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 economic prospects in 2016: Looking for silver linings

Africa’s economic prospects in 2016: Looking for silver linings

Africa’s economic prospects in 2016: Looking for silver linings   2015 was a tough year for African economies But many of the problems of 2015 could get worse this year, from lack of demand for

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Aliko Dangote: Africa’s richest man leads ‘lions’ of business

Aliko Dangote: Africa’s richest man leads ‘lions’ of business

Dangote Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote typifies the new “African lions” whose business empires are winning a competitive edge over foreign multinationals because of their better grasp of local markets “In emerging markets, there is no

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Ghana is 8th best country for business in Africa on Forbes 2015 ranking

Ghana is 8th best country for business in Africa on Forbes 2015 ranking

On the Forbes 2015 ranking of 144 Best Countries for Business in the world, Ghana ranks 79th and 8th in Africa Ghana is ahead of countries like Senegal, Tunisia, Namibia and the Seychelles Some of

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Swaziland in 10 investor-friendly countries in Africa

Swaziland in 10 investor-friendly countries in Africa

The World Bank has ranked Swaziland eighth of top 10 African countries suitable for doing business, APA can report on SaturdayThe Washington-based institution says the regulatory environment is more conducive to starting and operating a

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Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn addresses the Third India-Africa Business

Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn addresses the Third India-Africa Business

ADDIS ABABA (HAN) October 31, 2015 – Public Diplomacy and Regional food Security Initiatives News Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn has addressed the gathering of African and Indian Heads of state at the Third India-Africa

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India-Africa Forum Summit: Africa invites India to do business

India-Africa Forum Summit: Africa invites India to do business

  PM Modi on Thursday described India and Africa as bright spots of hope and economic opportunity and offered technology and credit to match rival China at a summit with more than 40 African leaders

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The 10 best places to start a business in Africa

The 10 best places to start a business in Africa

Mauritius at Number 1 For the last few years, however, things have been getting better, according to the World Bank Every year, the Bank releases the global ‘Doing Business‘ ranking of countries’ business environment, rating

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Facebook is launching a satellite to expand Internet access in Africa

Facebook is launching a satellite to expand Internet access in Africa

Facebook Inc said it would launch a satellite in partnership with France’s Eutelsat Communications to bring Internet access to large parts of sub-Saharan Africa The satellite, part of Facebook’s Internetorg platform to expand internet access

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Indian prime minister Modi pitches ‘partnership of prosperity’ to Africa

Indian prime minister Modi pitches ‘partnership of prosperity’ to Africa

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the Inaugural Session of the India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi, India, October 29, 2015 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned on the charm for African leaders on Thursday,

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Social Media, Instant Messengers and the future of business in Africa

Social Media, Instant Messengers and the future of business in Africa

Internet penetration in Africa is at 18 percent, according to a 2014 African digital report published on socialmediaweekorg That’s around 205 million of Africa’s 11 billion people Over the past year, this number has increased

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Mauritius eyes Africa as pressure mounts on offshore business

Mauritius eyes Africa as pressure mounts on offshore business

Mauritius beats Singapore as the world’s top route for foreign investment to India and is a hub for thousands of firms managing half a trillion dollars in assets But there are only a sprinkling of

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The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power

The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power

The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power By Alex de Waal Polity Press AT ONE of the many peace conferences to try to end the bloody conflict

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Kenya still favourable investment hub in East Africa

Kenya still favourable investment hub in East Africa

Kenya still remains the most preferred investment destination in East and Central Africa region, according to Kenya Investment Authority This comes after the World Economic Forum released a report on Global Competitiveness that placed Kenya

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DEUTSCHE BANK: Africa is becoming a much better place to do Business

DEUTSCHE BANK: Africa is becoming a much better place to do Business

Excitement about investment opportunities in Africa is often considered to be a sign of a market that has reached its zenith With no low-hanging fruit in developing Asia or the advanced economies, analysts desperately turn

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The Lion Awakes: How Young Entrepreneurs Are Transforming Africa

The Lion Awakes: How Young Entrepreneurs Are Transforming Africa

Did you know that entrepreneurship has been in decline in the US since 2008 More businesses are closing each year then being formed This decline in start up activity is not only creating a net

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Africa gains $34.5 billion of Private-Equity transactions in the past 7 years

Africa gains $34.5 billion of Private-Equity transactions in the past 7 years

A LONG line of smoke-belching lorries clogs the highway for miles outside Mombasa, Kenya’s main port They are waiting to collect shipping containers that they will haul across 1,200 grinding kilometres to Kampala, Uganda’s capital

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Leading international law firm ‘Addleshaw Goddard’ to present at AfricaBusinessForum.com 3rd Investment Meeting

