Africa: Business Challenges and Opportunities


International Academy of Business/ International Educators Group

Washington, D.C. (Crystal City Courtyard near Reagan National Airport).

October 15-17, 2015

Track: Africa: Business Challenges and Opportunities

Track Chair: Prof. Ezendu Ariwa, University of Bedfordshire, UK,

Africa’s population quadrupled during 1955 and 2009, and is expected to double in the next 40 years. Many countries in Africa have almost half of their citizens who are under 25. President Obama has identified a focus on youth as the strategy for growth in Africa. The theme of the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit was “Investing in the Next Generation.” It is stated that “the next generation is at the core of a government’s responsibility and work, and this Summit provided an opportunity to discuss ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities, and creating an enabling environment for the next generation.”

Various issues were identified, including the following:

Gender Equality


Investment in Youth

Food Security

Climate Change and Resilience in Africa

Democratic Institutions, Good Governance, and Human Rights

Combating Wildlife Trafficking


Powering Africa: Increasing Access to Power in Sub-Saharan Africa

Countering Terrorism, etc.

We invite you to submit a paper/ abstract of a proposed paper dealing with an issue of interest to you that deals with strategies for growth in Africa.


September 21, 2015 – Proposals/ Paper drafts

October 10, 2015 – Comments on completed papers

October 16-17, 2015 Paper presentation at the conference

November 30, 2015 – completed/ revised papers

January 2016 – submission for printing of special issue.

Please email your Papers/ Abstracts to, with a cc to Prof. Ezendu Ariwa, University of Bedfordshire, UK,