1 - 2 november 2017 madinat jumeirah, dubai

next generation africa

under the patronage of his highness sheikh mohammed bin rashid al maktoum vice president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai

gbf africa in numbers




african heads
of state


& dignitaries


investor meetings




GBF Africa provides a unique opportunity to listen to global thought leaders engage in inspirational, thought-provoking, and future-focused dialogues that shape the future of governments and business.

Speakers include: Heads of state, high ranking officials, Fortune 500 CEOs, alongside other prominent leaders in business and investment from Africa, the Gulf and across the world.

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Take part in panel discussions, country specific market spotlights, gain industry insights and be inspired by interviews with top business leaders


The Global Business Forum on Africa 2017 will build on its legacy as the pivotal destination for business, finance and government leaders to identify opportunities and develop the fast-growing ties between Africa and Dubai. This year we brainstorm the next phase of growth and development with the founders of Africa’s most innovative businesses. We will explore 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.

Our specifically tailored programme will identify countries and sectors with the best investment prospects.

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gbf africa 2017 highlights