Africa in­vest­ment fo­rum slated for Kenya in 2017

East African Business Week - - SPORTS -

NAIROBI, KENYA--THE Africa Fi­nance and In­vest­ment Fo­rum (AFIF) will fo­cus on “En­trepreneur­ship and In­no­va­tion for Growth’ and will be held for the first time in Nairobi, Kenya,

Strath­more Univer­sity are the hosts for the event that takes place from Fe­bru­ary be­tween 15 and 16, 2017.

Par­tic­i­pants will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence a 360° event, which in­cludes an ex­clu­sive train­ing for en­trepreneurs, a dy­namic mar­ket place, tai­lor-made B2B meet­ings (for all par­tic­i­pants, speak­ers and part­ners us­ing EMRC match­mak­ing pro­gramme) and the Emrc-rabobank En­trepreneur­ship Award to cel­e­brate in­no­va­tion and ex­cel­lence.

An ex­pected 300 par­tic­i­pants will con­verge in Nairobi, bring­ing to­gether en­trepreneurs, in­vestors, fi­nanciers, mar­ket spe­cial­ists, gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and pol­icy mak­ers work­ing to­wards Africa’s growth and de­vel­op­ment.

Over 20 years ago EMRC rec­og­nized Africa’s po­ten­tial and the im­por­tant role African en­trepreneurs rep­re­sented for the con­ti­nent’s fu­ture.

Ini­tially fo­cus­ing on agri­cul­ture and en­trepreneur­ship, our ex­per­tise has grown to in­clude ac­cess to fi­nance, pro­mote public-pri­vate di­a­logue, as well as bridg­ing the gap be­tween SMES, new tech­nolo­gies and ca­pac­ity build­ing.

“At EMRC we be­lieve that SMES are the key drivers for growth: In de­vel­oped re­gions they are re­spon­si­ble for over 50% of GDP and over 60% of em­ploy­ment and economies across Sub Sa­ha­ran Africa fol­low a sim­i­lar model, ” Inês Bas­tos, Se­nior Pro­ject Man­ager at EMRC and head­ing AFIF 2017 said last week.

AFIF is an an­nual busi­ness plat­form ini­ti­ated in the frame­work of EMRC in­ter­na­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, aimed at strength­en­ing Africa s pri­vate sec­tor and at­tract­ing in­vest- ment to the Con­ti­nent. Ini­ti­ated over a dozen years ago in Brus­sels, AFIF has been held in Europe: Cologne, Am­s­ter­dam, Utrecht, Geneva, Lis­bon and Paris.

In line with grow­ing re­gional and in­ter­na­tional trends, the sched­uled AFIF will fo­cus on en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion and ac­cess to fi­nance in key sec­tors such as en­ergy, wa­ter, ICT, health and agri­cul­ture.

Bas­tos, said, “To en­cour­age SME growth in Africa, AFIF of­fers an in- ter­ac­tive plat­form for the en­trepreneurs mak­ing a dif­fer­ence, for the fi­nanciers al­ready in­vest­ing in Africa, as well as for the larger fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and en­ter­prises in­ter­ested in ac­cess­ing this grow­ing mar­ket seg­ment.”

This be­lief will be high­lighted dur­ing the Emrc-rabobank En­trepreneur­ship Award, which will show­case in­no­va­tive projects hap­pen­ing in Africa and of­fer in­vestors an op­por­tu­nity to get to know about solid and grow­ing busi­ness from across the con­ti­nent.

To fur­ther en­cour­age strong and ac­tive busi­ness meet­ings, that will take place dur­ing al­lo­cated times and also in­for­mally, EMRC will or­gan­ise a pre-con­fer­ence train­ing on “A Road-map for En­trepreneur­ship Growth” (Fe­bru­ary 13 and 14). The train­ing is ad­dressed ex­clu­sively to AFIF 2017 par­tic­i­pants and will be di­vided in two lin­guis­tic groups (English and French).

The in­ter­na­tional me­dia will also be present to high­light th­ese projects and to give the op­por­tu­nity to speak­ers and part­ners to gain lo­cal, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­bil­ity


LET’S DEAL: There will be tai­lor-made B2B meet­ings for all par­tic­i­pants, speak­ers and part­ners us­ing EMRC match­mak­ing pro­gramme which is the cen­ter­piece of the Fo­rum.

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