamber's members are interested in investing in African markets and employing African workers to produce products to sell throughout the continent."

The trade mission includes stops in: Johannesburg, South Africa; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Nairobi, Kenya; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The trip is being anchored by the AGOA Forum which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya August 4-6.

The Chamber's Africa Business Initiative was created to engage the U.S. business community on policies that foster foreign direct investment in Africa and to facilitate new and expanded trading relations between the U.S. and African countries.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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