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EVENTS | OPIC & ASPEN DIASPORA INVESTMENT FORUM FOR EAST AFRICA, OCTOBER 13-14, BOSTON

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Posted October 11, 2015 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Events ~ 1,426 views

     

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BOSTON, MA – October 8, 2015 —Ever dream of starting a major business or bringing a top-rated franchise back to your motherland, but you are hamstrung by lack of capital or technical support? If so, a major investment forum in Boston next week (October 13-14) is your answer.

Organized by the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, USAID’s  East Africa Trade & Investment Hub,  and the Aspen Institute’s Diaspora Investment Alliance (DIA) in partnership with the Eastern Africa Diaspora  Business Council (EADBC), the Aspen East Africa Investment forum  will take place at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel located in Boston at 425 Summer Street from 4:30pm to 8:30pm on Tuesday, October 13th,  and continue all day from 7:30am to 8:30pm on Wednesday, October 14th.

The Aspen Institute Diaspora Investment Alliance (DIA), the parent organizer of the event, is a collaborative effort between the Rockefeller Foundation and the Aspen Institute that is designing a targeted and coordinated approach to facilitate the strategic investment of financial and human capital from diasporas to their home countries. DIA’s primary goal is to more effectively channel investments from diaspora communities into their countries of origin. According to Alexander Dixon, Executive Director of DIA, the forum is part of DIA’s innovative platform to help the diaspora create businesses in their communities of origin.

Crucial information will be disbursed on investment and procurement opportunities available in various industries like agriculture and agribusiness, ICT and innovation, financial services, renewable energy, cotton, textiles and leather and more. Trade Specialists from partners including the US Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the US Trade and Development Agency will also be on hand to talk about their programs.

Among the guest speakers confirmed for the event include Kenya’s KCB Group CEO, Joshua Oigara, KenInvest, the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the World Bank, and CFWshops Board Member Michael Seid.

One-on-one appointments for attendees to meet directly with US Government officials to discuss specific needs will be made available. DIA will hold workshop panels on Eastern Africa regional investment environment and opportunities, franchising, youth and entrepreneurship, as well as a diaspora networking reception.

Aspen has arranged with OPIC a special discounted rate of $35 a person for diaspora participants.  Participants who plan to attend can purchase tickets online via Eventbrite [CLICK HERE].  Once registered, participants who want to attend the EAC Diaspora VIP receptions on October 14th with KCB’s CEO should RSVP [CLICK HERE].  KenInvest will also hold a private briefing and networking reception on October 13th that EAC diaspora members can attend by registering [CLICK HERE].

For more information please contact the Diaspora Investment Alliance Program at DIAspora@aspeninstitute.org

Click the link below for the complete — Boston Agenda


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