US-Africa Business Forum News

Barack Obama, President of the United States, at the US-Africa Business Forum in August 2014

U.S. signs trade pledge with East Africa and eyes rest of the continent

The United States and five East African countries pledged on Thursday to ease trade flows and set the stage for more U.S. investment, a program that could be extended to other parts of Africa.

A room in Protea Hotel Ikeja

Why Marriott International Is Investing In Africa

Marriot’s big start in Africa came this last April with the acquisition Protea, a hotel chain in Africa that would make Marriott the largest hotelier in Africa with the added 117 properties in seven African countries.

US-Africa Business Forum - Africa is Building a Better Business Landscape

US-Africa Business Forum: Africa is Building a Better Business Landscape (Video)

Data + Transparency = Market Confidence

US-Africa Business Forum - This is the Moment to Invest in Africa

US-Africa Business Forum: This is the Moment to Invest in Africa (Video)

Africa has a middle class larger than that of India, a projected five percent growth rate by 2015, and six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies.

Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne Cable

US-Africa Business Forum: Interview with Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne; Bright Simons, President, mPedigree; Ebele Okobi, former Head, Human Rights, Yahoo!; & Njideka Harry President & CEO, Youth for Technology (Video)

African tech entrepreneurs discuss how mobile and Internet access is increasing the GDP of countries across the continent.

Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings

US-Africa Business Forum: An interview with Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings (Video)

Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, a pan-African investment firm based in Lagos, Nigeria, talks about the investment climate and availability of capital in different African countries.

US-Africa Business Forum - An interview with Aliko Dangote, CEO of Dangote Industries, and Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone

US-Africa Business Forum: An interview with Aliko Dangote, CEO of Dangote Industries, and Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone (Video)

Dangote Group President and CEO Aliko Dangote, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and Brian Herlihy of Black Rhino announce and discuss new deal at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum.

Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman, Econet Wireless Group

US-Africa Business Forum: An interview with Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman of Econet Wireless, and Isis Nyong'o Madison, Principal at Asphalt & Ink (Video)

Strive Masiyiwa, Group Chairman of Econet Wireless International, and Isis Nyong’o Madison, a Kenyan-American who advises companies on investments in Africa talk about how the Internet and mobile devices are helping tie African countries together and overcome geographic barriers.

James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank

US-Africa Business Forum: An interview with James Mwangi, CEO of Equity Bank, and Tom Klein, President & CEO of Sabre (Video)

James Mwangi, President and CEO of Equity Bank Group in Kenya, and Tom Klein, President and CEO of Sabre, discuss how Africa’s young population – average age 25 – is enabling faster adaptation and adoption of new technologies.

Penny Pritzker, US Commerce Secretary, at the US-Africa Business Forum

Africa Summit Set the Stage for US Business. Now What?

As the dust settles after the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit that took place in early August in Washington, a clearer picture is emerging of what it achieved.

Diana Layfield, CEO, Standard Chartered Africa

Standard Chartered has doubled to $5B its commitment to Power Africa: Diana Layfield, CEO, Standard Chartered Africa (Video)

Standard Chartered puts up its own capital and that of others.

Penny Pritzker, US Secretary of Commerce

Obama's Africa Summit, the largest event ever held by a US President with African heads of state: Q&A with Pritzker and Bloomberg

In the first week of August, U.S. President Barack Obama will convene the inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington D.C., an unprecedented gathering of African business and political leaders and heads of state.