Center for Strategic Communication

Date: October 2, 2014

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:30pm

Location: American Security Project, 7th Floor West Tower, 1100 New York Ave. NW Washington, DC

p080614ck-0152_1The half-day event will bring together experts from the public and private sector, as well as policy makers and members of the media to discuss the mutually beneficial impacts of US private investment on the African continent, opportunities for practical investment, and how to effectively manage the accompanying risk.

12:00pm – 12:30pm    Networking and Lunch Refreshments

12:30pm – 12:45pm    Welcome by ASP – Mr. Nelson Cunningham

12:45pm – 1:45pm Panel One

Extending America’s National Security through Private Sector Investments

The panel will discuss how strengthening US-Africa economic ties through investment can increase stability and serve US national security interests without boots on the ground.  It will also include an examination of the present roles of the United States government in taking forward these concepts by supporting private investment.

Chair: Mr. Nelson Cunningham, McLarty Associates

Panelists: DAS Hon. Bisa Williams, Bureau of African Affairs – State Department

Director Leocadia Zak, USTDA

Mr. Scott Eisner, VP Africa Affairs and International Operation – US Chamber of Commerce

2:00pm –3:00pm Panel Two

Opportunities for Investment in Africa

The panel will discuss investment opportunities across sectors and regions in Africa with a focus on energy, petrochemicals, and telecommunications. The focus will be on key geographic opportunities, potential ROIs, and how the US government and individual embassies can support US private investment in Africa.

Chair: Mr. Peter Choharis, Choharis Global Solutions

Panelists: Mr. Patrice Backer, COO – AFIG Funds

further panelists to be announced

*Networking Opportunity with Refreshments*

 3:30 pm– 4:30pm Panel Three

How to Invest and Manage Risk for US Companies

The panel will examine mechanisms for investment and how to most effectively manage the accompanying risk.  As the capstone discussion, topics will include how to secure capital, navigating various regulatory environments, managing risk insurance, preferred financial centers, and how to best secure shareholder return.

Chair: Mr. Eliot Pence, Director, Africa – McLarty Associates

Panelists: Mr. Dante Disparte, Managing Director – Clements Worldwide

         Dr. Barbara Samuels, Executive Director – Global Clearing Hours for Development Finance; UN FfD Business Steering Committee

                   Mr. Andrew Herscowitz, Power Africa Director – USAID

                   Mr. John Moran, VP of Insurance – OPIC


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