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Greater HIV/AIDS Collaboration Between Business and Government in Africa - Called for at U.S.-Africa Business Summit


This is news concerning ChevronTexaco but issued by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS and archived here for record purposes.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2003 – Calls for closer collaboration between government and business to the HIV/AIDS epidemic were made at a major session at the Corporate Council of Africa (CCA) bi-annual U.S.-Africa Business Summit. Delegates included ChevronTexaco's Regional Medical Director for Africa and GBC Executive Director Ben Plumley.

The workshop "AIDS: The Corporate Role" co-sponsored by ChevronTexaco and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS reviewed the important contribution business can make through action in the Workplace and in the Community. Over 42 million people are infected globally — more than 29.4 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. The epidemic is the greatest threat to prosperity and stability to the continent.

Ben Plumley, Executive Director of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS said: "It is in the direct economic interest of every U.S. business operating in Africa to make AIDS it's business. More and more major corporations are now implementing prevention, testing and treatment programs for their workers and communities. However, if we are to have a sustained impact, African governments and international donors must involve business programs and expertise in their AIDS emergency strategies."

Steve Simpson, Regional Medical Director for Africa, ChevronTexaco: "The success of our company is inextricably linked to the health and productivity of our employees. The HIV epidemic threatens this success, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. We recognize this threat at the highest level and are committed to engagement with government, non-governmental organizations and other key stakeholders in the fight against HIV. A resource-poor setting is an exciting challenge, not an excuse to do nothing."

The Corporate Council on Africa

The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), established in 1992, is at the forefront of strengthening and facilitating the commercial relationship between the United States and the African continent. CCA works closely with governments, multilateral groups and business to improve the African continent's trade and investment climate, and to raise the profile of Africa in the U.S. business community.

The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS

The GBC is a rapidly expanding alliance of over 114 international businesses — with over 4 million employees in 178 countries — dedicated to combating the AIDS epidemic through the business sector's unique skills and expertise. For more information, please visit the GBC website on , the leading global resource of company AIDS programs and hub of information relevant to business concerned about AIDS.

Updated: June 2003