Africa Finance&Investment Forum 2015 to mull access to finance&entrepreneurship
The Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) 2015 forum will take place in Cape Town, South Africa over 24 and 26 November, with talks this year expected to centre on the emerging continent’s access to finance, and entrepreneurship.(Image:youtube.com)
AFIF is an annual business-networking event organised with the objectives of strengthening the private sector in Africa, encouraging entrepreneurship and attracting investment in the African continent.
This forum, which has been held across European venues such as Brussels, Cologne, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Geneva, Lisbon and Paris so far, will witness the 2015 edition being held for the first time on African soil.
The event, expected to be attended by around 350 delegates, will bring together different regions of the world with the common drive of fulfilling Sub-Saharan Africa’s potential.
AFIF 2015 will be preceded by a one day Training / Workshop on Entrepreneurship, with the main event partner being the European Investment Bank (EIB).
Among the keynote speakers, there will be the Honourable Lord Paul Boateng, former British High Commissioner to South Africa between 2005 and 2009.
“The AFIF 2015 Conference provides an exciting opportunity for policy makers, academics, and practitioners, to come together to explore best practices and chart the way forward, in this critical year in which sustainable development takes centrestage. I look forward to joining in the discussions,” he noted.
The participants in the event will mainly comprise entrepreneurs who aim at diversifying or expanding their activities and are looking for financial and technical support as well as ways to access existing funding sources. The event will also be attended by commercial banks and international institutions which will offer such entrepreneurs assistance and support.
The list of participants also extends to multinationals, consultancies, research institutes, universities, government officials, public sector representatives and professional associations, among others.
The forum discussion will start with a pre-conference training/workshop, addressed to African entrepreneurs. The following day’s discussion will centre on developing an efficient and diversified financial sector in Africa, addressing the ‘missing middle’ in Africa, strengthening the capacities of commercial financial institutions, private equity and venture capital, innovative solutions to improve access to finance, and many other topics that will ease access to finance in the African continent, together with discussing innovative approaches to finance key sectors.
Last year’s forum saw over 500 such meetings take place. In addition, there will be information stands where delegates can hold one-on-one discussions with investors and foundation representatives, among others.
Finally, it may be noted that the forum will provide simultaneous interpretations in English, French and Portuguese.