The Center for Global Leadership collaborated with the Sub-Saharan Chamber of Commerce to host the East & Southern Africa Trade and Investment Conference in Bartley Hall on August 2nd. The conference highlighted current market trends and transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa, mining in Africa, trading and investment in the East and Southern Africa Trade Blocks (EAC & SADC), and private equity funds in Africa.
The audience heard from the following presenters regarding trade opportunities, trends and transactions: Mr. Larry Farris, Commercial Counselor, US Commercial Service, US Consulate General, Johannesburg, South Africa; Mr. Vuyo T. Dunjwa, Executive Chairman of the Board, Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Larry Nelson, International Trade Representative, Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development, DCED; and, Ms. Carol Brooks, Manager of Business Services & Diplomatic Liaison, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce.
The keynote address on African investment opportunities and private equity was delivered by Mr. Aubrey Mutale, Founder and CEO, UniCapital Group. UniCapital is a Pan African financial advisory firm operating in Johannesburg, South Africa. It cuts across all investment banking activities, providing advisory services and raising capital for equity deals. Among UniCapital's core strengths is the ability to advise international companies on investment into Sub-Saharan Africa based on intimate local knowledge of many areas. Their team of experts also advises Sub-Saharan based companies, both private and public, with mergers and acquisitions programs.
The Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce is a trade and investment promotion organization whose mission is to enhance mutual partnership, trade and investment with Sub-Saharan Africa. They serve as an information resource for strategic market data, as a facilitator of stakeholder networking, a broker of key transactions, and a voice for members and the business community in the creation of ideal business and economic conditions that foster growth and prosperity in the private sector. The objective of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce is to assist companies with finding suitable business partnerships, trade and investment opportunities as well as securing access to markets that result in increased business development and returns for exporters and investors. http://ssachamber.org/index.html