Canada is active at the highest levels in Africa and we have been privileged to join the Prime Minister, Ministers and business leaders in African markets - from large firms to SMEs - in February 2020.
The Prime Minister announced the Chamber's latest MoU in Ethiopia, witnessed by Minister Mary Ng, during his official press conference at the African Union.
A commitment to a Clean Growth Symposium during 2021 was also announced, to which The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business is honoured to partner.
[Published on 20 February 2020]
Our Chairman, Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, attended a reception earlier this week in Ottawa with the Prime Minister and several Ministers, recapping the recent Africa mission by the Prime Minister. Sebastian joined Mr. Trudeau at the State Dinner in Senegal, among other engagements.
In Ethiopia Prime Minister Trudeau attended the signing of an MoU between The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations. We look forward to welcoming the Ethiopian Chamber to Canada in the coming months, while we are preparing for a conference in Addis Ababa. This is an exciting partnership in a dynamic market.
Earlier this month President Garreth Bloor and Chamber Secretary Wayne Floreani visited South Africa for the Mining Indaba to promote the now sold-out Annual Mining Breakfast. We were joined at Indaba by Minister Mary Ng for Small Business, Exports and Trade Diversification, as well as Shadow Trade Minister Randy Hoback.
Bloor joined Minister Ng and Shadow Minister Hoback with a delegation of Canadian clean tech companies in Nairobi and onward to Addis Ababa, following the Mining Indaba.
The Chamber's East Africa Chapter Head Deepak Dave opened the Minister's Business Forum with Canadian companies who convened in the Kenyan capital. Kenya Private Sector Alliance CEO Carole Kariuki addressed the event, noting KEPSA's firm desire to work with The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business on an MoU. Deepak Dave, with a long illustrious history as a Chamber board member - and leader in the financial sector - launched the Chamber's chapter outside Canada, in Kenya. East Africa is a vital hub for Canadian business.
Chamber board members active on the continent in February, in addition to our companies, included Chair Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, Andrew Cheatle, Wayne Floreani, Alan Friedman, Joe Lombard and Thys Terblanche.