On the invitation of Global Affairs Canada, we were pleased to host the African Union Commission's delegation to Ottawa on 16 May 2023.
Following engagements, led by the AUC Commissioner for Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining, H.E. Albert M. Muchanga (above), we are pleased to announce our intention to host an AU-Canada Forum in Addis Ababa in 2024.
During the visit to Ottawa, Albert M. Muchanga also signed a Global Affairs Canada-African Union Commission Cooperation Framework, establishing the Trade Policy Dialogue, led by Minister Mary Ng.
The Chamber's programming on the African Union has focused on promoting the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). As part of delivering information-sharing opportunities to accelerate trade and investment, the Chamber has curated Think Tank Perspectives.
A vital part of the future of a single African market are the crucial $180 billion worth of infrastructure projects, to which Canadian companies are invited to be a vital partner. This will be the focus of an AU-Canada Forum in Addis Ababa which we seek to hold just prior to the Investing in African Mining Indaba in February 2024.
We are also excited to profile many opportunities during Africa Accelerating 2023 taking place in Toronto.
On the invitation of our H.E. Muchanga, we are pleased to encourage members to participate in this year's Intra-African Trade Fair in Cairo, Egypt.
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Chair of the Board, Retired Ambassador Paula Caldwell St-Onge, participated in events with Minister Ng (left) and Senator Amina Gerba (right) in Ottawa during the week of H.E. Muchanga's visit to Canada.
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We thank our sponsors who make this work possible, so we can better serve our members as we plan top-level programming, cutting-edge content and exclusive insights for Chamber events. We look forward to welcoming members at Africa Accelerating 2023 to continue discussions on AU-related programming - providing the opportunity to engage further with the African Union, as many did in October last year with H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat.
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