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African Global Economic and Development Summit concludes


The 2013 African Global Economic and Development Summit (AGED), organized by Green Development Group and held on the campus at the University of Southern California this week, may have gone a long way to debunking myths surrounding doing business in Africa.

The summit, held Aug. 13-14, showcased high-yielding investment and trade opportunities in Africa.

“The U.S. has lagged well behind fast-moving China to take advantage of these opportunities, but it is not too late for U.S. investors and traders to make significant market inroads,” said the organization.

The summit worked to demystify doing business in Africa and highlighted not only shovel-ready bankable investment opportunities, but also huge import needs across many sectors that U.S. exporters could supply.

“Summits like this give us an opportunity to reflect upon Africa and to be able to sort of tour Africa from America, and to get people ready to go there,” said Global Green Development Group’s CEO Mary Flowers. “We have trade missions planned for next year to Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana, and we hope that people will become inquisitive and look at the opportunities that are there. Economic development is huge. For those of us who are feeling the sting from our economy, Africa is the place to be. It’s rising. We are calling it the last frontier.”

Aliko Dangote of Nigeria, a self-made magnate who is considered the Warren Buffet of Africa, was a key speaker at the summit. Other speakers included African media mogul, Ben Murray-Bruce of SilverBird Group, key U.S. government trade officials, and experienced practitioners in exporting, importing, and international banking and logistics.

Participants more advanced in foreign trade and international project development had the opportunity to make one-on-one appointments with any of the featured project presenters to discuss how they can benefit from these projects as investors and/or traders.

Global Green Development Group is a consortium of independent, privately owned companies with backgrounds in providing lasting solutions to environmental and socioeconomic issues within the emerging and developing economies around the globe. The areas of specialty include agriculture, infrastructure development, and energy (including oil and gas).

For more information, contact Mary Flowers, Global Green Development Group at (909) 396-5141 or visit the website at