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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Crowdfunding in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges

Crowdfunding in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges

Crowdfunding—or the use of online platforms to raise money for business ventures from a large base of investors—has been steadily gaining traction in Africa over the past decade Still, crowdfunding in Africa remains limited compared

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East Africa: Dar es Salaam Port Can Convert Tanzania Into Trade Hub

East Africa: Dar es Salaam Port Can Convert Tanzania Into Trade Hub

Dar es Salaam — Tanzania should open up its Dar es Salaam port to trudge cargo volume, expand and build new transport links to make Tanzania a regional hub while turning the country as Dubai

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Urban Chamber looks to strengthen ties between Nevada, Africa

Urban Chamber looks to strengthen ties between Nevada, Africa

The Las Vegas Urban Chamber of Commerce is ready for business with Africa after Chamber President Ken Evans returned Friday from the first chamber-led trade mission Evans and representatives from the Governor’s Office of Economic

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Microsoft launches business-centric chat app in Kenya

Microsoft launches business-centric chat app in Kenya

Following a successful launch and full testing in India over the past year, Microsoft has announced the launch of its productivity app Kaizala in Kenya Created as a chat app, Kaizala has been customised to

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Ambode, Obiano, Collier, others say Africa must invest in infrastructure

Ambode, Obiano, Collier, others say Africa must invest in infrastructure

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, his Anambra State counterpart, Willie Obiano, as well as Paul Collier, say Africa must continually invest in infrastructure to quicken the pace of her development and bring about liveable cities They spoke

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Oil trader Vitol targets Africa expansion

Oil trader Vitol targets Africa expansion

Vitol, the world’s biggest independent oil trader, is eyeing opportunities to expand its business in Africa as it nears a milestone in the development of a $7bn offshore oil and gas project in Ghana Kho

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Capital importation to rise as EU unveils €44b Africa fund

Capital importation to rise as EU unveils €44b Africa fund

Hopes of Nigeria attracting foreign investments have been renewed as the European Union (EU), at the weekend, unveiled a €44 billion Africa economic development fund aimed at helping African countries manage their economic crisis in

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Eskom back in business for large power users

Eskom back in business for large power users

Eskom says large power users can now launch their growth plans with confidence, thanks to the utility’s turnaround strategy delivering an operational surplus capacity Speaking at the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa industry reception event in

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African leaders agree deal on continental free trade

African leaders agree deal on continental free trade

Heads of State and Governments who attended the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union have signed the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), whose purpose is to ensure significant growth of Intra-Africa trade The

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Cardtronics enters Africa with latest acquisition

Cardtronics enters Africa with latest acquisition

Houston-based Cardtronics has acquired South Africa’s largest independent ATM provider for an undisclosed sum The acquisition of Spark ATM Systems establishes South Africa as an anchor market in Africa for Cardtronics, according to a company

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How We Put Culture First to Find The Ideal Business Partner

How We Put Culture First to Find The Ideal Business Partner

When Netsurit made the strategic decision to look for an opportunity to expand into the North American market, networking with our colleagues at Entrepreneurs’ Organization was the logical first step in finding a like-minded company

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Oil and Gas executives set roadmap at West Africa Energy Assembly

Oil and Gas executives set roadmap at West Africa Energy Assembly

The 2nd annual West Africa Energy Assembly, organized by the Oil and Gas Council, the World’s largest business network of oil and gas executives’, attracted key players in West Africa’s oil industry, as well as

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Olympus Corporation opens new Regional Headquarters for Middle East and Africa in Dubai

Olympus Corporation opens new Regional Headquarters for Middle East and Africa in Dubai

High-end optics and precision electronics manufacturer, Olympus Corporation, today launched its regional headquarters for Middle East and Africa (MEA) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Olympus President, Mr Hiroyuki Sasa, flew in from Tokyo to inaugurate

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Standard Bank, GE launch healthcare accelerator at Africa Innovation Centre

Standard Bank, GE launch healthcare accelerator at Africa Innovation Centre

GE and Standard Bank have officially launched their new ‘Accelerator Programme’ for South African Healthcare Professionals at the R500 million GE Africa Innovation Centre in Johannesburg The two companies say the six-month Healthcare Accelerator programme

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Unpredictable Trump could prove a game changer for Africa

Unpredictable Trump could prove a game changer for Africa

With his win of the White House, president-elect Trump has made no secret that his electoral college mandate to “make America great again” should apply to US foreign policy as well During the campaign and

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Indices will get better in 2017 financial year – Puchercos, CEO of Lafarge Africa

Indices will get better in 2017 financial year – Puchercos, CEO of Lafarge Africa

Michel Puchercos, is the Managing Director, Lafarge Africa Plc, one of the largest cement groups in Africa, a member of the French global cement giant, LafargeHolcim Group,   with a huge presence in Nigeria With

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Ethiopia -Djibouti railway a first step to Trans-Africa railway?

