1 - 2 november 2017 madinat jumeirah, dubai


global business forum on africa

Global Business Forum on Africa will explore the next phase of growth and development with the founders of Africa’s most innovative businesses. The forum will examine the potential for leveraging technology to accelerate growth across Africa, discuss the power of the emerging private sector and identify the opportunities for financing and partnering with Africa’s most dynamic businesses.

The objective of GBF Africa is to encourage international revenue flows into Africa by engaging leading decision-makers on the global investment scene. The Forum will involve prominent African stakeholders to engage in a dialogue at the highest level of implementation, advising on key strategic directives related to Africa’s economic outlook.

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who should attend?

GBF Africa brings together and attracts a high profile audience of over 1,000 top-level government and corporate decision-makers, including African heads of state, ministers and dignitaries, prominent CEOs operating globally, prominent entrepreneurs, heads of private banks, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, the UAE government and business elite, Heads of African Investment Promotion Agencies, Chief Executives representing African & multinational organisations and world-class leaders.

senior government officials attending gbf africa 2017

  • H.E. Paul Kagame President Republic of Rwanda
  • H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim President Republic of Mauritius
  • H.E. Yoweri Museveni President Republic of Uganda
  • H.E. Audu Ogbeh Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development Republic of Nigeria
  • H.E. Patrick Anthony Chinamasa Minister of Finance & Economic Development Republic of Zimbabwe
  • H.E. Sindiso Ngwenya Secretary General COMESA Secretary General
  • H.E. Romuald Wadagni Minister of Economy and Finance Republic of Benin
  • Hon. Henry Mussa Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Republic of Malawi
  • H.E. Abdel Karim Konate Minister of Commerce Republic of Mali
  • Amb. Libérat Mfumukeko Secretary General ECAS African Community
  • H.E. Marcel de Souza President ECOWAS Commission
  • Mr. Taavi Roivas Former Prime Minister Republic of Estonia
  • Mr. Lai Yahaya Senior Special Assistant to the President Republic of Nigeria
  • H.E. Festus Mogae Former President Republic of Botswana
  • H.E. Cheick Modibo Diarra Former Transitional Prime Minister Republic of Mali
  • Hon. Francois Kanimba Minister of Trade, Industry & East African Affairs Republic of Rwanda
  • H.E. Hatim Al Sir Minister of Trade Republic of Sudan

GBF Africa 2015 delegates included:

African Heads of State:

  • H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim President Republic of Mauritius
  • H.E. Paul Kagame President Republic of Rwanda

Prime Ministers:

  • Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda Prime Minister Republic of Uganda

African Ministers:

  • H.E. Abrahao Pio Dos Santos Gourgel Minister of Economy Republic of Angola
  • Hon. Hanna Tetteh Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Republic of Ghana
  • H.E. Hon. Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbah Minister for Trade & Industry Republic of Ghana
  • H.E. Kerfalla Yansane Minister of Mining Republic of Guinea
  • H.E. Amadou Ba Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning Republic of Senegal
  • Hon. Amelia Kyambadde Minister of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives Republic of Uganda
  • H.E. Nourdine Bourhane Vice-President in charge of the Ministry of Land Management Urban Planning and Housing Union of Comoros

African Dignitaries:

  • H.E. Festus Mogae Former President of the Republic of Botswana
  • H.E. Pedro Verona Pires Former President of Republic of Cape Verde
  • Emmanuel Esmel Essis Director General Investment Promotion Agency of Côte d'Ivoire
  • Mawuena Trebarh Chief Executive Officer Ghana Investment Promotion Office Republic of Ghana
  • H.E. Evan Kidero Governor, Nairobi County Republic of Kenya
  • H.E. Cheick Mobido Diarra Former Transitional President of Republic of Mali
  • H.E. Joaquim Chissano Former President of Republic of Mozambique

Top CEOs, Decision Makers and Industry Professionals from all sectors, including:

  • Louis Dreyfus Commodities
  • Olam International
  • Julius Berger International
  • Lindt & Sprungli
  • Development Bank of Angola
  • National Bank of Abu Dhabi
  • Avaya
  • Deutsche Bank
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank
  • Al-Futtaim Group
  • Julius Baer
  • Colony Capital
  • National Bank of Kenya
  • Dubai Holding
  • Sunbird Group
  • APM Terminals
  • Agility Global Logistics
  • Citibank
  • and many more…
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benefits of attending

The Forum will address a myriad of current economic and business related issues with the objective of advising on key strategic directives related to the GBF Africa’s economic outlook. During the Forum, delegates will:

  • Learn about the emerging synergies of the Africa and Gulf region and how these relations could develop in the future.
  • Network with key stakeholders’ pre, during and after the Forum via our unique online & on-site networking platform.
  • Pursue new business opportunities across the region at this truly international event.
  • Take advantage of the one-on-one investor meetings with prospective business partners.
  • Seek out potential funding for various projects.
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gbf africa programme pillars 2017

The theme for GBF Africa, Next Generation Africa, is made up of three key pillars. Sessions throughout the event are linked to these pillars and focus on exploring these topics in greater detail.

  • Future Realities This pillar looks at the trends that are driving new approaches to business and development across Africa and opening up opportunities for young entrepreneurs. It consists of sessions on the transformative power and limits of technology, and the shift from external aid to African business and philanthropy.
  • Next Generation Solutions This pillar focuses on entrepreneurial solutions that attempt to leapfrog the major challenges holding back the African economy. We explore topics such as logistics, power and financial services - and discuss the innovative models being taken by tomorrow's business leaders.
  • Game Changers What is needed to unlock Africa's future? This pillar focuses on three topics: the pathway to prosperity and whether this leads through industrialisation as elsewhere in the world; the potential of governance to accelerate or hold back an entrepreneurial, technology-enabled future; and the nature and availability of funding for young entrepreneurial talent.
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