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 2019 Conference Theme:

Expanding California Trade & Investment

with Africa & the Caribbean

Our 2019 Pan African Global Trade & Investment Conference will focus on expanding California bilateral trade and investment with Africa and the Caribbean via the proactive engagement of the following programs of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-BIZ):

  • Bilateral Foreign Direct Investment How California can promote its Foreign Direct Investment program to obtain foreign direct investment from Africa and the Caribbean while seeking similar viable business investment opportunities for Californian businesses and entrepreneurs on the African continent and the Caribbean Community
  • International Trade Agreements How California can establish international trade agreements with CARICOM and African nations that have recently joined the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and/or have been approved for participation in the African Growth & Opportunities Act (AGOA).
  • Establishing a Pan African Office of Trade & Investment to promote and facilitate trade and investment between California, Africa & the Caribbean.
  • How The California STEP Program can help entrepreneurs & small businesses prepare for engagement in Africa and the Caribbean via international trade development training, trade missions to African and Caribbean nations currently doing business with California, and bilateral Africa-Caribbean California Trade Shows. 

The focus of the conference presentations and workshops will be how the expansion of California's current legislation and/or multilateral trade programs with Africa and the Caribbean can provide the following benefits:

  • Generating increased bilateral investment in economic development where infrastructure and business development would provide needed improvements.
  • Creating opportunities for marketing California's corporate and small businesses products and services in developing African Nations and the Caribbean
  • Creating jobs in both the leisure and business travel market
  • Creating educational exchanges between California's educational institutions (public colleges in the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges) and private institutions studying and embarking on study trips to African and Caribbean educational institutions for cultural and economic reasons.
  • Establishing trade and commerce in intellectual property, mechanical equipment and agricultural products between California businesses and their counterparts in Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Supporting existing California state programs and institutions for promoting effective and fair business, educational, and cultural relations between California, Africa & the Caribbean. 

For more information about opportunities for

speakers and workshop presenters contact: 

Al Washington, Executive Director

Africa-USA Chamber of Commerce & Industry


[email protected]