Ethiopia -Djibouti railway a first step to Trans-Africa railway?

The sleek passenger train waiting for its inaugural journey at Djibouti’s barely finished Nagad station almost stretched out of sight down the platform Three tracks behind it was an even longer goods train of dark

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Jonathan Kgatshe on bringing new technologies to Africa

Jonathan Kgatshe on bringing new technologies to Africa

Established by Jonathan Kgatshe in 2013, IT and audio-visual company Myteksonic aims to ensure that South Africa is at the forefront of cutting edge technology “My dream when I started Myteksonic was to improve my

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Kenya and Mauritius set to be Africa’s financial hubs

Kenya and Mauritius set to be Africa’s financial hubs

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 17 – Kenya and Mauritius have agreed to make the two countries the financial and trade hubs for Africa President Uhuru Kenyatta said Kenya and Mauritius need to complement each other as the two

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Annual Powering Africa summit to hold in Washington, USA

Annual Powering Africa summit to hold in Washington, USA

An annual summit which will provide opportunity for Africa’s energy sector stakeholders and developers to interface with multilaterals, global investors and technology providers is slated to hold on the 7th to 8th of March in

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AfDB President advocates improved finance for Africa

AfDB President advocates improved finance for Africa

Mr Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has called for improved access to financing to accelerate the transformation of African economies He said this was likely to improve the quality of

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African leaders commit inclusive job-creating economies

African leaders commit inclusive job-creating economies

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, together with some 30 African leaders, have committed to ensure that economic growth in their countries would lead to a more inclusive economy This, they, said, would create jobs for

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth to pick at 2.9% in 2017 – World Bank says

Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth to pick at 2.9% in 2017 – World Bank says

Sub-Saharan African growth is expected to pick up modestly to 29 percent in 2017 as the region continues to adjust to lower commodity prices This according to the January 2017 global economic prospects report published

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Africa: ‘Trump May Ask Duty Free U.S. Exports to Africa’

Africa: ‘Trump May Ask Duty Free U.S. Exports to Africa’

Ambassador Herman Cohen was Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under George Bush (Snr) and is now the chairman and CEO Cohen & Woods International, a Washington based Africa focused group helping Western companies

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East Africa records highest share of Foriegn Direct Investment across Africa

East Africa records highest share of Foriegn Direct Investment across Africa

East Africa recorded the highest share of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) across Africa, achieving 263 percent of total projects This is according to Ernst & Young’s (EY) 2016 Africa attractiveness program which further states that

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Trump Win – A Business Opportunity in the Making for Africa

Trump Win – A Business Opportunity in the Making for Africa

Donald J Trump will be sworn in as US president in January 2017 So, what does this mean for the private sector in Africa Throughout the campaign, President-elect Trump focused largely on rebuilding America and

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Self-made tycoon: ‘Africa is doing amazing – it’s our turn to shine’

Self-made tycoon: ‘Africa is doing amazing – it’s our turn to shine’

From banking to hospitality and real estate to e-commerce, Ashish Thakkar built his vast business empire from scratch The Ugandan tycoon started small with a little computer shop that kept him busy after leaving school

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How Middle East companies can succeed in Africa

How Middle East companies can succeed in Africa

Africa is a tempting opportunity for many Middle East companies seeking growth opportunities The continent has rapid economic growth and a 400 million strong middle class Yet firms can stumble because they do not grasp

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Ethiopia Africa’s top investment destination for Turkey

Ethiopia Africa’s top investment destination for Turkey

The Turkish ambassador to Ethiopia had disclosed that Ethiopia remains the biggest recipient of Turkish direct investment in Africa The US$15 billion Gibe III project dam is expected to generate 1870 MW of electricity The

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Brexit should be good for Africa, and Africa could be good for Brexit, too

Brexit should be good for Africa, and Africa could be good for Brexit, too

Just a few months after being elected Conservative Party leader, David Cameron flew to Rwanda It was a high-profile trip so he could see first-hand the development of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies and launch

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Close to 4,000 Japanese delegates attending the sixth session of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad)

Close to 4,000 Japanese delegates attending the sixth session of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad)

The team led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also thrust Kenya, the gateway to Africa, on the cusp of history as the first country to host a Ticad session outside Tokyo The Japan before

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EY: Africa one of two regions in the world growing in Foriegn Direct Investment projects

EY: Africa one of two regions in the world growing in Foriegn Direct Investment projects

According to EY’s 2016 Africa Attractiveness Program report, ‘Staying The Course’, sub-Saharan Africa remains one of the fastest growing regions in the world despite a relative slow down This is reflected in the foreign direct

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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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