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Light up Ahead – Burgeoning Opportunities of Trade in Africa.

Global Trade Virtual Conference 2021

Friday, Sept 24, 2021
8:30am-3:00pm CST
9:30am-4:00pm EST
3:30pm-9:50pm GMT+2

This Global Trade Virtual Conference on The U.S.-African Trade Partnership is hosted by Minnesota African’s United in partnership with Prosper Africa,  Global Minnesota, Bremer Bank, and US Commercial Services. The theme for this conference is "Light up Ahead – Burgeoning Opportunities of Trade in Africa." Our focus for the conference is to provide opportunity between the US and Africa to engage and learn more about trade in the areas of agriculture and healthcare. The conference will highlight discussions on trade, exports, and investments between both continents. The conference will also provide opportunities for networking with senior executives of healthcare and agriculture companies in the US and Africa.


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Hon. Roy Kachale Banda

Minister of Industry, The Republic of Malawi 


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Governor Tim Walz

Governor of Minnesota State

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Travis Adkins

 Deputy Assistant Administrator

in the Bureau of Africa, USAID

Rep. Dean Phillips

U.S. Congressman

Minnesota's 3rd

Congressional District

Algene T. Sajery

Vice President of the Office of External Affairs, U.S. Development Finance Corporation 

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Emel Lyons 

  Senior Director f the Europe, Africa & Middle East Division, Foreign Agricultural

Service at USDA

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H.E. Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao

 Former African Union Ambassador to the U.S., President & Founder ADDI

Mark Ritchie


Global Minnesota

Basil Ajuo 


Minnesota Africans United 

Dr. Fatima Lawson 

 Board Chair

Minnesota Africans United 


Christine Brown 

 Director, Trade Policy U.S.

Small Business



Serge-Alain Wandji, PhD 


President & CEO,

DiaspoCare, LLC

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Joy E. DiBenedetto

Group Director,


Equity Group Holdings

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Ned Rauch-Mannino 


Portsmouth Limited Company

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Toyin Awesu

Communications Advisor

Prosper Africa

Lisa Coppé 

Senior Manager,

Sub-Saharan Africa

U. S. Trade &  Devt Agency

Pr. Kokou

Adambounou, MD, PhD 

Head of Telemedicine Unit

University Hospital System, Togo

Charles Amevo


Global Portfolio

Consulting C.A., LLC

William (Bill) Fanjoy

Managing Director for Domestic Commercial
Engagement for Prosper Africa, a U.S. Gov't-led initiative

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Patterson Brown 

Trade and Economic Growth

Team Lead

USAID/Bureau for Africa

Jessica Nyaribo

 Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee

MN Africans United 

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