MAF Invest Africa Business Opportunities Meeting Dubai 2017
Connecting you to influential thought leaders and C-suite executives from around Middle East & Africa

Tuesday 12th December

Starting 6:30PM

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to an Exclusive Business Event on Tuesday 12th of December starting from 6.30pm to 10:00pm.

The agenda will be to meet like-minded decision makers who you can conduct Business Development opportunities with, as well as an interactive meeting session. Please feel free to extend this invitation to other CXO Level Management. Register and participate to access key business professionals, CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, Government officials, Exporters, Buyers and Sellers.

The UAE and in particular Dubai has a long standing history of trade and investment with Africa. The tradition of enterprise between Dubai and Africa has thrived in recent years.


The primary objective of the event series is to accelerate private sector engagement and investment within Africa, to help develop new ties and partnerships, and to highlight the African opportunity.

​"Taking part in building a better Africa is our top priority"
MAF is the African international business platform to join for those concerned with doing serious business in Africa, the world’s last investment frontier. Indeed, MAF will provide the platform needed for public and private sector to network, discuss,  share knowledge and further advance African business expansion and investment projects.

Moving Africa Forward is a platform that will bring together a wide range of the foremost political and business leaders in Africa and across the world to discuss ways of enhancing pan African international trade and investment and promoting business climate with a major focus on the role of the private sector.

Africa’s economic prospects are bright and remarkably growing. “Moving Africa Forward” presents an invaluable opportunity to explore new ways to leverage its growth potential and to engage in rich discussions, productive meetings and enlightening sessions on how to accelerate investments, Business Expansions , create more jobs and sustain development.

Who Will Attend​

Whatever your industry is, you’re invited!

Dubai is all about opportunities and meeting people. 

A hub for new business opportunities and investment ventures and home to multicultural, urban young professionals and entrepreneurs.

Whether you are looking to meet industry experts or build your network and expand your company’s business interest, we provide you the platform to network and enable start-ups to tap into the entrepreneurial community of Dubai and bridge expansion to the African markets.
The MAF Business Conference is a platform to build professional network, provide business insights and focus on supporting young entrepreneurs, innovators and SME organisations across all industries and creates a vital link for the Middle East investors and professionals to connect and expand network and business to Africa and vice versa. 
 
The platform combines business and lifestyle designed for professionals to meet interesting people, discuss ideas and build meaningful connections and business relationships. 

Get your business cards ready and start meeting people.  
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 Who should attend?
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Proprietors
  • Partners
  • Directors
  • General managers
  • Senior level management
  • Members of the international trade and logistics community
 

Topics of Discussion

MAF Africa Business Conference is a high profile business networking event that runs bi-quarterly and aims to bring together business professionals and entrepreneurs to highlight the trade and investment potential of Africa.

To highlight the business potential in Africa, the evening event aims to:

  • Highlight the African business opportunities that are opening up.
  • Connect African Businesses and UAE investors together.
  • Explore barriers to business and how to overcome them.
  • Celebrate the role of Dubai as the export gateway to African markets.
  • Highlight investment and bilateral trade opportunities.

The event will be attended by Business professionals, CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, Exporters, Buyers and Sellers. Connect with other business owners, hear inspirational stories, and learn valuable tactics you can use to grow your business in Africa.

You don’t want to miss out on this transformative event.

Facts about Africa:

The primary objective of the MAF event is to accelerate private sector engagement and investment within Africa, to help develop new ties and partnerships, and to highlight the African opportunity.

MAF Dubai 2017 is the African international business networking meeting to attend for those concerned with doing serious business in Africa, the world’s last investment frontier. Indeed, MAF Dubai 2017 will provide the platform needed for public and private sector to network, discuss, and further advance African business and trade.

Moving Africa Forward is a platform that will bring together a wide range of the foremost political and business leaders in Africa and across the world to discuss ways of​ enhancing pan African international trade and investment and promoting business climate with a major focus on the role of the private sector.

Africa’s economic prospects are bright and remarkably growing. “Moving Africa Forward” presents an invaluable opportunity to explore new ways to leverage its growth potential and to engage in rich discussions, productive meetings and enlightening sessions on how to accelerate investments, create more jobs and sustain development.
 
Africa Today:
$1.6 TRILLION
Africa’s collective DGP in 2008, roughly equal to Brazil’s or Russia’s.
$860 BILLION
Africa’s combined consumer spending in 2008.
316 MILLION
the number of new mobile phone subscribers signed up in Africa since 2000.
60%
Africa’s share of the world’s total amount of uncultivated, arable land.
52
the number of African cities with more than 1 million people each.
20
the number of African companies with revenues of at least $3 billion.
Africa Tommorrow:​
$2.6 TRILLION
Africa’s collective GDP in 2020.
$1.4 TRILLION
Africa’s consumer spending in 2020.
1.1 BILLION
the number of Africans of working age in 2040.
128 MILLION
the number of African households with disdretionary income in 2020.
50%
the portion of Africans living in cities by 2030.
Why You Have to be At The Event?​​​
Everyone with an interest in existing or developing business in East Africa will be there. Visiting the  event will enable you & your company to:

  • Be part of the most prestigious private networking & knowledge sharing event in Dubai.
  • Engage with all the people who matter to your business under one roof.
  • Meet new and existing companies and gain valuable sales leads.
  • Meet face-to-face with high profile government and business decision-makers.
  • Hold honest discussions on and debate the challenges faced regarding doing business in Africa.
  • Gain an insight into current and future developments in Africa.
  • Understand the role of UAE as a gateway to Africa, including through the COMESA region.
Current GCC investment in Africa:

  
TELECOMS: UAE’s Etisalat has investments in Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and a slew of other countries in West and sub-Saharan Africa.

REAL ESTATE:  Emaar Properties’ Eagle Hills division is drawing up plans for Century City, a 12.6 sq km extension to Nigeria’s capital city Abuja, as well as La Marina Morocco. Dubai’s Al Futtaim Group acquired 100 percent of Kenyan automotive distributor CMC Holdings for $73m.


FINANCE: Qatar is advising several African governments on the establishment of free zones modelled on Qatar Financial Centre. Among them is Kenya, with whom Qatar signed a memorandum of understanding in April to help create Nairobi International Financial Centre (NIFC).


HOSPITALITY: UAE’s Albwardy Investments, which owns Spinneys supermarket, has hotels such as the Bilila Lodge in Serengeti, Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam and Melia Zanzibar; Prince Alwaleed’s Kingdom Holdings has a portfolio including the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, 75 percent of which it sold in September for $18m. The Aga Khan Foundation owns a stake in the Serena Group, a large East African hotels company, while the Kharafi Group owns hotels in Gambia and South Africa. 


BANKING:  Islamic banks to plug infrastructure deficits and this is perceived as a nascent opportunity for the Gulf. The Africa Finance Corporation in August secured $50m in financing from Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Development Bank for infrastructure projects; Dubai Islamic Bank is eyeing possible investments in Africa, and the Qataris are understood to be advising Kenya on the sukuk it plans to issue next year, as well as other governments.

LOGISTICS: UAE's DP World invested more than 1 billion USD to develope ports in Africa including ports in Egypt, Djibouti and Somaliland. 

HEALTHCARE: Dubai based Abraj Capital invested hundred millions of dollars in Hospitals across Africa including in Nigeria and Kenya.
  

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Gate Village, Difc, off Sheikh Zayed Road- DIFC, Dubai.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
 
Telephone:
+971 55 376 4899
E-Mail:
events@movingafricaforward.net
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