By: Mfonobong Nsehe,U.S magazine of Forbes
The 2018 Business for Africa forum kicks off in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt today. This year’s event will feature three programmes: events focusing on issues such as Infrastructure, Finance and Energy; a Young Entrepreneurs Day; and a high-powered meeting of influential African women who will discuss Women Empowering Africa. It will conclude with a Gala Dinner recognizing some outstanding African women and also celebrating Africa’s creative industries.
The two-day event will also feature a Presidential panel and high-level discussions. As Egypt looks to take over the chair of the African Union in 2019, President Abel Fattah Al Sisi will host two Roundtable discussions to help shape the African sector private sector agenda for the upcoming year as well as look to strengthen cross-border collaboration and investments. At least 5 African Heads of State and Government are attending the event, including President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt, Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, Faure Gnassingbé of Togo, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, and Paul Kagame of Rwanda among others.
Some of the African business leaders expected to speak at the event include Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, Algeria’s richest man Issad Rebrab, Malagasy tycoon Ylias Akbaraly and Nigerian cement mogul Abdulsamad Rabiu.
Now in its third year, the 2018 Business for Africa forum is a platform for business owners to nurture new partnerships and meet investors. The forum will provide business owners with an opportunity to engage with African political leaders and policy makers on new ideas to improve business environment across the continent. There will also be a series of events for entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses to investors from within and outside Africa. More than 1,500 delegates from more than 40 countries are expected to attend the event.
The event is organized by Egypt’s Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation and by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Regional Investment Agency (RIA).
The Africa 2018 Business Forum will under the high patronage of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on 8th and 9th of December 2018 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and is organized by the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation of Egypt and the COMESA Regional Investment Agency (RIA).