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Key Role of Africa in Upcoming Supply Chain Conference

July 7, 2016

According to USTR’s Office of African Affairs, US imports from Africa have been up significantly since the implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Several non-oil sectors experienced sizable increases during this period, including apparel, footwear, and vehicles and parts.

If you have supply chain responsibilities including Africa sourcing, then you know how important some of these issues are:

  • Vetting and selecting suppliers, vendors and agents;

  • Using insurance to mitigate risk;

  • Avoiding and defending supply chain disputes;

  • Training, educating, and monitoring vendors.


Africa considerations will be a key part of the upcoming conference on Supply Chain Risks and Rewards in Emerging Markets.


The conference will be at the offices of Baker & McKenzie at B&M's White House Conference Room in Washington, DC on Oct. 13. The conference is sponsored by the Emerging & Frontier Markets Association, Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, and Zurich Insurance.


These are three of the many panelists with a strong Africa practice area:

Leila Ndiaye is the Director of Policy for Africa at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She develops, and executes the U.S. Africa Business Center's program  relating to trade policy and investment between the United States and countries in Africa, including bilateral trade and investment agreements and trade facilitation.


Reagan Demas of Baker & McKenzie whose experience in Africa includes evaluating business opportunities,providing advice on FCPA compliance and business operations (including solutions on issues of taxation, investment, entity registration, security, risk management and non-local employment), and conducting investigations, training and due diligence on behalf of clients in Africa.


Robert Tashima, managing editor for Africa with the Oxford Business Group (OBG). He is in charge of OBG's field research across the continent. Robert has helped oversee an expansion of OBG's research to many of the continent's largest emerging markets, including Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire and Kenya. He has also initiated field studies on sub-national and local economies and worked alongside key domestic stakeholders to identify new opportunities for potential foreign investors.


To learn more about the conference and the many fine speakers who will be participating, go to Supply Chain Conference on this web site. http://www.emerging-frontiermarkets.org/#!supply-chain-conference/d0tpw



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