Aliko Dangote named co-chair of U.S.-Africa Business Center


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has named Africa’s most successful businessman, Aliko Dangote co-chair of its U.S.-Africa Business Center.

The U.S.-Africa Business Center is charged with building lasting prosperity for Africans and Americans through job creation and entrepreneurial spirit.

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.

He added, “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.”

Dangote’s appointment is in furtherance of the Chamber‘s commitment of ensuring collaboration between the business communities in the United States and across 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.

One of Africa’s leading industrialists, Dangote is the chairman & CEO of Dangote Group, a company with interests in commodities which operates in Nigeria and other African countries.

He 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.

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