Global Dialogue | “Strengthening and Deepening the US-Africa Business & Trade Relationship” | Rubin Cockrell | Mar 28

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The Tennessee World Affairs Council and Belmont University’s Center for International Business Present


“Strengthening and Deepening the US-Africa Business and Trade Relationship”

Dr. Rubin Cockrell

March 28, 2018

12:00-1:00 pm

Belmont University, Massey College of Business

Room MC 203 | Massey Business Center


The case for developing new policies to strengthen the trade and investment relationship between the United States and Africa has never been stronger. African countries and the U.S. have gained significantly from partnering with one another. The United States also has much to gain from a rising Africa. 

Africa’s consumer market holds great potential for U.S. exporters across a wide range of industries, and investment in many African countries is now much more attractive. This potential could continue to grow as demographic trends, such as a dramatic increase in Africa’s labor force, manifest over the next 15 years.

Along with competition from economic rivals such as China political missteps and comments can strain global business relationships. Building international relationships amongst countries at the earliest age is key to shattering adult stereotypes.

America’s relationship with African partners has been an underserved topic in global affairs reporting and commentary. In January 2018 the question of US-African relations was thrust into lead as a news item with remarks reportedly made by President Trump. African relations, albeit low-key in the past, have always been important to US prosperity and security. Now more than ever what is happening in Africa is something Americans should know more clearly.
Join us on March 28th as Dr. Rubin Cockrell explores this critical 21st century relationship — “Strengthening and Deepening the US-Africa Business and Trade Relationship” — at our monthly Global Dialogue lunch-time session at Belmont University.

Here are some resources to help you prepare for this Global Dialogue conversation:

Dr. Cockrell’s Interests in US-African Relations
Dr. Cockrell has conducted speaking tours, lecturers and business commodity activities in Africa since 2010. Dr. Cockrell is a recent Madeline Fulbright Specialist Awardee who will be lending expertise to former President of South Africa De Klerk family foundation about best practices bridging the gaps between U.S. and Africa. Dr. Cockrell is also apart of the leadership team taking over 50 middle school students on a 10 day entrepreneurship & cultural exchange trip to Johannesburg, South Africa in July of 2018.
About Dr. Cockrell
Dr. Rubin Cockrell is an International Speaker, Author, Ent repreneur and Professor.  He serves as CEO of Positive Images & Associates, a global firm that specializes in educational leadership, empowerment, and management consulting for clients in over forty – five countries around the world. In hi s role with the Nashville, TN – based company Dr. Cockrell trains g lobal business leaders, students, government entities and civic groups to implement tools for achieving excellence and quality productivity within their personal life and their orga nization across the world.

Convenient Parking Available

Park at Belmont’s Inman Center/North Garage (Directions at this Link). From Inman Garage take the Inman Building elevator to the second floor. Turn left to cross the pedestrian bridge to the Massey Business Center. Take the elevator to the fourth floor. Room MC 203. 

Welcome to Global Dialogue — a program of the Tennessee World Affairs Council that offers a casual discussion session for people to share their perspectives on current issues in global developments.

Why: Global Dialogue is a community discussion program organized by the Tennessee World Affairs Council. The purpose is to bring people together to learn more about the pressing international issues of the day, to exchange insights and perspectives and to achieve an understanding about the challenges facing America in the world.

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