WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) announced that Tetra Tech, Inc., will sponsor the 7th Biennial U.S. – Africa Business Summit: Realizing the Investment Power of Africa, to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2009.
“The success of every sector in Africa depends on the success of Africa’s infrastructure,” said Stephen Hayes, president and CEO of CCA. “A growing agriculture sector, a vibrant energy sector, and a formidable health sector all depend on investment in the continent’s infrastructure. Tetra Tech is at the forefront of this mission.”
Since 2002, CCA member ARD, Inc., a Tetra Tech company, has been the implementing partner for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI), a bold effort to address water supply challenges in Ghana, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. Over the past seven years, WAWI has produced thousands of sanitation facilities, constructed 600 new wells, rehabilitated 250 others, and has been effective at forging effective partnerships to improve water supply conditions and reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases throughout the region.
During the infrastructure track, Tetra Tech Senior Vice President John Martin will lead the workshop focused on innovations in planning and financing water infrastructure in Africa. Tetra Tech is pleased that he will be joined by Earl Blumenauer, United States Congress; Dr. Michael Yates, senior deputy assistant administrator, Bureau of Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, USAID; and Mr. Vic D’Amato, lead engineer for Tetra Tech. In another workshop with an emphasis on climate change and carbon trading, Martin will be joined by Joan Wadelton, senior advisor for Africa, U.S. Department of State; Karan Capoor, Africa regional coordinator for Carbon Finance, The World Bank; Robert Freling, executive director and board member, Solar Electric Light Fund; and Terry Dunmire, non-executive board member, Geneva-Risk Ltd.
The three-day summit is expected to attract more than 1,500 leaders from the private and public sectors in both the U.S. and Africa. Participants will have the opportunity to network with key African and U.S. decision makers and attend more than 50 industry-specific sessions. Through an electronic matchmaking program, participants may schedule meetings with Tetra Tech by registering at: http://meetings.pgcedc.com/register.html. Registrants may also schedule meetings with companies from other sectors including financing, agribusiness, financial services, health, natural resources and tourism. For more information and to register for the 7th Biennial U.S. – Africa Business Summit, visit: www.africacncl.org.
Tetra Tech joins Chevron; Exxon Mobil; Shell, Lockheed Martin; Fleishman-Hillard; Novus International; Marathon Oil Company; Northrop Grumman; South African Airways; USAID; General Electric Company; Abbott Fund; Acrow Bridges; Hess Corporation; AllAfrica Global Media; IC Publications; Group Jeune Afrique; The Africa Report; EMEA Finance; News Africa U.K. Ltd; SPIntelligent; Acrow Bridges; Raytheon; SOC; Johnson & Johnson; JR Boulle Corporations; Merck & Co. Inc; Pfizer; PriceWaterhouseCoopers; SEACOM; AECOM; Africa Export-Import Bank; American Cancer Society; Boeing Company; CCA HIV/AIDS Initiative; Colgate Palmolive Company; Emerging Capitals Partners; Development Finance International; Gauteng Province; L-1 Identity Solutions; Millennium Challenge Corporation; Mars, Incorporated; MITC Investimentos; Buchanan Renewables; Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold; Africa Investor; Africa Review; FT “This is Africa”; KBR; MDCC Holdings; Motorola; Pan African Capital Group LLC; Patton Boggs LLP; SAB Miller; Standard Bank; The Africa Channel; United Bank for Africa Group; and Kingdom Zephyr Africa Management.