Georgetown Africa Business Conference
The Big Market
Harnessing Growth in a New Age of African Trade
January 31 - February 1 // Georgetown University // Washington DC
52 countries have signed on to the Africa Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), laying the groundwork for the largest single market in the world.
With the fastest growing middle class in the world and estimated buying power of +$1.4 trillion, the African consumer base represents an unmissable opportunity.
There are 618 tech hubs across the continent, building the talent and technology to reimagine existing products and launch new ones.
African-grown resource developers and refiners are shifting the narrative from pure extraction to value addition.
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"The Big Market: Harnessing Growth in a New Age of African Trade" is a big title, but we feel the topic deserves it. There's a growing push towards greater regional integration, through trade, energy, political and security collaboration and even currencies. Africa holds the fastest growing middle class in the world, vast stores of untapped resources and growing hubs of tech innovation. African-grown businesses are increasingly expanding into neighboring countries, or leaping into new regions seeking untapped markets. Greater integration, especially around business regulations, access to investment and infrastructure, will only make this easier. Yet despite these opportunities clear challenges that threaten to slow investment remain, ranging from persistent beliefs around risk, bureaucratic hurdles and uneven access to data.
GTABC 2020 will bring together a range of policy makers both in and out of government who are helping to drive and frame the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, business leaders and startup founders hoping to capitalize on new opportunities, and students and young professionals who will help define the future.
2020 will mark Georgetown's 5th annual Africa Business Conference - both a signature event of the University and a unique student-led collaboration between the McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service's African Studies Program. Each conference has built upon the ones before it, bringing together business and policy leaders, mixing in the dynamism and innovation of students and startup founders, and helping shape conversations around business across the African continent.
The goal has always remained the same; showcasing the growth and impact of the private sector across the African continent and facilitating a discussion on the opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed to continue this success.
We look forward to welcoming all of you at the end of January. If you have any questions or thoughts regarding the conference please feel free to reach out to the team.
-Albert Hudson, Ryan Dunn & the GTABC Planning Team