Dubai to host Africa Global Business Forum
Delegates comprising business leaders and policymakers from around the world are set to converge on Dubai in May to discuss investment opportunities in Africa. Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry together with the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Regional Investment Agency (RIA) are hosting the Africa Global Business Forum 2013. The event, which will be held in Dubai from May 1-2, is being billed as the region’s leading international trade and investment forum on Africa featuring distinguished regional and international policy makers and leaders in business.
The Forum is expected to bring together more than 2,000 delegates representing Africa, the GCC, Asia and Europe.
Delegates will learn first-hand about the challenges and opportunities in finance, agribusiness, logistics, trade and maximizing on Dubai as a strategic hub to COMESA and the other emerging markets within Africa.
Among the speakers are: H.E. Sultan Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, UAE; H.E. Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State, UAE; H.E. Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General, COMESA, Zambia; H.E. Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties PJSC, UAE; Dr Mo Ibrahim, Chief Executive Officer, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, UK and Dr Ahmed Heikal, Chairman and Founder, Citadel Capital, Egypt.
The latest event follows on from the success of the 4th COMESA Investment Forum held in 2011 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Rule of Dubai.
At that event, more than 1,000 participants from more than 80 countries flocked to Dubai to be a part of the Forum as well as 14 senior ministers and leading personalities representing some of the largest businesses in Africa and the world.
Africa’s large economic community offers immense scope for bilateral investment and trade, making it a lucrative business opportunity with Dubai as an important gateway to the region.
Building on the success of previous events, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will again offer continued patronage to the Dubai Chamber and COMESA RIA to enable them to host the event.
This year, there is expanded coverage of the key regional economic communities including: the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA); the East African Community (EAC); the Southern African Development Community (SADC); the Indian Ocean Commission (IOV); the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) ; Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS); Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the African Union (AU).
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Source: African Business Review