Cannabis Science participates in U.S.-Africa Policy Forum

Cannabis Science announces that its senior executives will participate in the Constituency for Africa's (CFA) 2017 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series. The Series will be held September 18th-22nd in Washington, DC.

For over 26 years, CFA has established itself as one of the leading, non-partisan organizations focused on educating and mobilizing the American public and the African Diaspora in the U.S. on U.S.-Africa policy. As a result, CFA has helped to increase the level of cooperation and coordination among a broad-based coalition of individuals and organizations committed to the progress, development, and empowerment of Africa and African people worldwide.

The highlight of CFA's annual initiatives is the Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series. The theme of this year's series is Mobilizing the Diaspora in Support of the U.S.-Africa Agenda, and the series is being organized by CFA in cooperation with the African Union Mission to the United States. The purpose of the 2017 Series is to bring together stakeholders from the U.S., Africa, and the African Diaspora to assess the U.S. Administration's Africa policy, and to identify challenges and opportunities in a number of key areas, including African healthcare infrastructure. The expected outcomes of the Series will include policy recommendations for the U.S. Administration and the African Union.

Mr. Raymond C. Dabney, Cannabis Science's President, CEO, Co-founder, and Director, and Dr. Allen Herman, CBIS' Chief Medical Officer, will deliver remarks at CFA's African Healthcare Infrastructure Roundtable on Tuesday, September 19th, and participate in a bi-partisan, senior-level U.S.-Africa Policy Forum on Thursday, September 21st. "I look forward to Cannabis Science's participation in this year's Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series. This Series provides our company with the opportunity to engage with key U.S. and African stakeholders in government, private sector, civil society, and academia. These potential partnerships will enable Cannabis Science to accelerate our African drug-development initiative, as well as to build on our current collaborations for research and multi-center clinical trials," stated Mr. Dabney.

The theme of CFA's African Healthcare Infrastructure Roundtable is Reversing Africa's Brain Drain: The Role of the African Diaspora in Strengthening the Healthcare Infrastructure of Africa. This roundtable will explore strategies that invest in Africa's health workers, healthcare and social services infrastructure, logistics, surveillance and health information systems, healthcare governance, and drug supply systems. Confirmed speakers will include H.E. Arikana Chihombori, the African Union's Permanent Representative to the United States; Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr., former Assistant United States Surgeon General and Rear Admiral, United States Public Health Service (Retired), and Interim Chairman of CFA's Board of Directors; Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Professor Akin Abayomi, Principal Investigator (Academic) of the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET Africa), and Chief Pathologist and Head of the Division of Hematology at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa).

Mr. Dabney will participate in a panel discussion on Investing in African Healthcare Infrastructure, and his remarks will focus on exploring drug development opportunities in Africa. As part of his remarks, Mr. Dabney will provide an update to stakeholders on specific activities the company is implementing that will positively impact the communities where the company operates, including cities throughout Africa. CBIS' comprehensive approach leverages the company's core competencies to contribute to overall economic development through education and training, food security and agriculture, technology and communications, and the implementation of public policies that create the enabling environment for the aforementioned.

For his remarks, Dr. Herman will provide an update on the operational strategy he developed for CFA's African Healthcare Infrastructure Committee, a network of Africa-focused healthcare experts launched during CFA's Ronald H. Brown Series in 2015.

CFA's U.S.-Africa Policy Forum will be the highlight of the 2017 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series. Policy Forum participants will discuss, debate, and ultimately agree on a strategy to improve U.S.-Africa cooperation in a number of key policy issues, including on strengthening Africa's healthcare infrastructure. The Policy Forum will be moderated by Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, and former U.S. Representative to the African Union.

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