Registration for the event starts at 9:15 a.m.

Morocco's Emergence as a Gateway to Business in Africa

Issue Brief Launch

A discussion with
H.E. Moulay Hafid Elalamy
Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment, and the Digital Economy
Kingdom of Morocco

Mohamed El Kettani
Chairman and CEO
Attijariwafa Bank

Karim Hajji
Casablanca Stock Exchange

Nabil Habayeb
President and CEO
Middle East, North Africa & Turkey


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

Welcome by
Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

The landmark US-Africa Leaders Summit, set to take place in Washington from August 4-6, will be the largest event of its kind between a US president and African heads of state and government. It will focus attention on the political and economic ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic regions. However, despite being home to some of fastest growing economies on the globe, Africa still poses significant challenges for businesses seeking to partner in its development.
Increasingly, Morocco has emerged not only as a significant US political and strategic partner in Africa, but also as an attractive portal for investment and business headed to the continent. With its position as a rising economic power with burgeoning economic and commercial links across the continent and beyond, Morocco’s firms now account for almost 10 percent of all business transacted across Africa.

A new study by the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, authored by Director J. Peter Pham and Senior Fellow Ricardo René Larémont, looks at this phenomenon and examines the compelling advantages that position Morocco to help America and its businesses expand their own engagement with Africa.

Join the Atlantic Council and senior officials and business leaders as we launch this publication and discuss US interests and the opportunities to deepen economic and commercial cooperation with Morocco and other African countries.

August 4, 2014
9:15 a.m. Registration
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Program

Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW
12th Floor (West Elevator)
Washington, DC 20005

This event is open to press and on the record.