, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 4 – Equity Bank CEO James Mwangi and Haco Tiger Brands Chairman Chris Kirubi are due to make keynote addresses at the Africa Global Business Forum slated for May 1-2 in Dubai.
Konza City chairman John Ngumi will also speak at the event organized by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in co-operation with the COMESA Regional Investment Agency (RIA).
Over 2,000 policy-makers and global business leaders from Africa, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Asia and Europe and beyond will discuss current challenges and business opportunities in finance, agribusiness, logistics, and trade across the economic blocs including COMESA, the East African Community (EAC), the South African Development Community (SADC) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The forum which will run under the theme ‘Bridging the Continent to the World’ is aimed at exploring investment opportunities while highlighting the strategic role of Dubai as a hub for connecting to Africa.
Director General, Dubai Chamber Hamad Buamim, said the event is expected to attract global business leaders with current and potential investments in Africa while highlighting the role of Dubai as an international hub for business in and out of COMESA and Africa.
Buamim further stressed that Dubai recognises Africa as an important emerging market and would like to capitalise on the opportunities presented for bilateral investment and trade.
“The promising markets of Africa are our priority and Dubai Chamber’s focus on the African continent will support the competitiveness of Dubai’s business community in the overseas markets,” he said.
The forum also offers a unique opportunity to participate in interactive discussion sessions with eminent speakers while allowing participants to meet leading business leaders from Dubai and the African continent to discuss joint cooperation in the areas of trade and financial services, logistics, tourism and marketing of agricultural products.
The forum will highlight the growing profile of the continent as an attractive destination for investment and its diversifying economies which offer an immense scope for bilateral investment and trade making it a lucrative and important business destination.
Home to seven of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world and with a population of over 1 billion people, a combined GDP of close to $2trillion, Africa’s economic growth in recent years has made it a region of international focus.