City-Africa Clusters

Catalyzing economic, trade, business, investment, and capital flows between African countries and other countries.


Helping African and foreign firms grow simultaneously through a unique combination of networks, resources, and cross-sector clusters.

Afristratos Ecosystems

Afristratos™ is a strategy, structure, and methodology for leveraging partnerships via business ecosystems that drive new economic/business/investment opportunities.

Master Inclusive Industrial Catalyst Strategy for Africa Announced by The Afribiz Foundation (Press Release)

June 30, 2014, Washington, DC The Afribiz Foundation ( announces the Master Inclusive Industrial Catalyst Strategy for Africa (MIICSA), through which infrastructure for key industries aimed at micro, small, and medium enterprise participation and entrepreneurial/job opportunities will be developed. MIICSA will be adapted and implemented for the context of each country. Three demonstration sites are under consideration at the moment. Lauri Elliott, Executive Director for The Afribiz Foundation, says “while there is major infrastructure going on that will definitely benefit the Continent on the whole, there is still little integrated infrastructure that

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Leveraging Payment Options to Attract African Buyers: Webinar, July 16, 2014

Collecting payment from purchasers is a key concern for USA exporters to Africa. But did you know you can use specific payment options as a means to land more purchases and ensure you get paid? This webinar will provide a description of key forms of payment, as well as benefits and limitations. It will also cover how to tap US EXIM options for ensuring that you get paid. Dean Bagwell of Global Trade Insurance will lead this webinar.

The South African Consulate General in New York Hosting Special Africa Business Roundtable in Charlotte on June 10, 2014 (Press Release)

NEW YORK CITY (June 5, 2014) — The South African Consulate General in New York City will host an exclusive Business Roundtable luncheon to examine the business opportunities for North Carolina companies in Africa, the fastest growing emerging market in the world. The luncheon will take place on June 10, at the offices of ElliottDavis in Charlotte.  It will serve as a focal point for a series of events happening that week in Charlotte and Washington, DC, that will highlight the vast opportunities in Africa in such sectors as Infrastructure

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Speaker Bio: Kendal Tyre

Kendal Tyre co-leads NixonPeabody’s Africa Practice. He counsels franchise companies, manufacturing, retail and financial services companies on international business transactions. He represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, joint ventures and strategic alliances, licensing and franchise matters as well as corporate law matters.  Kendal is the editor for the “Franchising in Africa,” “M&A in Africa”, and “International Arbitration in Africa” legal book series, as well as a contributing author. He was recognized as one of the world’s leading franchising attorneys by the International Who’s Who of Franchising Lawyers

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Speaker Bio: Wanda Felton

Wanda Felton is First Vice President and Vice Chair of the Export Import Bank of the United States (“Ex‐Im Bank”). Nominated by President Obama, she was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve a second term. As Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, she votes on policy matters and transactions spanning global markets and industry sectors, including power generation, manufacturing, transportation and satellite communications, among others. Ms. Felton has approximately 25 years of investment banking and private equity advisory experience. Early in her career, she worked in corporate

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