August 27, 2010

The U.S.-Maghreb Entrepreneurship Conference, previously scheduled for September 29-30, will now be held December 1-2, 2010 in Algiers. This conference, to be hosted by the U.S.-Algeria Business Council, is a direct result of the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship held in Washington, D.C., in April, 2010, and demonstrates the continuing work of non-governmental organizations to create regional partnerships that promote entrepreneurship.

This conference will bring together North African business leaders and entrepreneurs, aspiring youth entrepreneurs, business leaders of the North African Diaspora, along with U.S. business leaders and entrepreneurs. The conference will include moderated discussions on key issues and challenges for advancing entrepreneurship, including: lessons learned from the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, improving access to capital, enabling small and medium sized business, catalyzing youth entrepreneurship, perspectives from U.S. and Maghreb business leaders, promoting cross-border business partnership initiatives, transatlantic business networking, incubating innovation and technology, and exploring business opportunities in the creative industries. The conference will also provide capacity building for entrepreneurs through a number of skills training workshops and networking opportunities.

The United States will send a senior-level delegation to participate in the conference. The State Department is supporting the organizers of this event by identifying key speakers, participants, and U.S. entrepreneurs that can help advance our shared goals of economic partnerships for entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation in the Maghreb.

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