The impact of globalization and increasingly diversified global investment portfolios have prompted countries in the Americas and Africa to strengthen existing bilateral relations and seek out new opportunities for commercial partnerships.

Over the past decade, there has been a marked increase in the numbers of companies from the Americas exploring opportunities in African markets and vice versa. By 2010 some countries like Brazil successfully increased trade with Africa from $ 4 billion in 2000 to $ 20 billion. In 2009 Brazils total investments in Africa was listed at some $200 billion. Supported by high levels of growth, Africans investors are now also exploring new opportunities for trade and investment in Latin America and the Caribbean. New opportunities continue to be found in both regions, as improvements to the telecommunications and infrastructure help to bridge traditional gaps.

Within the last 10 years, 6 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world have been listed in sub-Saharan Africa. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that Africa will occupy seven of the top ten places over the next five years. Yet the volume of trade between these two regions is still low in spite of partial trade agreements between individual countries.

It is against this background that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, through the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in Washington, DC, and the Organization of American States, through the Office of the Assistant Secretary General, with support from Corporate Council on Africa and the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, have jointly organized the “Americas-Africa Business Forum: New Commercial Partnerships for Economic Growth.” 

The ultimate objective of the Forum, which will take place at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. is to seek out new commercial partnerships, strengthen existing ones and increase business development, trade and investment.






To foster new business partnerships and cooperative ventures to tap the potential for greater trade and investment and collaboration between both regions especially in the energy, agribusiness and mining sectors.


The Office of the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States, the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in Washington, D.C. with the support from the Corporate Council on Africa and the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.


  • Business executives from the Africa and the Americas
  • Diplomats from all regions
  • High-level government officials from the Americas and Africa





The Americas-Africa Business Forum is a one-day event which will highlight the vast untapped opportunities for Western Hemisphere-African commercial relationship.  Keynote remarks will be delivered by high-level government officials from both regions followed by a panel on the challenges and opportunities for commercial partnerships. Three parallel sessions will focus on the energy, agri-business and mining sectors. There will be a panel of Ministers of Finance from Africa and the Americas taking advantage of the presence in Washington of Ministers of Economy and Finance from around the world who will meet during the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings.



  • Identification of new and profitable, and employment creating business, trade, and investment opportunities to strengthen Americas-Africa economic relations.
  • Creation of a business network that encourages and facilitates Americas-Africa business cooperation including joint ventures for trade and investment. The network can serve as the clearing house for business contacts, information exchanges, investment and export missions and other forms of networking with a view to promoting specific private sector ventures.





Hall of the Americas-Organization of American States located at 17th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington DC.



The Organization of American States has a Corporate Rate for participants at the State Plaza Hotel and the St. Gregory Hotel.  Room availability is on a first come first serve basis and all participants are in charge of liaising directly with either hotel regarding reservations.

Please note that several simultaneous events will be taking place in Washington DC at the time of this conference. With this in mind, we recommend that hotel reservations be made as soon as possible. 

State Plaza Hotel
2117 E Street NW Washington, DC 20037

State Suite (Single/Double Occupancy)


Plaza Suite (Single/Double Occupancy)


Full American Breakfast


For Reservations: Guests can make reservations directly by calling 1-800-424-2859 or 202-861-8200. Please refer to the “Organization of American States (Reference Code S1047)” to guarantee the preferred rate. Reservations can also be made via email to [email protected] or 202-833-6966.


St. Gregory Hotel
2033 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20036-5305

Deluxe Room


Junior Suite


Continental Breakfast


For Reservations: Guests can make reservations directly by calling 202-530-3600 or 1-800-829-5034. Please refer to the “Organization of American States - Americas-Africa Business Forum - Reference Code 10269” when making the reservation in order to guarantee the preferred rate.