About Africatown

Africatown is designed to become an economic development initiative to create jobs, for our youth, in Southwest Philadelphia, increase business ownership among the residents of the community and eliminate poverty in one of the most economically depressed communities in Philadelphia. To accomplish these objectives, Africatown, being developed in the community will become a "Tourist Destination Point " for the global African diaspora and other interested persons. Most of the infrastructure already exist in the southwest community, in which Africatown will be situated. Most important are the nearly 500 businesses owned by immigrants that live and work in the community. To accommodate the thousands of new visitors to southwest, additional infrastructure will be required, and several buildings will be proposed to attract businesses, tourist, and shoppers to patronize the many immigrant businesses on the commercial corridors in Africatown.

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ACBC 2021 Business Forum

Annual African Business & Policy Forum. Focus in 2021 was on Driving Diaspora investment to Africatown.

ACBC 2021 Business Forum

On December 11, 2021, the African and Caribbean Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ACBC) hosted its annual African Business & Policy Forum. Focus in 2021 was on Driving Diaspora investment in Africatown. Speakers included:

  • Hon. Stanley Straughter | Chairman ACBC
  • Brenda Rios, Southeast Regional Director, Office of the Governor
  • David Briel, Deputy Secretary, PA Office of International Business Development
  • Patrick Hayes, SBA, Office of International Trade
  • PhilaPort, Dominic O’Brien
  • HE Henri Etoundi Essomba, Ambassador of the Republic of Cameroon to the USA
  • Jannie L. Blackwell | Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs
  • Voffee Jabateh | CEO, African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA)
  • Ahsan M. Nasratallah, President, JNA Capital,Inc
  • Congressman Dwight Evans
  • State Senator Sharif Street
  • Rep. Joanna E. McClinton
  • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
  • Councilmember Jamie Gauthier
  • Rep. Jordan Harris
  • Senator Anthony Hardy Williams
  • Rep. Regina G. Young
  • Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlan.