Posted by: APO | 29 November 2007

The Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2007 will take place under the patronage of the Portuguese EU Presidency and with the support of the African Union on 5-7 December 2007, in Lisbon, Portugal


The Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2007 will take place under the patronage of the Portuguese EU Presidency and with the support of the African Union on 5-7 December 2007, in Lisbon, Portugal (versão original em inglês)

2007-11-27

Brussels, Belgium – EMRC invites entrepreneurs, financial experts, consultants, bankers, project developers, journalists and government officials to the Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2007. João Gomes Cravinho, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Portugal, will open the Africa Finance & Investment Forum.

The Forum’s three-day programme focuses on how to unlock Africa’s investment potential and will present practical solutions and business opportunities in Africa’s diverse economic sectors. During the Forum’s Gala Evening, EMRC will announce this year’s EMRC Awardees for outstanding business initiatives and achievements in Africa’s economic development. Organised under the patronage of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Forum’s focal point on Africa’s private sector development complements the political discussions at the EU-Africa Summit.

Programme:
The Africa Finance & Investment Forum addresses the question «How to unlock Africa’ investment potential». It focuses particularly on business climate and investment opportunities in Africa’s private sector. Among the speakers: Rosebud Kurwijila, Commissioner at the African Union, Ethopia Dr Gideon Gono, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Babs Adenaike, Head of Pro€Invest, Belgium Kingsley Moghalu, Head of Global Partnerships, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The programme’s focus on finance and investment opportunities in Africa’s private sector will include special sessions on PPP in spatial data infrastructure, agriculture and health. Specific attention will be given to networking opportunities during workshops and pre-organised one-to-one business meetings.

A key moment will be dedicated to the announcement of the winners of the EMRC Award 2007 for outstanding business successes and leadership in the presence of ministers, media representatives and business executives. Detailed information on the programme is available at http://www.emrc.be.

Participants:
Representatives from the public sector and business community, financial institutions, national and multilateral development agencies and government officials will join the EMRC Forum to find their business opportunities in Africa’s diverse economic development. By region, the event will gather participants from Africa (50 %), from Europe (35 %) and from the rest of the world (America, Middle East) (15 %).

Objective:
The Africa Finance and Investment Forum 2007 is aimed at presenting practical business solutions and opportunities for the development of business and investment in Africa. Participants in the various functions will enjoy maximum exposure and networking opportunities. The Forum will therefore provide a unique possibility to meet successful entrepreneurs, international finance experts and representatives from Africa’s business community.

About EMRC:
Established in 1992 in Brussels, EMRC is an international non-profit association composed of a vast network of entrepreneurs, financiers, consultants and officials coming from some 100 countries.

EMRC’s mission is to promote economic and trade relations between entrepreneurs from around the world with a specific focus on Africa’s private sector. To this end, EMRC organises business forums, targeted economic missions, publications and business development services. These activities are focused on supporting new global trends for achieving sustainability in African developing countries.


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