The African & Caribbean Business Council's 8th Annual Winter Awards Dinner & International Business Summit

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 9:00am - Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00pm
Philadelphia Airport Double Tree by the Hilton Hotel, 4509 Island Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153
United States

The forum will bring together African, Caribbean and American entrepreneurs and government officials to discuss developing partnerships, and expanding trade between U.S. companies and African and Caribbean businesses.

The theme of this year’s program is “Addressing the Challenges of Small Business and African and Caribbean Diaspora Business to Promote Bilateral trade With African and Caribbean Nations”.

This year’s Honorary Chairmen of the Awards Dinner are Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, Congressman Dwight Evans and Senator Sharif Street. The Honorary Co-Chairs of this’ years program are: U.S Senator Bob Casey, U.S Congressman Bob Brady, Senator Vincent Hughes, State Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown, State Representative Stephen Kinsey, State Representative Donna Bullock, State Representative Jordan A. Harris, Councilman Curtis Jones, and Councilman David Oh. Kerry Kirkland, PA Department of General Services deputy secretary for diversity, inclusion and small business opportunities, is the keynote speaker of Saturday’s awards dinner. These elected officials at the federal, state and city levels have joined with ACBC to open export markets for Philadelphia area small businesses.

ACBC is the only organization in the region that is dedicated to promoting exports to the growing consumer markets on the continents of Africa and Caribbean. The International Business Forum is designed to present to the small business community resources that are available to finance their international transactions. Specialist from The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank Group, Exim-Bank, and the Small Business Administration (SBA), African Development Bank and the U.S Department of Commerce have been invited to make presentations.

Africa is open for business and ACBC is the only organization in the Greater Philadelphia region with direct access to this vast and growing market. At our November 2016 Awards dinner, ACBC signed a major memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the African Union Diaspora Forum (AUDAF). This MOU has opened the entire continent to ACBC. Africa, with 54 countries, a population of 1.1 billion people (and growing), a middle class growing at an exceptional rate, clearly is a developing market that we must pay attention to. In addition, African countries export over $10 billion in goods and services to Philadelphia ports; and Philadelphia firms export only $100 million in goods and services to African countries; this means Philadelphia area businesses have a $9.9 billion trade gap with the African continent. The work of ACBC as an organization is to help businesses to close this huge trade gap, by exporting their products, goods and services to Africa and the Caribbean.

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