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Invest Africa Connect at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2019

From 4th-6th September 2019, Invest Africa was delighted to host a series of Invest Africa Connect events in Cape Town, South Africa, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa 2019. The 28th World Economic Forum on Africa aimed to tackle these issues by focusing on how to scale up the transformation of regional architecture related to smart institutions, investment, integration, industry and innovation.


All Change in Africa Webinar – The Real Cost of Political Risk

EXX Africa and Invest Africa joined together for a webinar on political risk in Africa. EXX Africa CEO Dr Robert Besseling will highlight some of the major events of 2019, including key elections, coups, unrest, and economic trends that are driving change across the continent from South Africa to Algeria. Should we expect more turbulence this year and after? What are the next regional hotspots for political violence and terrorism? Which markets and sectors are likely to offer some exciting new investment opportunities in coming years? And what is the actual cost of political risk – is it too often overstated and how can we best mitigate against commercial disruption derived from political events?


Togo-UK Investment Summit

Invest Africa were delighted to host H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President of Republic of Togo, along with a delegation of Togolese Government Ministers to hear about the investment opportunities in this country, after the recent publication of their new National Development Plan. We would like to thank His Excellency Gnassingbé for his keynote address, as well as Hon. Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister, for his contribution to the day.

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The Annual Debate 2019

At this year’s Annual Debate, we explored the theme of ‘Investing in Africa Through Global Uncertainty’. With volatility on the rise and global trade under pressure from national protectionism, Africa offers an attractive alternative to investors.With diverse speakers from 15 countries, the drive for a unified vision for Africa stood out throughout our 10 sessions. Across panels on investment, industry, energy, capital markets, technology and private equity, delegates heard from businesses leading the way on innovation and integration.

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Mining Indaba 2019 with 'Invest Africa Connect' with Ex President F.W. de Klerk

We have just completed our Sixth Annual Invest Africa Connect Mining Indaba in sunny Cape Town and we believe it has been our best one to date.  Over 500 delegates and 16 amazing speakers including Ex. President FW de Klerk, Phumzile Langeni, Tom Albanese, Akinwole Omoboriwo II and Carlos Lopes.  This was a three-day series of networking over breakfasts, lunches and cocktail receptions, with interesting discussions around investing in Africa.  We have had great feedback and we advise you to register your interest for next year when we will be back 3-6 February 2020. Invest Africa also wishes to say a special ‘thank you’ to our speakers for their contributions, and to our sponsors who included: AON, Barak Fund Management, Black Mountain, Charles Russell Speechlys, GoviEX Uranium, Jersey Finance, MUFG, Ocorian Mauritius, Pictet and PwC for your support is greatly appreciated!


Africa in 2019 The Annual Forecast with H. E. Hon Yemi Osinbajo , Vice President of Nigeria

In the context of the upcoming Nigerian election, Invest Africa and Jeune Afrique’s -The Africa Report hosted H.E. Hon Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria, to offer his insights on the year ahead. The discussion was moderated by Patrick Smith, Editor-in-Chief of The Africa Report and covered a wide range of economic, social and political opportunities and challenges facing Nigeria in 2019. With the election fast approaching, the Vice President highlighted the government’s new social investment program, reforms in healthcare and education provision, as well as the need to engage with the private sector to deliver transformative growth. The discussion was preceded by refreshments offering productive networking opportunities to the 180 of our members.


Control Risks webinar: Energy in Africa (in partnership with NABA)

As around 600 million Africans currently live without access to electricity, the need for investment into the sector is evident. Recent announcements from Eskom regarding the company’s first major battery storage project in South Africa in the hopes to boost renewable energy usage demonstrates the ever-changing landscape of the sector. However, what more does the future hold? How will governments across the continent support investments in the energy space? Are Public-Private Partnerships proving to be the way forward?  These are amongst the questions addressed in our ‘Energy in Africa’ webinar, in partnership with Control Risks and the Norwegian African Business Association. Click below to hear from Control Risks experts Tom Griffin and Gillian Parker.

