The State Bar of Michigan International Law Section will host a symposium called "Sub-Saharan Africa: Change, Challenge, and Opportunity" from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, located at 315 Warren Ave. in Detroit.
The symposium will feature a series of speakers who have lived and worked throughout Sub-Saharan Africa:
- Professor Laura Nyantung Beny, from the University of Michigan Law School, will discuss regional trade agreements, legal systems, treatment of foreign investors, dispute resolution, and business challenges.
- Professor Lisa D. Cook, an economics and international relations professor at Michigan State University, will talk about Africa's recent growth, and in particular how Nigeria's recent bank reform will affect its sustainability.
- Dr. John F. Kelly, associate dean at Africa Center for Strategic Studies, will provide a political overview of the region, and discuss trends, risks, and opportunities.
- Professor Alan Schenk, of Wayne State University Law School, will speak on tax reform in the area, with a focus on revenue, capital formation, and international trade.
There will be a reception immediately following the symposium.