Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Doing Business in Africa: Southern Africa

Doing Business in Africa: Southern Africa

July 26, 2023 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am | Africa Program

About the Event

Southern Africa is home to countries that are key to relations between the continent of Africa and many large foreign economies. The crown jewel of the region, South Africa, will have a significant impact on how the rest of sub-Saharan Africa relates to Russia, China, the EU, and the US, especially in regards the war in Ukraine, which might also impact how the US does business in the region.

Dr. Carla D. Jones a professor at Sam Houston State University and 2021 Templeton Fellow, and Dr. Zoe Lees of the Dutch Development Bank join FPRI’s Africa Program chair, Ambassador Charles Ray to take a look at doing business in Southern Africa, and how that might be impacted by recent events in South Africa relating to its relations with Russia and China. This is the third program in the Africa Program’s series “Doing Business in Africa.”

To view the first event in this series, click here.

To view the second event in this series, click here.

The Africa Center for the Study of the US (ACSUS) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa assisted in the production of this event.



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Carla D. Jones

Carla D. Jones - Carla D. Jones was a 2022 Templeton Fellow in FPRI’s Africa Program and an Associate Professor in the Management, Marketing & IS department of the College of Business at Sam Houston State University.

Zoë Lees

Zoë Lees - Dr. Zoë Lees is an advisor and coach in the area of sustainable development (environment, climate & energy, responsible investment etc) and has been part of many entrepreneurial ventures and business initiatives since 2004. 

Charles A. Ray

Charles A. Ray - Charles A. Ray, a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Africa Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Zimbabwe.