Investment and Ingenuity:

Overcoming Obstacles to Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa 

Remarks by
Aubrey Hruby
Visiting Fellow, Africa Center    
Atlantic Council

Discussion with:
William Asiko
Investment Climate Facility

Morten Jerven
Author of Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It

Diana Layfield
CEO, Africa Operations
Standard Chartered Bank

Hamilton Ratshefola
General Business Leader
IBM South Africa

Moderated by:
J. Peter Pham
Director, Africa Center 
Atlantic Council

In the context of the inaugural US-Africa Leaders Summit, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center is pleased to invite you to the launch of a new study about barriers to doing business in sub-Saharan Africa and how they can be overcome. Authored by Visiting Fellow Aubrey Hruby, the report argues that inadequate infrastructure, lack of market data, and poor policy implementation impede investment in Africa, despite growing opportunities to do so profitably. The publication also focuses on innovative solutions for surmounting such obstacles and how companies who have successfully entered African markets can provide lessons learned for future investors.
The discussion will provide a timely forum to discuss business in Africa, particularly in the immediate follow up to the first US–Africa Business Forum, one of the key Summit events which will take place the day before. 

DATE:  Wednesday, August 6, 2014

TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  

LOCATION: Atlantic Council
           1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor
            Washington, DC 20005

Representatives of the press are welcome and this event is on the record; members of the media should contact to register.


Read more on the US-Africa Leaders Summit here.