Kaye Whiteman Memorial Address 2017

Kaye Whiteman Memorial Lecture

Invest Africa hosted the Kaye Whiteman lecture with keynote speaker Dr Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.


Control Risks webinar: 'Abiymania' - empty populism or positive change?

Since assuming office, Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has embarked on an ambitious programme of reforms which have included appointing Ethiopia’s first female Supreme Court President; an unprecedented cabinet reshuffle with women taking half of ministerial roles; restoring diplomatic relations with neighbouring Eritrea; negotiating with previously banned opposition groups, and promising the introduction of multiparty democracy, to name a few. In advance of our investor mission to Ethiopia (19-21 November 2018), we were delighted to partner with Control Risks, leading an exclusive pre-trip webinar briefing on 13 November. Click below to hear more about the political, operational and security developments in Ethiopia.


Evening Reception SuperReturn Africa 2018

Invest Africa Connect partnered with AXA Africa Specialty Risks, Barak Fund Management and Pictet in conjunction with SuperReturn Africa 2018. We had a wonderful evening reception located at the top of Fresnaye, Cape Town. Within a picturesque private setting, we gathered to enjoy some insightful conversations, debates, deal opportunities and networking. We also enjoyed an illuminating talk by our guest speaker Tunde Folawiyo, Chairman & CEO of the Yinka Folawiyo Group. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we are looking forward to the next IA Connect in early January.


'Invest Africa Connect' at the AfDB Marketplace Forum

We held 8 receptions in parallel with  the Africa Investment Forum – the AfDB‘s marketplace platform. The functions covered unfolding and pertinent African affairs including energy, mining, infrastructure and what it will take to create an optimal environment for increased local and foreign direct investment. Among our distinguished speakers and guests, South Africa’s Minister of State Enterprises, H.E. Pravin Gordhan, who highlighted that ‘…on the continent we need to do extraordinary things to ensure intra-regional relations are of the highest order and more collaborative. We shouldn’t expect all 54 African countries to meet the highest levels of requirements that investors are seeking. Instead, we should try to create centres of excellence, and then in ten years-time we will have far more areas that have gradually reached the expected levels.

Upcoming 'Invest Africa Connect' events

'Investing in Africa: UK Roadshow' by Afreximbank and the African Union Commission

In a context of the UK negotiating its way out of the European Union and the United Sates seemingly taking a plunge into protectionism, African nations naturally explore new ways to exchange, engage and conclude business deals with each other. To this backdrop, we formed a partnership with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the African Union Commission to host two key events, both held with the support of the UK Department for International Trade and CDC, aiming at promoting intra-African trade. The ‘Investing in Africa: Afreximbank and the African Union Commission UK Roadshow’ took place in London on Wednesday 17th October, and in Birmingham on Wednesday 19th October.


1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Preview and Evening Reception

A wonderful evening reception honouring Contemporary African Art at Somerset House on Tuesday 2nd October. We hosted our distinguished members and guests to a private preview of the world-acclaimed 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair exhibition curated by Founder and Director Touria El Glaoui. Very special thanks to our partners and supporters FBN Bank (UK) and EY. A photo selection is available here.  1-54 will run until Sunday 7th of October.
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Invest Africa Annual Summer Reception

Invest Africa welcomed 250 guests to its Summer Reception, hosted by Mishcon de ReyaIt was an evening of productive networking and there was interesting discussion about the changes in the economic and political environments across Africa, and the opportunities that these may provide for businesses and investors across the continent.


The Annual Debate 2018

The Annual Debate is the flagship event of Invest Africa and is a staple in the diary for anyone investing and operating across the Continent. The Annual Debate returned in April 2018 for its 4th edition.


Invest Africa Connect 2018

February 2018 saw the 5th Annual Invest Africa Connect hosted in partnership with The Investing in African Mining Indaba, featuring the ultimate mix of high level business meetings, deal presentations and networking conducted at a private venue.