Leading international law firm ‘Addleshaw Goddard’ to present at AfricaBusinessForum.com 3rd Investment Meeting

Leading international law firm, Addleshaw Goddard’s Africa Business Group will be presenting the ‘Investment Potential of Africa’ at the Africa Business Forum in Dubai on 17 Oct 2015 Addleshaw Goddard have for many years advised

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East Africa’s inflows of Foreign Direct Investment increase by 11pc

East Africa’s inflows of Foreign Direct Investment increase by 11pc

Africa is now positioning itself as a major business hub for overseas investors, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) latest Economic Insight report Where aid was the traditional source

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Ethiopia opens Sub-Saharan Africa’s first tramway

Ethiopia opens Sub-Saharan Africa’s first tramway

Sub-Saharan Africa’s first modern tramway opened in the Ethiopian capital on Sunday, marking the completion of a massive Chinese-funded infrastructure project hailed as a major step in the country’s economic development Even before the ribbon

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Turkish Airlines ranks ‘first in connecting Africa’

Turkish Airlines ranks ‘first in connecting Africa’

Turkish Airlines (THY) ranks first in connecting Africa with the rest of the world, a senior official of Turkey’s flag carrier said on Sept 28 Company Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Temel Kotil also

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Ernst & Young answers the question: Why is there under investment in Africa?

Ernst & Young answers the question: Why is there under investment in Africa?

Business rescue has a big role to play in encouraging new investment into Africa, says EY This is because, although private equity firms have raised over $25 billion for investment into Africa, only half of

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Bill Clinton appears in virtual-reality movie on Africa

Bill Clinton appears in virtual-reality movie on Africa

Former President Bill Clinton is taking viewers to East Africa through virtual reality In a seven-minute movie, viewers with special goggles will be able to follow Clinton’s travels Footage was captured last spring with 360-degree cameras

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Can entrepreneurship in Africa make clean water more accessible?

Can entrepreneurship in Africa make clean water more accessible?

Colorado Springs feels like a long way from the poor neighborhoods of Kampala, in Uganda, and Kigali, in Rwanda But that’s nothing compared to the gap between a small father-and-son business, and the overwhelming clean

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Africa Development Bank head Akinwumi Adesina warns of global risks to Africa

Africa Development Bank head Akinwumi Adesina warns of global risks to Africa

Africa needs to make sure it gets “the best deal possible” for its natural resource exports, particularly with its largest trading partner China, to protect itself from global market turbulence, according to the new president

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Exposing some of the problems with Chinese investment in Africa

Exposing some of the problems with Chinese investment in Africa

On August 14, a compressor failed at the Soraz oil refinery near Zinder, Niger, crippling one of the very few pieces of industrial infrastructure in one of the poorest countries in the world The thing

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How Africa’s super-rich spend their millions

How Africa’s super-rich spend their millions

They are 163,000 according to CNN That’s roughly the number of millionaires living in Africa — and the figure is rising rapidly Most of them are based in Johannesburg, according to the latest AfrAsia Bank New World Wealth

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High-speed mobile puts Africa and India on fast track

High-speed mobile puts Africa and India on fast track

High-speed mobile internet could give a boost to developing economies The roll-out of high-speed mobile connectivity in Africa and India is demonstrating yet again how emerging economies can leapfrog traditional developmental stages to accelerate their

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Somalis teaching South Africans how to do business in townships

Somalis teaching South Africans how to do business in townships

A 2014 report from the Migrating for Work Research Consortium (MiWORC), an organisation that examines migration and its impact on the South African labour market, found “People born outside the country were far less likely

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These Are the African Nations Most Exposed to China

These Are the African Nations Most Exposed to China

China’s slowdown is rippling across Africa and these three nations are the most exposed, relying on demand from the Asian economy for almost half their exports: Republic of Congo, Angola and Mauritania Oil accounts for

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Microsoft teaching, learning and developing business in Africa

Microsoft teaching, learning and developing business in Africa

Anand Mariappan spends his days at Microsoft building data-analysis tools largely designed for people like him That is, office workers accustomed to high-resolution computer monitors, lightning-quick Internet and the creature comforts of a modern office

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African designers make business case for ethical fashion

African designers make business case for ethical fashion

South Africa’s Sindiso Khumalo hopes you like the fact that her clothes are made in Cape Town and “sweatshop free” But most of all, the London-based designer hopes you want to buy them because you

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East Africa emerges as a trade hub

East Africa emerges as a trade hub

East Africa is emerging as a trade hub to rival sub-Saharan Africa is two heavyweight states of South Africa and Nigeria, according to analysis by Barclays published on Thursday However the UK bank identifies five

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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