U.S. Chamber Names Aliko Dangote Co-Chair of U.S.-Africa Business Center

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a show of further

commitment to collaboration by the business communities in the United

States and across Africa, today named Aliko Dangote, Africa's most

successful businessman, as the co-chair of its U.S.-Africa Business

Dangote will serve alongside Jay Ireland, president and CEO of GE Africa,

as a leader for the U.S.-Africa Business Center Board of Directors.

“We are honored to have Aliko Dangote on board to help guide the business

communities' efforts in pursuit of a new era of unprecedented growth

between the United States and Africa,” said Scott Eisner, president of the

U.S.-Africa Business Center. “The future of job creation lies in the

hearts and minds of business leaders and their enterprises across Africa.

We are fortunate to have an opportunity to tap into the expertise of

Dangote and our board to ensure that U.S. companies have strong partners

across Africa and can provide access to African companies interested in

the U.S. market.”
One of Africa's leading industrialists, Dangote is a member of several

national and foreign organizations where he devotes his resources to

contribute to the growth and development of African society. In October

2013, he was named by Forbes as the Most Powerful Man in Africa.

“Taking on this role with the U.S. Chamber sends a clear message across

Africa:  American companies no longer see Africa as a stepping stone to

global trade, but rather, as the future of trade,” said Dangote. “Africa

has emerged as one of the most promising growth regions in the world

thanks to its vast array of industries, natural resources, and services.

Continued and sustainable growth lies in the ability to improve regional

integration, which will, in turn, help create a business environment that

is more attractive to international investors.
“I believe strongly in Africa's potential, and we are proud that the

U.S.-Africa Business Center will serve as the apex organization to promote

trade and investment between the United States and the vibrant economies

across the continent,” added Dangote.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation

representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes,

sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry

associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 70

regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business

councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117

American Chambers of Commerce abroad.
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