The Office of the Wayne County Executive and the Wayne County Commission to host the 25th Annual African World Expo U.S.-Africa Business Forum – June 12-13, 2014

The office of the Wayne County Executive and the Wayne County Commission, will host the 25thAfrican World Expo U.S.-Africa Business Forum on June 12-13, 2014 in Detroit Michigan. The 25th annual event will take place on the 32nd floor of the Guardian Building which is the home of the Wayne County Executive and Commission, 500 Griswold in downtown Detroit. This event is supported by the Wayne County Executive and the Wayne County Commission in collaboration with the State of Michigan and the City of Detroit. Wayne county is home to several Fortune 500 companies, that are interested in exploring the viability and possibilities of establishing relations with international businesses around the globe.   Many of the leading auto suppliers located in Wayne County have business locations owned by foreign parent companies. “Wayne County understands the value of global business collaborations”, stated Efiong. “That’s why we are extremely excited about this business forum and we are really looking forward to providing an opportunity for the African delegation to be introduced to and be able to begin meaningful dialogue with American businesses,” Efiong continued.
His Excellency Amb. Adebowale I. Adefuye, Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Innocent Chukwuma Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company, Dimeji Owofemi, Executive Chairman, Multi-Trex Intergrated Foods Pls, Sam Ohuabunwa, President, Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Committee and their members, are all part of the delegation from Nigeria that will attend this event. The mission presents a unique opportunity for both Nigerian and Michigan companies to meet directly with buyers, distributors and key players that Michigan based companies need to know in order to facilitate business in the Nigerian market.
With over 170 million inhabitants, Nigeria is a strong resource base, with tremendous economic growth prospects. The Nigerian governmental emphasis on investing in developing the country’s infrastructure and industry, positions Nigeria to offer significant opportunities for exports of U.S. equipment, technology and services. Nigerian leaders have embarked on programs to dramatically expand the country’s electrical energy generation capacity, improve its roads and bridges, commercialize its impressive natural gas resources, and revitalize its manufacturing sector. “A positive orientation toward US products, services and technology, makes Nigeria a market U.S. companies need to include in their international business development plans”, stated Efiong.
The forum will help businesses learn about trade financial services offered by U.S. commercial banks and trade financing agencies. Information on how to enter new markets, access working capital, find buyers, establish credit and identify financial support, as well as information on protection against nonpayment, and strategies to improve cash flow.
A number of key African and United States business leaders have been invited to the forum, including Roderick Rickman Chairman and CEO of Rickman Enterprise Group LLC International, Alan Young CPA Managing Director Alan C. Young and Associates, William Brooks CEO Brooks Enterprise, Kenneth Harris CEO Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, Donald E. Snider President Metro Business Connect, LLC, Harvey Hollins, II Director of the Michigan Office of Urban & Metropolitan Initiatives, Dr. Curtis L. Ivery Chancellor Wayne County Community College District, (WCCCD) Hon. Gary Loster Chairman, Motherland Group LLC, Mfon Oworoetop CEO, Coast To Coast, Robin Cole James, CEO Professional Medical Center, Omobonike Odegbami Provost of Professional Development, (WCCCD) United African Community Organizations Dr. Salewa Ola, African Caribbean Chamber of Commerce Errol Service, Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization, U.S.A. and the Nigerian Foundation of Michigan.
The Business Forum will be held at the Wayne County Guardian Building, 500 Griswold Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226 on Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday, June 13, 2014 from 9:00am-1:00 pm.
The event is organized by the African World Expo in partnership with Watts Partners, Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce, Core Logistics and the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC. For more information please contact 313-729-3765 or email

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