2010 Africa Business Conference and Trade Fair

Baltimore, Maryland
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

 Opening Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable Florizelle Liser
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa
Office of the United States Trade Representative

2010 Africa Business Conference and Trade Fair

Conference Theme:
"The Doors of Africa Trade Are Open: Will You Come?"


Want to increase your potential sales in the economic downturn?
Want to go global but not sure where to start?
Have services or products to support international trade efforts?

Meet your new business contacts right here in the U.S. this June!

Conference Highlights: 
Africa Agribusiness, Financing and Investment, Business Opportunities, Export /Import Assistance, Foreign Service Careers and Women in International Trade Forums & More  

Registration Fee: $399 (full conference) or $249 (1 day June 22 or 23)
          Wall of Return (Africa) Dinner Tickets: $60.00/person 

Full conference registration includes:
  All scheduled workshops, forums and panel sessions, continental breakfast (June 22 and 23), buffet lunch (June 22 and 23), networking breaks, networking reception and conference dinner (June 23). 

One-day registrations include:  Admission to all events only on day of registration (conference dinner not included with June 23 registrations - requires a separate ticket purchase).  Everyone who registers for 1-day are welcome to attend our conference bonus day on June 24 at the BWI Airport Marriott.  See conference schedule for details.

Diversity Restoration Solutions, Inc.
is proud to announce our second annual Africa Business Conference and Trade Fair, June 22-24, 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland (USA).  This dynamic gathering of business professionals is geared towards the small and medium enterprises seeking international trade opportunities in emerging African markets or those looking to develop a business trade relationship with African suppliers of goods and/or services.   Registration will be limited to maximize networking opportunities. 

New for 2010 is the addition of our Africa Trade Fair, designed for firms to market support services and products that are required by businesses seeking success in the international trade arena.  Many of the companies attending will be in need of these services.

Workshops, forums, panels, trade fair and networking events on June 22 and 23 will be at The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute located in the BWI Airport corridor.  The conference dinner and special presentation about State of Maryland business agencies (Maryland Port Administration, Department of Business and Economic Development and BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport) on June 24 will be at the BWI Airport Marriott, our official conference headquarters hotel.

With the historic economic downturn in the world global economies, companies of all sizes are revising their global business strategies, and including Africa as a viable option. We have invited U.S. and international presenters from Africa to share valuable information on current and projected projects in Africa and provide information on funding opportunities and assistance available to exporters and importers of goods and services.

Corporate and government organizations focused on international trade in Africa or that have services that support companies engaged in international trade are strongly encouraged to participate in the conference as workshop presenters, exhibitors or sponsors (event, advertisement, etc.)  Please download 
Sponsorship Information for more details on available opportunities.

Who Should Attend This Conference?


U.S., African and African Diaspora companies
 Economic and business development professionals 
International trade development professionals
Import/Export professionals
Agriculture professionals
Financial investment and banking professionals
Transportation and logistics professionals
Travel and tourism professionals
Healthcare professionals
U.S. or Foreign gov't trade agencies and embassies
State and local gov't trade officials
Career seekers & women interested in international trade
Anyone interested in U.S.-Africa trade and cultural relationships

DRS looks forward to you participating in the conference and networking with the small and medium size business community in taking the next step for U.S.-Africa bi-lateral trade, an untapped and emerging market sector for the business community.  If you have any questions, please call (757) 484-0906 or email



Contact Information

The 2010 Africa Business Conference is sponsored in part by:

Presenting Host

Diversity Restoration Solutions, Inc.

Luncheon Sponsors


Workshop/Panel Sponsor

PNC Bank

(Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation)

Networking Break Sponsor

Network America Lines

Networking Reception/Documentary Screening Sponsor

Official Media Sponsor

Media Sponsor 


   Conference Supporters
State of Maryland Governor’s Office for Minority Affairs
State of Maryland Governor's Commission on African Affairs
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
Howard County Economic Development Authority
Maryland Small Business Development Center (Central Region)
BWI-Thurgood Marshall International Airport
Maryland Port Administration
International Trade Administration (Dept. of Commerce)
U.S. Commercial Services (Dept. of Commerce)
U.S. Department of State
Small Business Administration
U.S. Export Assistance Center (Baltimore & Northern Virginia)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, LLP
Brooklyn (NY) International Trade Development Center
Young African Professionals (YAP)



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