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The Corporate Council on Africa to Host Major African Oil and Gas Forum in Houston,Texas

WASHINGTON, DC - The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) will host the "West Africa Oil & Gas Forum" in Houston, Texas from November 19-20 at the Westin Oaks Hotel. The Forum will focus on oil & gas production and opportunities for the U.S. petroleum industry in West Africa. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Walter Kansteiner, will open the conference. West African petroleum ministers, senior level executives from major U.S. petroleum companies and other U.S. government personnel administering African policy will also attend the conference. The audience will include government and national petroleum company representatives from Angola, Cameroon, Chad, the Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Mauritania, Nigeria and Sao Tome & Principe, as well as U.S. oil and gas executives from throughout the nation.

Interest in West African oil and gas as a major source of energy for the United States continues to grow as national planners look to decrease dependence on Middle Eastern supplies. The region is vital to businesses in the U.S. petroleum industry as production, new discoveries, and exploration develop at a fast pace. Currently, the region supplies almost 15 percent of U.S. energy needs and imports are expected to rise to nearly 25 percent by 2005.

The "West Africa Oil & Gas Forum" will provide U.S. companies accurate guidance on the political and economic situations in the region as well as direction on related U.S. government policy. Plenary sessions will include: "Energy, Infrastructure and Economic Development: A Public-Private Partnership for Economic Growth," "African Oil and U.S. Priorities," and "Risk Management in African Oil Investments." Individual country workshops will address petroleum and energy priorities; upcoming procurement and bloc biddings; and the regulatory environment.

Registration for the Forum is $500 for members of the CCA and $950 for non-members. For more information contact Christopher Alion at 202-835-1115 or by email at Online registration for the Forum can be found on CCA's website

The Corporate Council on Africa, established in 1992, is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization of nearly 160 American companies dedicated to strengthening trade and investment ties between the United States and Africa. CCA members represent nearly 85 percent of total U.S. private sector investments in Africa.


CCA's South African Business Linkage Program Extended and Expanded through 2004


WASHINGTON, DC: The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is proud to announce the expansion and extension of its South African International Business Linkages (SAIBL) Program. SAIBL, designed to strengthen trade and investment partnerships between U.S. companies and historically disadvantaged South African businesses, will launch its two new components, the Promoting Agribusiness Linkages (PAL) program and a Regional Trade Pilot Project, for 2002-2004. The SAIBL program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is implemented in partnership by CCA and Ebony Consulting International based out of Johannesburg, South Africa. The program has generated more than US$185 million in business transactions for South African and U.S. companies in less than five years and helped create more than 5,000 jobs. As of June 2002, 4,896 firms had accessed SAIBL's services.

"The SAIBL program has been a major vehicle for expanding U.S. commercial relationships with smaller sized South African companies over the last several years," said CCA President Stephen Hayes. "Its expansion is a testament to its success."

The agribusiness sector is a crucial element of South African economic and private sector development. The new PAL Project will facilitate networks and linkages between historically disadvantaged smallholder farmers and larger, more mainstream, agribusiness markets. 

While up to this point SAIBL has covered only South Africa, its Regional Pilot initiative will enable the South African firms and the U.S. private sector entities to capitalize on the ever-expanding business and integration taking place between South Africa its neighboring countries. Botswana, Tanzania and Zambia will be the target countries. SAIBL's focus on AGOA is also highlighted by the recent addition of an AGOA program coordinator to the Johannesburg office.

CCA, established in 1992, is a nonpartisan 501 (c) (3) membership organization of nearly 150 American corporations dedicated to strengthening the commercial relationship between the United States and Africa. CCA members represent nearly 85 percent of total U.S. private sector investments in Africa.

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