7:00 am - 4:00 pm | Registration
8:30 am - 9:30 am | Welcome and Remarks
9:30 am - 11:00 am | Roundtable I - Promoting African Trade and Diversification: A Business Imperative
As a result of the AU Heads of State agreement to establish a Continental Free Trade Area, Africa is now on a path to reduce barriers to the movement of goods and people across the continent and to significantly increase intra-African trade. This commitment along with a plan for enhanced African industrialization will support value-added manufacturing and the diversification of African economies. The round table will present an opportunity for high-level dialogue on the implementation of these commitments, and what African and U.S. businesses see as the critical steps that must be taken to make the promise of increased and more diversified African trade a reality.
11:00 am - 11:30 am | Networking Break
11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Roundtable II – Increasing Power Supply through Cross Border Networks
As the demand for power in Africa continues to grow, regional networks will be critical to increasing the number of people who have access to power and more importantly provide the much-needed capacity for the rapid industrialization being experienced in Africa.
New resource discoveries and alternative fuel all hold incredible regional opportunities for the entire continent. The roundtable will discuss the kinds of regulatory reforms required to aid investment, the role of various actors and how they come together to deliver efficient and secure access to power across the Continent.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Luncheon
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Roundtable III - The Business of Agriculture: Creating Successful Agribusinesses
The agribusiness sector has the ability to positively impact the economies of African countries because of its ability to lift millions out of poverty. The time is ripe to invest in building a 21st century business-oriented and sustainable agribusiness sector given the amount of arable land, entrepreneurship, and infrastructural development occurring on the continent. Despite the sluggish pace of agribusiness investments in Africa, there are examples of very successful agribusiness operations where governments and the private sector are working together to positively impact economic development.
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm | Break
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm | Roundtable IV - Advancing Public Private Partnerships on Non-Communicable Diseases
This session continues the health forum discussion that took place in September of this year on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) where the World Health Organization engaged with CCA private sector organizations on promoting increased public/private sector collaboration on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). There is widespread recognition that millions around the globe are dying prematurely from diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. To achieve Goal 3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development, nations agreed that good health and well-being is essential. This goal is also expressed in the African Union 2063 Agenda.
Panelists in this session will talk about specific benchmarks and measure that can be implemented and identify best practices in helping to make real progress in the fight against NCDs.