Africa Business Forum

Connecting Africa and the rest of the world

Our conference has become one of the most important bi-annual gathering in Africa & Middle East. Grow your business in Africa. Engage, maximize your market share and build connections with African, customers and partners.

A unique platform to showcase the latest products and services with a global network of 10,000+ Professionals. 20,000+ Registered international companies, 60,000+ Social media and 10 million views.

We offer international companies considerable opportunities to enter and become successful in one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Ethiopia alone has the 5th fastest growing economy in Africa, with 11% GDP and 95 million population.

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Participate in our Conferences and B2B investment meetings to access key business professionals, CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, Government officials, Exporters, Buyers and Sellers. 

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‘Africa’s business prospects positive’

‘Africa’s business prospects positive’

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Africa Business Agenda for 2016 released on Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda, showed that, in spite of Africa’s economic challenges, business prospects remained positive. This is contained in a statement issued by PwC. The […]

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Why M-Pesa failed in South Africa

Why M-Pesa failed in South Africa

South Africa’s largest mobile phone operator Vodacom has announced it will be scrapping its M-Pesa mobile money transfer system in Africa’s second-biggest economy. For many pundits the move comes as a surprise, because M-Pesa has […]

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Africa: A New Business Frontier

Africa: A New Business Frontier

While it’s common knowledge the challenges — real and perceived — of conducting business in Africa include political instability, loose regulations and — in some areas — disease and conflict, what’s often overlooked by entrepreneurs […]

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Obama’s ‘Commercial Diplomacy’ in Africa

Obama’s ‘Commercial Diplomacy’ in Africa

Barack Obama’s historic election as President of the United States in 2008 was the first time an American of African descent had ever held the United States’ highest position. Because of the President’s Kenyan roots, […]

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Top African [Female] Business Leaders

Top African [Female] Business Leaders

Growing up in a small neighbourhood in Addis Ababa, beloved entrepreneur Bethlemen Tilahun Alemu discovered that most people in her community were living in poverty and that some of them possessed artisan skills. Spurred by […]

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Barclays’ Ex-CEO May Buy the Bank’s Africa Operations

Barclays’ Ex-CEO May Buy the Bank’s Africa Operations

Former Barclays head Bob Diamond is reportedly teaming up with private equity group Carlyle. Former Barclays Chief Executive Bob Diamond is teaming up with private equity group Carlyle to prepare a bid to buy the […]

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‘Africa’s Youngest Billionaire’ Credits His Success To Being A Refugee

‘Africa’s Youngest Billionaire’ Credits His Success To Being A Refugee

Ashish Thakkar talks to The Huffington Post about the Mara Group’s 20th anniversary and life as a serial entrepreneur. Ashish Thakkar’s Twitter biography doesn’t identify him as “Africa’s youngest billionaire,” or “CEO and founder of […]

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Opportunities for African companies to do business with Chinese counterparts

Opportunities for African companies to do business with Chinese counterparts

China’s influence in Africa has grown rapidly over the last decade. Although China’s economy is not growing as fast as it did in recent years, the Asian superpower remains quite visible in many parts of […]

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Continent Can Accelerate Growth Despite Commodities Slowdown

Continent Can Accelerate Growth Despite Commodities Slowdown

The apparent end to the commodity super-cycle has sent shock waves across the global economy. It has sparked turbulence in world stock markets, put pressure on currencies, and fuelled major concerns about prospects for growth […]

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Africa’s diaspora remittances rise to $35.2 bn in 2015 – World Bank

Africa’s diaspora remittances rise to $35.2 bn in 2015 – World Bank

The World Bank and other development partners have revealed that the total money transfers by African migrants to their region or country of origin surged by 3.4% to $35.2 billion, in 2015. The sum which […]

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Still Rising: Tycoon Sets Sights on Exponential Growth in Africa

Still Rising: Tycoon Sets Sights on Exponential Growth in Africa

Vimal Shah is a business tycoon and CEO of Bidco, East Africa’s biggest edible oils manufacturer and a major marketer of baking, personal hygiene and cleaning products as well as animal feeds. Shah, whose father […]

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Rwanda Among Top 10 Investments Destinations in Africa

Rwanda Among Top 10 Investments Destinations in Africa

Rwanda is one of the 10 most attractive nations in Africa for investors, according to the 2016 Ernst & Young (EY) Africa Attractiveness Index. The country was ranked ninth and the second most preferred investment […]

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What Chinese investment means for African higher education

What Chinese investment means for African higher education

There is no doubt that China means business in sub-Saharan Africa. Its investment in the region rose from next to nothing in 2004 to $3.1 billion (£2.1 billion) in 2013. In the same year, according […]

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Treat agriculture as business, Africa urged

Treat agriculture as business, Africa urged

Business Reporter AFRICA spends an estimated $35 billion on food imports annually despite having more than two thirds of the world’s arable land, the African Development Bank has said. “How is it that the continent […]

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Look to Africa, says Moroccan startup godfather

Look to Africa, says Moroccan startup godfather

Taher Alami is often called the godfather of the Moroccan Web, yet lately he’s been a rare site in Morocco, spending more time in Dubai or elsewhere in Africa. Alami is a serial entrepreneur who built […]

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Here is Why Dangote is Africa’s ‘King’ of cement

Here is Why Dangote is Africa’s ‘King’ of cement

About a week ago, Dangote commissioned a cement factory in Okpella Edo state worth $1bn. This ground breaking celebration was also used to mark the 59th birthday of the Africa’s Richest Man and President of […]

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What China brings Africa are not empty promises, but tangible interests

