Let's change risk perceptions, overcome fears on investing in Africa

Robert Perry (Corporate Council on Africa): American views on Africa need to change

How will we able to determine if the first U.S.-Africa Summit was a success?

Devex Senior Reporter Michael Igoe asked Robert Perry, vice president of the Corporate Council on Africa, in a video interview on the sidelines of the summit in Washington, D.C.

Perry said he hopes the meetings will help change risk perceptions and overcome fears, leading more U.S. businesses to invest in the continent.

Click on the above clip to find out more about how the vice president for the Corporate Council on Africa views initiatives like Power Africa, where he believes the Export-Import Bank should play a leading role — especially when it comes to supporting ventures by small- and medium-sized U.S. companies.

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