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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East Africa’s mining and energy sectors

East Africa’s mining and energy sectors

Gold prospectors work at an open-pit mine in Kogelo village, Siaya County, mid this month. Capital investments in the mining and energy sectors are crucial in creating an extractive industry with high returns. [REUTERS] East […]

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Barack Obama unveils plan to ‘lift Africa out of poverty

Barack Obama unveils plan to ‘lift Africa out of poverty

Obama plugged African economy at a business event in Nairobi Highlighted own connections to region, where he has dozens of relatives Hailed potential of African business to lift people out of poverty Obama has brought […]

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Trends that are defining Africa’s growth

Trends that are defining Africa’s growth

Young Chief Executive Officer Africa Ajen Sita in an Interview with Capital FM Business/FILE NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – Two trends defining Africa’s future growth plan are rising urbanisation and growing consumer class. The trends […]

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Obama’s Africa Trip Will Cement Business Relationships

Obama’s Africa Trip Will Cement Business Relationships

As President Barack Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia this week, media coverage has fallen predominately into one of two categories: the return of a native son or the threat of terrorism in East Africa. This […]

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Where Barack Obama treads US business plans to follow

Where Barack Obama treads US business plans to follow

Kenyan women pose in front of a painting of Barack Obama ahead of his visit to Nairobi Barack Obama’s first visit to Kenya as US president is not only significant because of his family roots. […]

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Obama upbeat on Africa on eve of Kenya, Ethiopia trip

Obama upbeat on Africa on eve of Kenya, Ethiopia trip

People walk past a billboard welcoming US President Barack Obama – On the eve of his trip to Africa, US President Barack Obama said he was excited about the impending visit to his ancestral continent, which […]

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Why Obama Is Selling Africa Short

Why Obama Is Selling Africa Short

President Obama is flying to Africa this week, with plans to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. On his last trip to the continent, Obama showed off his sporting prowess with the soccket—a soccer ball that generates small amounts […]

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America in Africa: Military ties grow but trade lags

America in Africa: Military ties grow but trade lags

But US diplomatic and trade ties in Africa have not kept pace with defence cooperation, and lag far behind those of Europe and China.But US diplomatic and trade ties in Africa have not kept pace […]

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Kenya to welcome Obama ‘home’

Kenya to welcome Obama ‘home’

When Barack Obama visits Africa this month, he will be welcomed by a continent that had expected closer attention from a man they claim as their son, a sentiment felt acutely in the Kenyan village […]

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An African government is setting up ‘water ATMs’

An African government is setting up ‘water ATMs’

Water vending machine in Nairobi. The Kenyan government has installed communal water dispensers to get clean and affordable water to people in poor areas of Nairobi city. These water vending machines, known locally as water ATMs, allow […]

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Hong Kong’s startup incubator opens Africa office in Nairobi

Hong Kong’s startup incubator opens Africa office in Nairobi

Aaron Fu and Nest’s Comunity Manager Muthuri Kinyamu An investment and incubator firm based off Hong Kong has opened its first Africa office in Nairobi. Nest is looking to invest and work with African startups […]

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The World’s Most Optimistic People Live in Africa

The World’s Most Optimistic People Live in Africa

Sure, France has Paris, Provence and the Palace of Versailles. But when it comes to optimism about the domestic economy, the French have nothing on Ethiopians. The three countries with the brightest prospects in the next year […]

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Brics lets Africa create own destiny

Brics lets Africa create own destiny

Independent Media.Dr Iqbal Surve, chairman of Sekunjalo.Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu. Cape Town – Aligning itself with Brazil, Russia, India, and China had positioned South Africa and the African continent in a position to structure their own […]

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Is Djibouti Becoming The Dubai Of Africa?

Is Djibouti Becoming The Dubai Of Africa?

Since independence from France in 1977 this tiny republic at the confluence of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden has turned itself into a regional player with strategic and commercial clout. Not long […]

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Entrepreneur eyes cafes in West to profit from African coffee

Entrepreneur eyes cafes in West to profit from African coffee

Andrew Rugasira has worked for more than a decade to sell coffee in a way that will be more profitable to Africans, starting with a firm packaging roasted beans in Uganda and now working on […]

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Nigerian company Plans $2 Billion Bond to Buy Africa Energy Assets

Nigerian company Plans $2 Billion Bond to Buy Africa Energy Assets

Shoreline Group Chief Executive Officer Kola Karim. Shoreline Group, a Nigerian company with interests from oil production to rope-making across six African countries, plans to sell $2 billion in debt to buy crude and gas […]

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Chinese business in Africa: It’s a steel

Chinese business in Africa: It’s a steel

AFRICA’S second-largest iron-ore mine, in Tonkolili, Sierra Leone, lies silent and still. The slump in the price of iron ore and the Ebola epidemic killed off profits, and it was closed by African Minerals, which owned it, […]

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China Is Placing Africa On The Map Next To Shanghai. What’s Washington Doing?

