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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Ethiopia outperforms Sub-Saharan countries in World Bank index

Ethiopia outperforms Sub-Saharan countries in World Bank index

Ethiopia has a better regulatory environment that promotes the ease of doing business compared to other Sub-Saharan Africa countries, a new World Bank report says. According to the report – Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory […]

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Africa’s smartphone growth is giving local businesses plenty of new opportunities

Africa’s smartphone growth is giving local businesses plenty of new opportunities

Mobile operators in Africa are leveraging the rapidly growing smartphone market by opening up their APIs to third-party developers, according to a new report by GSMA. This move provides local businesses in the market with […]

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Building the Bridge Between Africa and Silicon Valley

Building the Bridge Between Africa and Silicon Valley

Stephen Ozoigbo, the CEO of the African Technology Foundation, spoke with BE about the burgeoning tech scene in Africa In case you’ve been living under a rock, Africa is one of the fastest growing, emerging […]

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A short guide to some of Africa’s best and cleanest beaches

A short guide to some of Africa’s best and cleanest beaches

Africa has some of the best beaches in the world. Tourists will be flocking to them soon as those in the southern hemisphere take summer holidays and those from the north look for ways to […]

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Bio-Product Targeting Fatal Toxin is the New Hope for Africa’s Food

Bio-Product Targeting Fatal Toxin is the New Hope for Africa’s Food

Application of Aflasafe in groundnut field. Courtesy of Aflasafe.com/IPS Abuja: As food contaminants, aflatoxins are amongst the deadliest. Between 2004 and 2007, contaminated maize killed nearly 200 people in Kenya, left hundreds hospitalised and rendered millions […]

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Croton nuts: Africa’s new biofuel that literally grows on trees

Croton nuts: Africa’s new biofuel that literally grows on trees

The history of biofuel production in Africa is marked with expensive and damaging failures. The much-hyped jatropha crop saw millions of dollars and vast tracts of land squandered, while the production of palm oil has […]

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How Africa’s rare gems made their way to the red carpet

How Africa’s rare gems made their way to the red carpet

Traders on the ancient Silk Road believed the ruby to have occult powers and carried the fiery red stones for protection. Mined in Myanmar as early as 600 AD, the stones considered most precious had […]

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Lafarge Africa enjoins Nigerians to be safety conscious

Lafarge Africa enjoins Nigerians to be safety conscious

Lafarge Africa Plc, a leading construction solutions company in Nigeria, has enjoined Nigerians to be safety conscious in this festive season as they cope with the attendant increase in human and vehicular movements. The call […]

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Uganda Could Be 1st African Country To Regulate Digital Currencies. Bitcoin Africa: What To Expect In 2017

Uganda Could Be 1st African Country To Regulate Digital Currencies. Bitcoin Africa: What To Expect In 2017

Some African countries have openly criticized bitcoin use. Others have taken a wait-and-see approach. Bitcoin has enjoyed a rally in 2016 that’s beaten every major currency, stock index and commodity contract, surging 15 percent during Christmas week alone […]

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Is the worst of Africa’s downturn really over?

Is the worst of Africa’s downturn really over?

The African Development Bank (AfDB) believes that Africa is over the worst of the economic downturn. As a big lender to African projects, it is obviously in the Bank’s best interests to talk up the […]

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Modest Recovery Expected for African Economies After Tough 2016

Modest Recovery Expected for African Economies After Tough 2016

2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods […]

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Dubai wants to boost its visitor numbers by attracting Africa’s growing middle-class

Dubai wants to boost its visitor numbers by attracting Africa’s growing middle-class

Dubai’s high-end shopping, extravagant night life, and towering luxury hotels drew around 12 million visitors to the city this year. Now, in an effort to attract more middle class tourists, particularly from Africa, the city […]

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This Founder Says Africa Is A Better Place For Entrepreneurs Than Europe

This Founder Says Africa Is A Better Place For Entrepreneurs Than Europe

Danish entrepreneur Martin Nielsen never planned to live in Africa. He travelled from his base in London to Kenya in 2012 to spend three months working with 88mph, a seed investment firm based in Kenya, […]

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Standard Bank brings clarity to Africa’s transaction landscape

Standard Bank brings clarity to Africa’s transaction landscape

Standard Bank, which is Africa’s biggest by assets, is well equipped to advise clients on which deals to choose, which sectors to target, which economies to prioritise and, mostly, where the dangers lie Business Reporter— […]

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Aliko Dangote, Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneur

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneur

It was not a surprise that Alhaji Aliko Dangote, a foremost entrepreneur and president of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, was recently named along other world leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, American President-elect, Donald […]

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Citi sees business growth coming from GCC reforms and Africa opportunities

Citi sees business growth coming from GCC reforms and Africa opportunities

Dubai: Wide ranging structural reforms initiated by the GCC governments to deal with lower oil prices and the fast growing opportunities in Africa will be Citigroup’s growth focus in the region in the medium term, […]

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Solar Energy Is Lighting Up Women’s Businesses in Africa

