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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South Africa Struggles to Halt Wave of Attacks on Foreigners

South Africa Struggles to Halt Wave of Attacks on Foreigners

South Africa’s government is struggling to contain a flare up of attacks against foreigners in the port city of Durban that’s left at least five people dead and forced more than 1,000 immigrants to flee

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The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation Broadens Reach of Replenish Africa Initiative

The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation Broadens Reach of Replenish Africa Initiative

Today at the 7th World Water Forum, Ahmet Bozer, Executive Vice President and President of Coca-Cola International, announced the expansion of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation‘s (TCCAF) Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), pledging an additional US$35 million

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Dubai Investment Firm Raises Almost $1 Billion African Fund

Dubai Investment Firm Raises Almost $1 Billion African Fund

The Abraaj Group, a Dubai-based private equity company managing about $9 billion across emerging markets, raised $990 million for its third Sub-saharan Africa fund as it seeks to benefit from the region’s economic growthAbout 64

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Why the future of African business is social

Why the future of African business is social

“Mobile is the future of Africa,” explained Briant Biggs, Roc Nation’s Head of Digital This past February, Biggs and many other international digital brands came to Lagos for Social Media Week cementing their entry into

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US President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa

US President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa

President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa meets for first time President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa met for the first time in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 8 High-level

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Africa’s competitive business environment spurs IT services adoption

Africa’s competitive business environment spurs IT services adoption

Emerging African economies are increasingly embracing IT services solutions in a bid to support their growth initiatives That’s according to the latest insights released by International Data Corporation (IDC), with the global advisory services firm

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China’s Environmental Impact Doing Business In Africa

China’s Environmental Impact Doing Business In Africa

There is growing evidence that China is now encouraging its companies as they invest in Africa and elsewhere to follow better environmental practices In 2013, China’s ministries of commerce and environmental protection issued voluntary guidelines

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Is fibre optic cable key to Africa’s economic growth?

Is fibre optic cable key to Africa’s economic growth?

The elite of Kenya’s much-heralded entrepreneurship revolution work in an ultra-modern co-working space overlooking the bustle of Nairobi Their businesses are reliant on the high-speed internet available here The Nairobi Garage is one of a

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Web businesses’ uphill battle to make it in Africa

Web businesses’ uphill battle to make it in Africa

AFRICA’s economic growth rates and rising youth population mean that more and more entrepreneurs are looking to the continent for business opportunities The typical strategy is to introduce new companies by recreating foreign business models

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Foreign direct investment boosts African mega projects

Foreign direct investment boosts African mega projects

  Investment in African megaprojects was up 46% to $326-billion (R395-trillion) last year, led by increases in investment in energy and power, according to Deloitte’s latest African construction report To be included in the report,

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It’s the Economics: Refocusing & Reframing Africa

It’s the Economics: Refocusing & Reframing Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSAfrica) today is as an economic and investment growth area, but what has not happened in this atmosphere of renewed discussion about the continent, is “reframing” the entire discussion on the region —

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Mobile payment methods are game changer for Africa

Mobile payment methods are game changer for Africa

BLOOMBERGNairobi residents send money through m-pesa According to a survey, sub-Saharan Africa is home to 53 percent of live mobile money services in the world Photo: Bloomberg WRITING in his latest annual “Gates Notes” letter,

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Software the cornerstone in building business networks in Africa

Software the cornerstone in building business networks in Africa

Peter Melerud, co-founder and CMO, KEMP Technologies With hardware taking a back seat in Africa and more operations on the continent looking to leverage private/public cloud to strengthen networks and manage enterprise data centres, the

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Quintin Primo’s next real estate frontier: Africa

Quintin Primo’s next real estate frontier: Africa

Africa may be too risky for many real estate investors, but Quintin Primo thinks the potential rewards are worth the risk After restructuring Capri Capital Partners, the Chicago-based real estate company he co-founded 23 years

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Mara Group ebulliently positive about the outlook for business in Africa

Mara Group ebulliently positive about the outlook for business in Africa

©Martin O’Neill Ashish Thakkar is wearing large sunglasses as he swings open the doors to his 73rd floor penthouse in Dubai’s financial district Casually turned out as if he were in Silicon Valley, the African-Indian

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Strengthening the Asia-Africa Partnership

