Ominous start to Trump era as US-Africa investment conference cancelled
Thursday November 24 2016
A television displays news footage of US President elect Donald Trump near a screen displaying market activity. AFP PHOTO | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS
The December 4-6 conference sponsored by the Corporate Council on Africa was to have taken place in the southern US city of New Orleans at a time of widespread uneasiness regarding President-elect Donald Trump's intentions toward Africa.
Carla Battle, director of special events at the Corporate Council on Africa, did not respond directly to a follow-up question from the Nation Media Group as to whether Mr Trump's victory might have discouraged participation in the conference.
The council had said on November 16 that it expected “more than 400 business executives, investors and government leaders” to take part in what it billed as “the first and only conference in the United States focused solely on US-Africa Infrastructure.”
Among the advertised topics was a review of the Obama administration's Africa performance and “challenges for the next administration.”