Danya’s CEO Attends Corporate Council on Africa’s 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit

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The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) hosted its 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit on October 8–11, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois. This 4-day conference brought together more than 1,000 public and private-sector representatives from more than 70 countries to discuss the importance of expanding private-sector trade and investment between the United States and the nations of Africa. The conference highlighted the key areas in which our members feel Africa presents its greatest case for investment: agribusiness, energy, health, security, infrastructure, capacity building, information and communications technology (ICT), and finance. Dr. Jeff Hoffman, Danya International’s CEO and former CCA Board Member, participated in the conference and met with several key officials from Ethiopia—where Danya is planning to set up its second East Africa office—including the Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Girma Birru, the Deputy Foreign Minister and State Minister Dawano Kedir, and the Director General of the Ethiopian Investment Agency Fitsum Arega to discuss Danya’s plans for investing and registering as a management consulting firm in Ethiopia. According to Dr. Hoffman, “This conference was a great opportunity to meet with some of the key Ethiopian government officials to help lay the groundwork for expanding Danya’s activities in East Africa. These officials offer a warm welcome to U.S. companies to invest and work in Ethiopia and will assist with navigating the process.” Dr. Hoffman also joined in the signing ceremony between Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing to announce their partnership to double-wire harness production at Ethiopian Airlines’ Wire Harness Facility. He had the opportunity to meet Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, and Kagnew Asfaw, Ethiopian Airlines Regional Director for the Americas, to congratulate them on the continued success of Ethiopian Airlines. “Ethiopian Airlines is one of the shining star companies in Africa and one of the best airlines in the world,” said Dr. Hoffman. “Having flown on one of the new Ethiopian 787 Dreamliners, I can say without a doubt that Ethiopian Airlines is operating a state-of-the-art airline company!” For more information about the CCA Summit see their website: http://www.cvent.com/events/9th-biennial-u-s-africa-business-summit/event-summary-70d14537c5b34b74944fe720f508eb77.aspx

By Melissa Jackson


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