African Business Roundtable

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Boehne Auditorium 100 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Global Interdependece Center's African Business Roundtable, held in collaboration with the Annual ODUNDE Festival, will take place on Friday, June 8, 2018.

The roundtable will include presentations from several African nations and remarks from City Commerce Director Harold T. Epps, State Sen. Sharif Street, and Robert Scott, deputy assistant secretary of African Affairs, U.S. State Department. The keynote speaker is His Excellency Alan Kyerematen, Ghana Minister of Trade and Industry. 

This annual event is free, but registration is required.

Created in 1975, Odunde provides opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to meet, engage, cultivate, and learn about the African Diaspora’s heritage, communities, leadership and arts. Odunde is the largest African festival in the United States. Click here to learn more.


3:00 p.m. | Registration

3:30 p.m. | Welcoming Remarks

  • Harold T. Epps, Director of Commerce at the City of Philadelphia
  • Senator Sharif Street, Pennsylvania State Senator representing the Third Senatorial District of Philadelphia
  • Donald Rissmiller, Founding Partner of Strategas and Chairman of GIC

3:45 p.m. | Keynote Address

  • Alan Kyerematen, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Republic of Ghana

4:00 p.m. | Panel Session

  • H.E. Mamadou Haidara, Ambassador from Cote d’Ivoire
  • H.E. Etoundi Essomba, Ambassador from Cameroon
  • H.E. Gurly Gibson, Ambassador from Republic of Liberia
  • H.E. Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, Ambassador from Ghana

5:00 p.m. | Audience Q&A

  • Moderator: Hon. Stanley L. Straughter, Chairman, African and Caribbean Business Council

5:15 p.m. | Presentation by H.E. Dr. Erieka Bennett

  • Founder and Head of Mission of the (AU) African Diaspora Forum

5:25 p.m. | Conclusion

  • Oshunbumi Fernandez, CEO of Odunde
  • Jannie L. Blackwell, Member of the City Council of Philadelphia

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Reception
African American Museum of Philadelphia (701 Arch St)
Generously sponsored by the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Affairs

Cultural Exchange
Business and Commerce
International Relations