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Trade with Africa Business Summit to Convene Global Leaders in NWA

Listen to Toyin Umesiri discuss opportunities in Africa on the Gateways Podcast!

January 23, 2018 – The Trade with Africa Business Summit will convene in Bentonville, Ark. from May 10-11th, 2018. The Summit is designed to position Arkansas as a favorable destination for African business and political leaders looking to create new partnerships in the U.S.

The Trade With Africa Business Summit will engage leaders and innovators in sustainable agriculture, business, trade, women empowerment and digital acceleration in Africa. People interested in attending can read an executive summary of the event here.

“The aim of the event is to ignite a fresh dialog that educates and showcases effective strategies for increasing trade between the U.S. and African countries,” said Toyin Umesiri, CEO of Nazaru and convener of the Summit.

Umesiri says that although some level of success has been accomplished after the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act was passed in 2000, the U.S. still has minimal engagement with sub-Saharan Africa.

“On the U.S. side, there are several constraints including lack of awareness, supporting business data, misconceptions and an information gap,” she says. “On the African side, there is a lack of information related to available business partnerships and opportunities for African businesses as well as education on ways to secure investments needed to build the level of capacity required to meet U.S. standards.”

Speakers for this event include Donnie smith, former CEO of Tyson Foods, Scott Ford, CEO of Westrock Coffee, Finn Holman, Trade Promotion and AGOA, USAID East Africa Trade Hub and Denise Thomas, Director of Africa and Middle East Trade for the World Trade Center Arkansas.

For more information about the Trade with Africa Business Summit, visit or contact Toyin Umesiri at or call 989-400-6711.

The mission of the World Trade Center Arkansas is to grow trade and increase Arkansas exports by connecting Arkansas businesses to the world through international trade services. For more information and valuable updates, please follow the Center on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to the World Trade Center Arkansas newsletter.