Strengthening the Asia-Africa Partnership

An event next month is an ideal opportunity to institutionalize a partnership that offers considerable opportunity Next month, Indonesia will be hosting the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Asia-Africa Conference According to

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India in Africa: Spreading the fragrance of goodwill

India in Africa: Spreading the fragrance of goodwill

As India plans big for the India Africa Forum Summit in October, inviting all the 54 countries for the first time to its soil, it has reached out in many small but important ways to

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Lords Hotels eyes Africa for expansion

Lords Hotels eyes Africa for expansion

New-Delhi based hospitality company Lords Hotels and Resorts is eyeing management opportunities in the Africa market This is part of its plans to have 49 hotels up and running in India and overseas by 2017

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LBS, African Business Schools Collaborate On Entrepreneurship

LBS, African Business Schools Collaborate On Entrepreneurship

Lagos Business School (LBS) has signed a partnership agreement with leading African business schools from four other major countries to share resources, expertise and research to give a much-needed boost to entrepreneurship, job creation and

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Finnish companies eye business opportunities in Africa

Finnish companies eye business opportunities in Africa

The majority of electricity in the Kenyan comes from renewable energy sources Image: EPA The International Monetary Fund has predicted Africa’s economic growth will average 51 per cent by 2019, with growth for the eurozone

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Deutsche Bank Says Dubai Will be Hub for Africa Business

Deutsche Bank Says Dubai Will be Hub for Africa Business

(Bloomberg) — Deutsche Bank AG plans to make the Dubai International Financial Centre the hub for its African operations, according to its local chief executive officer Ashok Aram, who heads Deutsche Bank in the Middle

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Visa, MasterCard moving into mobile pay in Africa

Visa, MasterCard moving into mobile pay in Africa

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans may just be getting used to mobile pay, but consumers in many African countries have been paying with their phones for years Now payment processors Visa and MasterCard want to

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Lions go global: Deepening Africa’s ties to the United States

Lions go global: Deepening Africa’s ties to the United States

The White House has invited some 50 African heads of state to Washington, DC, this week, presenting a historic opportunity to deepen US ties to the continent But it would be a mistake to assume

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U.S. signs trade pledge with East Africa, eyes rest of continent

U.S. signs trade pledge with East Africa, eyes rest of continent

The United States and five East African countries pledged on Thursday to ease trade flows and set the stage for more US investment, a program that could be extended to other parts of Africa The

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US strengthens trade with East African Community

US strengthens trade with East African Community

An agreement has been signed by delegates from the US and East African Community (EAC) that will harmonise market standards, remove red tape, and eliminate tariffs in an effort to stimulate trade between the two

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Is Germany about to make significant African investment?

Is Germany about to make significant African investment?

German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has just finished heading a four-day visit to several eastern African countries He has noted that German perceptions of Africa are at odds with the increasingly business-friendly

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Third meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue

Third meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue

The HLPD Expert Working Group was set up after the EU-Africa Summit 2014 and is working on an input to a roadmap towards a jointly funded EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership with a first focus

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HomeChoice targets Africa’s middle class

HomeChoice targets Africa’s middle class

  DIRECT marketing retailer HomeChoice seems to be making headway with growing business in Africa with plans to open its Pan-African office in Mauritius this year The group which sells homeware merchandise, personal electronics and

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World’s Largest Brewer Sees Opportunities In Africa’s ‘Affordable’ Beer Market

World’s Largest Brewer Sees Opportunities In Africa’s ‘Affordable’ Beer Market

SABMiller, the world’s second biggest brewer, on Monday said it expected biggest growth opportunities to come out of Africa, thanks to more affordable beer and middle class aspirations on the continent Speaking at an investor

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ITC Unlocking East African Businesses’ Access to Indian Markets

ITC Unlocking East African Businesses’ Access to Indian Markets

East African businesses are set to trade more with India by learning to take advantage of the country’s duty-free market access scheme, facilitated by the Supporting India’s Trade Preferences for Africa (SITA) project of the

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Diageo lifted by African prospects

Diageo lifted by African prospects

Diageo is toasting a successful City meeting on Monday which focused on its African plans Analyst Wyn Ellis at Numis said the drinks giant’s sales in Africa grew by 5% in the first half, contributing

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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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