The summit is the first time an American president has brought together all of the continent's leaders, and officials are focused on strengthening financial and trade ties between African countries and the United States. The business forum is the keystone of a push to shift the focus on Africa toward one of economic potential and away from war and disease.
"We want to do business with these folks," Obama said at a news conference Friday.
Obama also plans to participate in a discussion with the leaders of various countries and a number of CEOs. More than 300 people are expected to attend Tuesday's program.
Ghana's Fidelity Bank is to announce Tuesday that it has chosen IBM for a five-year contract to manage its technology infrastructure and services.
“In the rapidly changing Ghanaian banking industry, with far more players and competition than ever before, consumers are entitled to expect benchmark service and protection from these unique market challenges," said Edward Effah, managing director of Fidelity Bank. "It is my belief that our partnership with IBM will enable us to deliver and exceed these stakeholder expectations.”
IBM opened an African research laboratory last year and has opened offices in seven African countries.
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said the forum "serves as a catalytic opportunity for American companies to increase economic partnerships and investment in Africa."
Pritzker said about 250,000 Americans work in jobs that are supported by African exports. The agreements that Obama will announce will only add to that number, she said. "These agreements represent conclusive evidence that America is open for more business with Africa as the Continent’s economic ascent is just beginning," Pritzker said.