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BUSINESS GUARDIAN www.guardian.co.tt JULY 2014 • WEEK FOUR
Dr Judith Aidoo knows Africa too well. Many
have the perception that the continent is rid-
dled with political conflict, ideological strife
and economic struggles; a place not to commit
millions of investing dollars. But Aidoo knows
its worth. Now, Africa is seen as an investment
Aidoo will highlight these opportunities when she speaks
at the 14th annual Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Sym-
posium on July 31 at Hilton Trinidad Hotel and Conference
Centre, St Ann's. The symposium, part of the Emancipation
Support Committee's annual observances, aims at identifying
and developing business strategies; create policy frameworks
and establish and strengthen meaningful contacts that connect
the triangle community of the Caribbean/Latin America, the
United States and Africa.
Aidoo, whose has experience in African capital markets and
structured finance, will share her knowledge in investing in
Africa. She is the chief executive of Caswell Capital Partners
Ltd, an Accra-based merchant bank that has been contracted
by Hess Oil Trading Company to act as that company's local
agent for sub-Saharan Africa. She also authored the feasibility
study for the establishment of the Ghana Stock Exchange.
She also created and managed an innovative US$500 million
financing platform for the Eastern and Southern African Trade
and Development Bank.
Aidoo, the daughter of a physician from Ghana and an
American mother, was born and raised in the United States.
She has been a private investor and entrepreneur, as well as
a financial adviser to international institutions and multinational
corporations for more than 25 years. She began her career as
an investment banker on Wall Street in 1987 with Goldman
Sachs and Company. In 1991, she started her own firm, The
Aidoo Group Ltd, an investment bank which specialised in
African capital markets and structured finance.
Aidoo served as an adviser on transactions in telecommu-
nications, infrastructure, financial services, and new media.
Aidoo graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers College in 1984.
She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1987.
This year, the spotlight is placed on South Sudan as an
emerging nation with tremendous opportunities for the public
and private sectors.
The symposium will bring to the dialogue Pagan Amum
Okiech, who is the current secretary general of South Sudan's
ruling political party, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement
(SPLM). Okiech studied law at the University of Khartoum
and holds two Masters degrees, one in social sciences from
the University of Havana and the other in leadership for change
and transformation from the International Leadership Institute
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Other experts at the symposium, which will be formally
opened by Vasant Bharath, Minister of Trade, Industry, Invest-
ment and Communications, will come from the United States,
Africa, T&T and the Caribbean region.
Waheed A Olagunju, executive director, business development,
of the Bank of Industry (BOI), Nigeria will be one of the dis-
tinguished presenters. He was one of the architects and strong
drivers of BOI's outstanding turnaround and transformation
into one of Africa's best Development Finance Institutions.
The bank manages funds for a number of state and private
Fund Partners, who include 16 state governments, the Central
Bank of Nigeria and the Dangote Foundation.
Under Olagunju's leadership the bank has been mobilising
prospective investors from the diaspora and other parts of the
world who are already active players in the global economic
value chain to partner with Nigeria's private and public sector
entities in the transformation of the Nigerian economy.
Al Washington, executive director of the Africa-USA Inter-
national Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will join the
list of speakers. The chamber's goals include contributing to
the development of Africa-USA business opportunities and
encouraging and facilitating mutual Africa/USA business
investment. Special programmes of the chamber have targeted
minority and women-owned small and medium-sized busi-
nesses. Washington has conducted African trade missions and
trade conferences in collaboration with various US cities and
Chaile Seretse, a South African attorney and business con-
sultant with a focus on corporate expansion, particularly into
new jurisdictions, will add his expertise.
Registration fee, including lunch and breaks, is US$200.
For further information, contact the ESC Trans-Atlantic
Network office at 633-9236 or 722-2027.
Investor, entrepreneur Judith Aidoo
to speak in T&T on Africa's worth
DR JUDITH AIDOO
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