Solar Energy Is Lighting Up Women’s Businesses in Africa

Elizabeth Julius worked sunrise to sunset to make ends meet as a seamstress. Supporting her husband and two kids in a village in Tanzania, Julius was forced to put down her needle and thread each […]

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Brexit leads to more than 100 firms looking to move business from Britain to Ireland

Brexit leads to more than 100 firms looking to move business from Britain to Ireland

Ireland has said it has received more than 100 inquiries from major firms looking to move from the UK because of Brexit . Martin Shanahan, the chief executive of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), said […]

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11 giant infrastructure projects that are reshaping Africa

11 giant infrastructure projects that are reshaping Africa

Africa’s population is exploding. By the United Nations’ estimate, the continent will see its current population of 1.2 billion double by the year 2050. That’s an expected growth of 42 million people — basically a […]

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Experts eye Africa-friendly biotechnology curriculum

Experts eye Africa-friendly biotechnology curriculum

Experts have proposed changes in the biotechnology curriculum to reflect the African way of life, politics and social cultural norms in bid to boost acceptance. The experts – mainly local university dons working under European […]

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African Banks’ Silicon Valley Moment

African Banks’ Silicon Valley Moment

Continent’s biggest banks are investing billions in digital banking technology JOHANNESBURG—Bankers walk around in jeans and T-shirts, customers file insurance claims by emailing photos of the damage and urgent questions are sent—and quickly answered—by text message. […]

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Here are 15 Things we learnt from Senator Ben Murray Bruce on Forbes Africa TV’s “My Worst Day with Peace Hyde”

Here are 15 Things we learnt from Senator Ben Murray Bruce on Forbes Africa TV’s “My Worst Day with Peace Hyde”

No man steps in the same river twice for it is not the same river and he is not the same man. In business no two days are ever the same and challenges faced by […]

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Cisco Global Cloud Index projects Middle East and Africa cloud data center traffic to grow 440% by 2020

Cisco Global Cloud Index projects Middle East and Africa cloud data center traffic to grow 440% by 2020

The recently released sixth annual Cisco® Global Cloud Index (2015-2020) reveals that global cloud traffic is expected to rise 3.7-fold, up from 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 to 14.1 ZB per year by […]

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Nigeria can become Africa’s outsourcing headquarters for data science opportunities

Nigeria can become Africa’s outsourcing headquarters for data science opportunities

He got a global recognition at the INSNA conference in California after concluding his PhD sabbatical which took him across three nations – London, India and America.   Bayo Adekanmbi, C-Level Executive, MTN, recently completed […]

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Rwanda is the envy of Africa and the world

Rwanda is the envy of Africa and the world

Vision 2050 seeks to make Rwanda a wealthy country, writes Victor Kgomoeswana. “Sometimes when you play music, watch the dancers on the floor to know how good your music is; otherwise, you might praise yourself […]

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Saudi billionaire’s firm plans $500m Ethiopia investment

Saudi billionaire’s firm plans $500m Ethiopia investment

Saudi billionaire Mohamed al-Amoudi. By William Davison  – Bloomberg.. Horizon Plantations Ethiopia Plc, majority-owned by Saudi billionaire Mohamed al-Amoudi, plans to almost double annual revenue within three years by investing at least $500 million in coffee and orange projects. […]

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GE digital day gathers industry leaders to focus on Africa’s technological opportunities

GE digital day gathers industry leaders to focus on Africa’s technological opportunities

Africa must invest in infrastructure that will ease the process of digital transformation, said South African Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr Siyabonga Cwele, at the recent GE Africa Digital Day held in Johannesburg. […]

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Entrepreneurship made easy through the EasyBizGrant App

Entrepreneurship made easy through the EasyBizGrant App

Rays and Beams Pavillion Ltd has introduced the EasyBizGrant app which aims to solve most of the challenges young African entrepreneurs face. Released on November 10, 2016, the EasyBizGrant app will solve unemployment issues in Africa […]

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Three institutions to support ocean economies in Africa

Three institutions to support ocean economies in Africa

Three international institutions have announced an African Package for climate-resilient ocean economies at the ongoing COP22 in Marrakech. They are the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Bank and African Development Bank. The package, which […]

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How She Did It: Africa’s sensual landscape inspired my natural beauty products

How She Did It: Africa’s sensual landscape inspired my natural beauty products

As the daughter of an expat father, Nigerian born, Zeze Oriaikhi-Sao, 31, had a love of travel from an early age, while her passion for business was fostered by her mother, a serial entrepreneur. At the height of […]

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African oil & gas sectors adapt to lower prices

African oil & gas sectors adapt to lower prices

After two difficult years of spending cuts, layoffs and project delays, oil and gas companies are finally beginning to adapt to the slump in world oil prices. Analysis published by the energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie […]

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PEWIN expands Africa operations to Nigeria

PEWIN expands Africa operations to Nigeria

The Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN), a global networking organisation for senior women in private equity, has expanded its operations to Nigeria.The group, with chapters in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia, made […]

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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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