China Is Placing Africa On The Map Next To Shanghai. What’s Washington Doing?

China is placing Africa on the map. The globalization map, that is. Next to Shanghai – in terms of Beijing’s business priorities, that is. And Washington is playing the catch up game. For years, globalization […]

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Mall of Africa: A new shopping experience

Mall of Africa: A new shopping experience

The Mall of Africa is set to tower over SA’s existing shopping centres, and anchors for the mall will include national favourites Woolworths, Edgars, Checkers and Game. (Reuters) The mammoth Mall of Africa, due to […]

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Africa needs to search within for solutions

Africa needs to search within for solutions

The future of Africa depends on an army of industrious, intelligent citizens joining forces to make this continent the powerhouse it ought to be, writes Tony O Elumelu. Africa’s future will not be forged by […]

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New Facebook office shows it means business in Africa

New Facebook office shows it means business in Africa

But the announcement that Facebook is to open an office in South Africa has brought the other face of the company into sharp perspective for local users. That is the business end of Facebook, and […]

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A new East Africa campaign

A new East Africa campaign

SAFARICOM is among the most innovative firms in the telecoms industry worldwide, and east Africa’s biggest company. Incumbency has now put the Kenya-based mobile-phone operator in the crosshairs of insurgent rivals. The company is at […]

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Greece contagion reaches East Africa

Greece contagion reaches East Africa

Tanzania – Tanzania’s central bank shelved plans to raise $600 million through a private placement managed by Rand Merchant Bank of South Africa, citing fallout from the Greek debt crisis. “We have postponed,” Joseph Masawe, […]

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How Business Managers In Africa Can Succeed

How Business Managers In Africa Can Succeed

Paul Butler is the executive development director, Aston Business School, United Kingdom. In an online interview with LEADERSHIP, he provided insight into some of the challenges facing African Business organisations  What are the key strategic […]

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World’s coffee giant, Starbucks to begin operations in South Africa

World’s coffee giant, Starbucks to begin operations in South Africa

Copyright : APA Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain, will soon open stores across South Africa, the management confirmed here on Wednesday. Officials said that Starbucks has signed a license agreement with South African management […]

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Africa’s games makers dream of exporting to the world

Africa’s games makers dream of exporting to the world

Africa’s games makers dream of exporting to the world By Gabriella Mulligan Cape Town 3 July 2015 From the section Business Games developer Momentum Core aims to make games that have social impact Allan Mukhwana […]

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Slow global growth can benefit Africa

Slow global growth can benefit Africa

REUTERSChildren holding plates wait in a queue to receive food. REUTERS/Babu Johannesburg – Africa is likely to benefit from weak global growth by attracting more investment that will drive its development, experts said at a […]

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How Boston’s Bain Came Unstuck With First Foray in Africa

How Boston’s Bain Came Unstuck With First Foray in Africa

Edcon Holdings Ltd. was a profitable South African retailer with few debt obligations before Bain Capital Partners LLC took control in its first foray on the continent. The 86-year-old retailer is now a loss-making giant […]

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Imbalie keen to give Africa a makeover

Imbalie keen to give Africa a makeover

INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Johannesburg – Imbalie Beauty, a health and beauty franchisor company, is eyeing expansion into Africa as part of its strategy aimed at becoming the largest and most desirable beauty franchise on the continent, […]

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Starbucks is coming to South Africa

Starbucks is coming to South Africa

South Africa’s Taste Holdings, which recently licenced global pizza giant, Domino’s in the country, has signed an exclusive deal with Starbucks Coffee. “For the first time in sub-Saharan Africa, Starbucks will open full-format stores bringing […]

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Starbucks to Enter Sub-Saharan Africa With Taste Coffee Deal

Starbucks to Enter Sub-Saharan Africa With Taste Coffee Deal

Starbucks Corp. coffee shops will open in sub-Saharan Africa for the first time after the world leader partnered with Taste Holdings Ltd. in a deal that sent shares of the Johannesburg-based franchiser soaring to a […]

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What Brics can do for Africa

What Brics can do for Africa

Brazils President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Jacob Zuma wave together during the Brics 2012 Summit in New Delhi, India. Photo: AP Johannesburg […]

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Companies @Africa Business Forum

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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