By Kestér Kenn Klomegâh
Southern African Republic of Botswana has been chosen to host the the 15th U.S.-Africa
Business Summit (USABS), a major platform to strengthen U.S.-Africa trade and investment
As African Heads of State, U.S. and African corporate business leaders successfully concluded in
Washington their mid-December U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the 2023 U.S.-Africa Business
Summit will further present a unique opportunity to sustain a positive momentum in U.S.-Africa
The U.S.-Africa Business Summit is a key pillar of the Corporate Council on Africa’s engagement
on the continent, hosting African heads of state, U.S. and African government officials, top CEOs
and Senior Business Executives spanning major sectors that are critical to the continent’s
development including infrastructure, ICT, health, energy, mining, and creative industries.
One of the world’s fastest growing economies over the past decade, Botswana is regarded as a
successful model for countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Anchored by a robust mining industry,
prudent macroeconomic policies and strong governance, the country is poised for a resilient
recovery post COVID-19.
The US government and private sector leaders, together with African political and corporate
business leaders, have been working consistently over these years to share insights on critical
issues and policies influencing the US-Africa economic partnership.
The concern is to review the opportunities for the United States and African public and private
sector leaders, how to strengthen the economic partnership between the United States and
Africa related to investments in key economic and trade sectors and the African Growth and
Opportunity Act (AGOA).
The White House said the Biden-Harris administration was prioritizing a broadened economic
relationships with Africa. And the United States investors are seriously looking forward to
exploring several opportunities on offer in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a
policy signed by African countries to make the continent a single market.
“We are honored that the Government of Botswana has accepted our invitation to host the 2023
US-Africa Business Summit in Gaborone and we thank President Masisi for embracing the
opportunity to forge two-way trade and investment partnerships between the U.S. and Africa,”
says Florie Liser, President and CEO of Corporate Council on Africa.
Florie Liser added that Botswana has demonstrated that effective economic policies, good
governance and investment in local processing create resilient economies. The 2023 US-Africa
Business Summit will be a momentous occasion to present Africa as a strong trade partner for
The 14th U.S.-Africa Business Summit themed “Building Forward Together” was held under the
High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco in Marrakech in July 2022.
The July 2022 summit explored a renewed commitment by both public and private sector
stakeholders in building stronger U.S. and Africa trade, investment and commercial ties after
slightly emerging from two years of unprecedented health and economic challenges. It was
coordinated and organized by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA). —