EMRC organized the 2013 edition of the Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) entitled “Trade for Growth and Development”. The forum was held June 13-14, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. IFC's Chief Investment Officer André Laude participated.
The Forum’s focus on trade this year was in parallel with the international community’s view that trade and a conducive business environment are indispensable for long-term sustainable economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. The forum had two objectives: to strengthen the financial capacities of Africa’s private sector, and to promote the creation of new partnerships through the encouragement of joint projects and trade relations North-South and South-South.
So what did AFIF2013 offer participants in terms of doing business in Africa? International experts showcased their vision for the future of Africa’s business sector with representatives from the private and public sector from Africa, Europe and beyond highlighting the key issues linked to the sector’s growth. In addition, with a 250 participants attending, the Forum also provided business-to-business (B2B) meetings which were tailor-made to ensure maximum business partnership success. Previous forums have seen over 1,000 of these meetings set up over a 2-day period. Furthermore, the international media spotlighted speakers and interviewed a select group of participants to highlight regional and local business ideas and trends.
AFIF 2013 took place June 13-14, 2013 and, as per their members’ recommendation, there was for the first time a special pre-forum two-day Training Session on “Presenting a business plan to investors”. The Training Session was addressed to participants with either ongoing businesses or well structured ideas wishing to find financing and other support for their projects.