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CEO Summit Highlights Small Business in Africa; Spotlight on Mozambique and Botswana

The Moroccan American Network will host its Third CEO Summit focusing on small business opportunities from the U.S. to Africa, on May 10, 2018, at the historical National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Entitled “Shaping the Future of Africa:  Challenges and Prospects,” CEO Summit 3 will present panel discussions and facilitate the exchange of ideas focusing on growing small business and investment opportunities on the continent of Africa.

The Network is honored to have U.S. Congressman Don S. Beyer, Jr. (D-VA) and the Honorable Robert White, Councilman-at-Large for the D.C. government as special guest speakers, along with His Excellency Carlos Dos Santos, Ambassador to the U.S. from the Republic of Mozambique, and His Excellency, David Newman, Ambassador from Botswana, as Guests of Honor. The conference will be attended by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce, think tank experts, academics, and business leaders.

The main objective of the CEO Summit 3 is to share ideas and highlight the resources that are available to help small businesses succeed both in the U.S., through the GSA and SBA, as well as in Africa, and to focus on international business opportunities.

“The summit is designed especially to expand opportunities for conducting business in Africa,” according to Mohamed El Hajjam, CEO of AV Actions Inc. and President of the Moroccan American Network.  “Specifically, we want to highlight opportunities for greater collaboration and exchange of ideas, promoting foreign investment and economic growth,” he said. “We will be engaging in dialogue and exchange of ideas for macro-opportunities, such as investments, as well as micro-opportunities, in areas such as infrastructure and health, and creating an environment where business leaders can meet other business leaders.”

“The summit will also highlight women’s economic empowerment in Africa,” said American attorney and MAN General Counsel Elisabeth Myers. “Leila Ndiaye, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Initiative for Global Development, will be featured on our Africa panel.”

The Moroccan American Network is a network of individuals dedicated to creating opportunities for small business. “Through our business, media, and cultural events, we expand business networks,” said El Hajjam. “The CEO Summit is an excellent opportunity to meet others who face the same challenges and to learn from the know-how of successful business people and experts in the field.”

The conference is presented by the Moroccan American Network, and sponsored by AV Actions Inc., Sanitas International, and Myers Energy International.

National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC.

For Security reasons, Advanced Registration Required

Thursday, May 10, 2018 11:30am – 4pm

Moroccan American Network is a network of senior individuals dedicated to creating opportunities for small business in the US, Morocco, and Africa.  Through dialogue, forums, and events, the Network serves as a platform to educate the American public, U.S. media, and U.S. government officials about business and investment opportunities, as well as the history and culture of North Africa, and to connect the Moroccan, American, Moroccan-American, African-American, and African small business and media communities.

The Network sponsors delegation visits and exchange trips between the U.S. and Morocco and engages in partnerships, including memoranda of understanding, solidifying relationships among sister cities, universities, and think tanks.  Our team consists principally of American and Moroccan-American advocates and lobbyists, lawyers, journalists, media and PR professionals and filmmakers, and think tank experts with 100+ combined years of experience on Capitol Hill and in international lobbying, national and local media, law and diplomacy, think tanks, and cutting-edge technology.

The Moroccan American Network est un réseau de professionnels seniors dédiés à la création d’opportunités pour les petites entreprises aux États-Unis, au Maroc et en Afrique.  Notre équipe se compose principalement d’Américains, avec un président maroco-américain. Nous sommes des lobbyistes, des avocats, des journalistes, des médias et des professionnels des relations publiques et des cinéastes, et les “think tank” experts avec plus de 100 ans d’expérience combinée sur Capitol Hill à Washington dans le lobbying international, les médias nationaux et locaux, le droit et la diplomatie, groupes de réflexion et la technologie “cutting edge.” Par le biais de dialogues, de forums et d’événements, le Réseau sert de plateforme pour éduquer le public américain, les médias américains et les responsables gouvernementaux américains sur les opportunités d’affaires et d’investissement, ainsi que sur l’histoire et la culture de l’Afrique du Nord. Communautés de petites entreprises et de médias américaines, maroco-américaines, afro-américaines et africaines. Le Network parraine des visites de délégation et des voyages d’échange entre les États-Unis et le Maroc et s’engage dans des partenariats, y compris des protocoles d’accord, solidifiant les relations entre les villes sœurs, les universités et les groupes de réflexion. 

AV Actions, Inc. is a premier, award-winning communications, event-staging, and AV company specializing in light and sound, based in Alexandria, Virginia

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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