Monday, March 19, 2012, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Ecobank, one of Africa’s largest banks, is coming to Charlotte, the 2nd largest financial center in the United States, in April. Ecobank is the anchor sponsor for the inaugural Charlotte Africa Business Week, which is occurring April 24-28, 2012.
Charlotte Africa Business Week (CABW) 2012 is the first ever initiative of this kind to connect Charlotte with business opportunities in Africa. CABW partners are the Global Business Roundtable (GBR); Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI), an umbrella chamber of commerce organization for chambers across Africa and based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;Afribiz, a division of Conceptualee, Inc.; and University of North Carolina Charlotte’s (UNCC’s) Africana Studies Department.
Albert Essien, Deputy CEO of Ecobank, will represent Ecobank at CABW and provide the keynote business address at the main conference, “Doing Business in Fast-Growing Africa,” on Friday, April 27 at the Center City Campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is joined by other notable business leaders like Sipho Mseleku, President of the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of the Global Business Roundtable, and Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner of Ethiopia and Head of Transaction Advisory Services Eastern Africa for Ernst and Young.
CABW 2012 will bring together not only the private sector in Charlotte and across Africa, but also those in the academic and social sectors. It will also create a basis for energizing the African diaspora in the area to work more collectively to create bridges between Africa and the United States.
CABW is a part of the ongoing initiative, Charlotte Africa Initiative, which will be launched during CABW. Charlotte Africa Initiative is an integrated platform for the Charlotte Metro region and the State of North Carolina to engage with the emerging continent of Africa – economically, culturally, academically, etc. Its aim is to improve and enrich the lives and livelihoods of communities in the United States, starting with Charlotte, and those on the continent of Africa through business and entrepreneurial opportunities. Its mandate is to provide linkages between Charlotte and Africa to catalyze trade, economic, and investment flows.
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Press release issued by Conceptualee, Inc.
About Ecobank Group
Incorporated in Lomé, Togo, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) is the parent company of the Ecobank Group, which is present in more countries in Africa than any other bank in the world. Ecobank currently operates in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Group also has an affiliate in Paris and representative offices in Dubai, Johannesburg, London and Luanda. ETI is listed on the stock exchanges in Lagos, Accra and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) – the BRVM. The Group has over 23 000 employees from 35 different countries in over 1,100 branches. Ecobank is a full service bank providing wholesale, retail, investment and transactional banking services to governments, financial institutions, multinationals, local companies, SMEs and individuals. For more information, please visit: http://www.ecobank.com.