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Trade and Investment with Africa

Category: Luncheons
Date(s) and Time(s): Friday, May 05, 2006, 11:30 AM - Friday, May 05, 2006, 01:30 PM
Venue: The Crazy Horse Restaurant at the Bay Park Hotel
Address: 1425 Munras Ave.
City / State / Country: Monterey / CA / US
Organizer / Promoter: MBITA, GlobalCalifornia.org, Monterey USEAC
Phone: 831-335-4780
Fax: 831-335-4822
Email: cristina@mbita.org
URL: http://www.bayparkhotel.com/Map/
Description: The Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA), the Monterey Export Assistance Center (EAC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) and GlobalCalifornia.org cordially invite you to attend a special luncheon meeting in Monterey.


Charles Manuel, Trade Commissioner of the South African Consulate General in Chicago (www.link2southafrica.com), will speak on opportunities with Africaís most important economy. Known as the gateway to Africa, South Africa is home to 6% of Africaís population and produces 18% of the continentís GDP. It also boasts 45% of Africaís mineral production and 50% of the continentís purchasing power. Mr. Manuel will discuss all the key aspects of considering South Africa as one of the most stable and reliable business partners in the African continent.

Mr. Manuel assumed the role of Trade Commissioner at the South African Consulate General in Chicago in November 2005. His duties include the development of trade and the facilitation of investment between the companies in the Midwest and South Africa. In this capacity Mr. Manuel coordinates trade and investment for South Africa in 14 states in the U.S. Midwest.
Before arriving in the USA Mr. Manuel was based at the Department of Trade and Industryís head quarters in Pretoria, South Africa

Nick Lourenco, Executive VP of ASEMA USA (www.asema-usa.com) will speak on Angola as one of the best investment options in Africa. Increased opportunities for U.S. investment in the Angolan economy include target sectors such as tourism infrastructure development, agribusiness, telecommunications, energy and environment, housing development, import/export of services and goods, healthcare and manufacturing.

Mr. Lourenco is the head of ASEMA USA, promoting Angola as one of the best investment options in Africa. He is also in charge of corporate relations to enhance ASEMA USA profile with major American corporations. Additionally, Mr. Lourenco is the founder and owner of OBE Staffing Services, a recognized temporary employment service firm serving the San Gabriel Valley and The Greater Los Angeles area. Previously, Mr. Lourenco spent four years as Regional Import/Export Manager for LongTrade Industrial and Mineral Inc. In this capacity he was in charge of the purchase and sale of nonferrous materials from South America and Mexico to the Chinese market.

Jim Faith, Program Manager of GlobalCalifornia.org (www.globalcalifornia.org) will speak about using the GlobalCalifornia.org platform for wine transactions with South Africa.

GlobalCalifornia.org is funded through the Chancellorís office of the California Community Colleges, hosted by the Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development and West Valley College in partnership with the Monterey Bay International Trade Association, the San Jose and Monterey U.S. Export Assistance Centers, the Silicon Valley and Central Coast Small Business Development Centers and the City of San Jose, Office of Economic Development.


Contact the MBITA office at 831-335-4780

For speaker bios visit: http://www.mbita.org/speaker_bios_africa.pdf

Directions from HW1 North:
Take the 2nd Munras Exit #399B (first one reads Soledad/Munras Exit #399C). Go slowly down the exit, and make a sharp right turn into the hotel property (before the 76 gas station and the first light). See map at www.bayparkhotel.com/Map/

Date Friday, May 5, 2006
Place The Crazy Horse Restaurant at the Bay Park Hotel
Address 1425 Munras Ave., Monterey, CA, 93940
Time Noon lunch to 1:30 pm, 11:30am registration & Networking
Online registration: $25 members; $35 non-members (until Thu. May 4 @ 5:00pm)
Pay at the door: $30 members; $40 non-members (cash or checks only)

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