What China brings Africa are not empty promises, but tangible interests

Rhetoric that attributes slowdown in African economy to China is unreasonable. The truth is China has brought Africa tangible interests on the basis of mutually beneficial cooperation rather than empty promises. For starters, frequent high-level […]

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Africa’s potential is being underestimated

Africa’s potential is being underestimated

The apparent end to the commodity super-cycle has sent shockwaves across the global economy. It has sparked turbulence in world stock markets, put pressure on currencies, and fuelled major concerns about prospects for growth and […]

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Safe Skies Key to Africa’s Growth

Safe Skies Key to Africa’s Growth

Despite the current financial turmoil, the World Bank estimated Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth at 3.7% for 2015, with a slight uptick to 4.4% and 4.8% in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Six African countries feature in the […]

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1.2 billion opportunities

1.2 billion opportunities

The commodity boom may be over, and barriers to doing business are everywhere. But Africa’s market of 1.2 billion people still holds huge promise, says Daniel Knowles   FOR A LOOK at the African boom […]

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Let’s develop Africa with pride: AfDB boss

Let’s develop Africa with pride: AfDB boss

SIX months into office, African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina looks back on his accomplishments and shares his vision for the bank and Africa in the next 10 years. In a 10-minute video, the president […]

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Want a Great Way to Win Over Millennials in Africa’s Emerging Markets?

Want a Great Way to Win Over Millennials in Africa’s Emerging Markets?

Millennial influence has gone global. In addition to disrupting everything from how Americans work to how they buy groceries, this demographic is having an impact overseas, a big impact. Take Africa, for example: Millennials now […]

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Doing Business: Russia, Africa And The Media

Doing Business: Russia, Africa And The Media

Over the past few years, Russian authorities have been prioritizing media cooperation and the use of soft power to address the falling image of Russia among the political and business elites in Africa.   The […]

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Making Africa work

Making Africa work

“IS ANYONE here actually hoping to make any money, or are you all just trying to minimise your losses?” The question, asked at a dinner in London for investors who specialise in Africa, showed how […]

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East Africa: Standard Facilitates East African Business Growth

East Africa: Standard Facilitates East African Business Growth

STANDARD Bank is facilitating business development between clients from the East Africa region and South Africa through its 2016 East Africa Trans-Regional Conference in Kenya. Running until Thursday in Nairobi, the conference will provide delegates […]

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How Africa can close its continent-wide science funding gap

How Africa can close its continent-wide science funding gap

The idea that Africa’s development depends critically on science, technology and innovation is embodied in the African Union’s Agenda 2063. This document emphasizes economies that are led by innovation and driven by knowledge. But the […]

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More hotels are being planned in Africa than ever before

More hotels are being planned in Africa than ever before

Despite slowed growth across the continent, Africa remains a major hospitality destination for tourists and business so investors are planning 30% more hotels this year than they did in 2015, says a new report. The […]

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Google’s 1m ‘Digify’ Training Plan To Build Digital Skills In Africa

Google’s 1m ‘Digify’ Training Plan To Build Digital Skills In Africa

By training one million young Africans with digital skills in the next year, Google GOOGL +0.56% is hoping to grow the continent’s digital economy and change the nature of its media and advertising industries. With […]

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Google’s tech dream for Africa

Google’s tech dream for Africa

Launched yesterday in South Africa, the free platform, which was devised in partnership with Livity Africa, targets young people in Africa aged between 18 and 35 . The programmes have also been launched in Nigeria […]

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‘Companies working with World Bank in Africa use tax havens’

‘Companies working with World Bank in Africa use tax havens’

Washington: The vast majority of companies that received money from the World Bank’s private lending arm last year to finance investment in Africa’s poorest region use tax havens, a campaign group has said. A total […]

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Google Just Made a Huge Promise to Africans Who Need Jobs

Google Just Made a Huge Promise to Africans Who Need Jobs

Google is rolling out new training platforms in a bid to train 1 million young Africans in digital skills within the next year. In partnership with Livity Africa, Google has set a goal of training […]

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Africa’s Richest Man Begins Construction Of New $1 Billion Cement Plant In Nigeria

Africa’s Richest Man Begins Construction Of New $1 Billion Cement Plant In Nigeria

Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest cement producer which is controlled by Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, on Sunday began the construction of a new $1 billion cement factory in Okpella, Edo state, in Nigeria’s southern region. According […]

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Special Guests @Africa Business Forum – 01 Jun 2016 – Ethiopia

What people think of Africa Business Forum

Testimonials

The conference was essential for international companies present to learn about trends in the investment, opportunities and regulatory environments in Africa and specifically in Ethiopia, and discuss ideas, share information, experiences, and last but not least network. We have established new business contacts with numerous delegates and it’s with a great pleasure to be part of this.

I enjoyed the conference thoroughly. This was my first trip to Ethiopia and it was a great introduction to the tremendous business and partnership opportunities. Every single presentation and panel discussion was useful and valuable. The presence of top companies in the industry was also highly interesting. Thank you for inviting us to be part of this transformative event.

I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation towards the Africa Business Forum team for their care and consideration during the Forum and my stay in Addis Ababa. Also I would like to congratulate you for this successful Forum, with a large presence of quality individuals and great topics that were discussed. I wish you all the best of luck and I look forward to joining the next one. Insha-Allah.

I represent the Dubai Government Export Agency towards Africa. It is very important to support and enhance the trade links between Dubai and the rest of Africa. Africa is becoming one of the most important re-export markets for the UAE and also a base for many Africans looking to do business Globally.

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