Africa investment forum slated for Kenya in 2017
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.