Expo Africa 2005 is expected to welcome more than 20,000 visitors to the Georgia World Congress Centre Thursday, Sept. 29- Oct. 2, including government and business leaders interested in strengthening commercial ties between the United States and Africa.

More than 12 Sub-Saharan African countries and hundreds of businesses from both the U.S. and Africa are to be represented at Expo Africa 2005, a four-day business and cultural exhibition aimed at strengthening business relationships between U.S and African leaders.

Government leaders and representatives from sectors including building and construction, electronics, health and pharmaceuticals, information technology, infrastructure development, mining and extraction and travel and tourism are scheduled to attend.

The event, which is to include business meetings, networking opportunities, workshops and seminars, also has a cultural dimension scheduled including drum and dance shows and African food tastings.

The World Bank-funded documentary, “Africa: Open for Business,” a collection of testimonials from African businessmen, directed by journalist, Carol Pineau, is also scheduled to be shown during the conference.

Expo Africa 2005 was born out of Ghana Expo held in the United Kingdom in 2003, which attracted more than 6,000 government officials and more than 400 West African businesses. The UK Expo generated millions of dollars of investment opportunities for African businesses and led to the Ghana Expo 2004, which was held last year in Atlanta.

Sponsorship opportunities, exhibition spaces, and admission passes for the event are still available.

For more information, visit www.expoafrica2005.com or email info@expoafrica2005.com. Also, contact Judy Fears at (404) 969-1206 for information.