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6-7 June 2017
Paris, France

“Bridging Divides” is the theme of the OECD Forum. Being part of the discussions and sharing ideas on some of the big social, economic and environmental challenges of our time will be participants from governments, businesses, trade unions, civil society, academia and the general public.

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The SWIFT African Regional Conference
16-18 May 2017
Abidjan, Ivory Coast

SWIFT (the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) is a member-owned cooperative and global provider of secure financial messaging services. We connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to communicate securely and exchange standardised financial messages in a reliable way.

The SWIFT African Regional Conference is an annual event which brings together more than 500 high level financial representatives from across 45 countries to discuss key financial and other trends from across the African continent.

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Past partner events

OECD - The 2017 Global Forum On Development
5 April 2017
Paris, France

Participants at this year’s OECD Global Forum on Development will take stock of existing initiatives to catalyse the power of the private sector in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals, explore new avenues of partnerships to mobilise the necessary resources and understand how the OECD can help.

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FT Africa Payments Innovation Summit
29 March 2017
Nairobi, Kenya

As Africa's regional payments systems continue to develop, The Financial Times is delighted to be holding the inaugural Africa Payments Innovation summit which will aim to find out how the industry is driving innovation; discover how interoperability and security challenges are being addressed; discuss the ways in which regulators are working to create an enabling environment for innovative payments; and learn how the technology is making a real difference to the lives of rural and city dwellers alike.

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Leaders in Africa's Oil & Gas Summit
22 October
London, UK

TEXEM presents the UK’s only oil and gas summit on Africa that convenes distinguished speakers and delegates from the entire oil and gas value chain on 22nd October 2015, Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London,W8 4PT. The Summit will commence with a welcome dinner at the prestigious Institute of Directors on 21st of October 2015 and is free for the next 50 delegates.

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Going Global
13-14 May 2015 | London

Going Global is Europe’s leading show for businesses looking to expand internationally, export products or set up overseas operations. The show consists of a comprehensive list of world-renowned suppliers and a content rich programme with a focus on BRICs markets, MINT Economies, CEE (Emerging Europe), Africa, the retail sector and the manufacturing sector. Visitors can gain this unmissable insight for absolutely free on 13-14 May at the ExCeL, London. 

Register for your free tickets here

Africa Business Conference
27th February - 1st March 2015 | Boston

The Africa Business Conference, held on the Harvard Business School campus, is one of the world’s largest student-run event focused on business in Africa. The 2015 edition will have close to 1,500 participants in attendance, marking the seventeenth anniversary for the conference.

“This year’s theme ‘A More Inclusive Africa: the Pursuit of Progress for All’ is very meaningful to us,” write conference co-chairs Nneka Ezeigwe and Leo Markel. “While the story of Africa’s stellar growth has been amply celebrated in recent years, we believe opportunities to make it more inclusive and generate sustainable progress for all is the next chapter of Africa’s story.”

Register at www.africabusinessconference.com

The 22nd Wharton Africa Business Forum
The Inflection Point: What is Africa’s Onward Growth Model? 
7-8 November 2014 | Philadelphia

Africa has experienced rapid growth over the last few decades. Hear the debate - what is Africa's onward growth model? This year’s conference aims to help participants recognize new innovations, which can help the continent continue to prosper.

For more information click here.

Infrastructure Africa Business Forum
21-22 July 2014 |  Johannesburg, South Africa

The 2014 Infrastructure Africa Business Forum brings Africa’s most senior business leaders, policy makers, regulators and media to advance and champion delivery of Africa’s critical infrastructure requirements. The level of economic growth achieved in Africa in recent years has led to an expansion of industry, commerce and per capita income, which has fuelled the demand for infrastructure services across all sectors. Key sectors featured at the event: Energy I Transport I Water I Agriculture I ICT & Telecommunications ǀ Finance

Africa Rising 
29th - 30th  May | Maputo, Mozambique

The Africa Rising conference will be held May 29-30, in Maputo. This high-level conference convened by the Government of Mozambique and the IMF will take stock of Africa’s economic performance, its increased resilience to shocks, and the key ongoing economic policy challenges. The event is a follow up to the 2009 Tanzania Conference, which galvanized international support for Africa after the 2008 financial crisis. The conference will bring together policymakers from Africa and beyond, the private sector, civil society and academics.


To find out more and register to attend visit www.africarising.com/register now.

11th Annual AVCA Conference
Private Capital: A Catalyst for Change
Industry gathering on private equity and venture capital in Africa 
1 – 2 April 2014 | InterContinental Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria

The annual AVCA Conference is the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association’s flagship event, providing the industry with an important platform to discuss the most pertinent issues of the year, as well as an invaluable networking opportunity.

For live conference updates, follow us, @AVCA_Africa and register at www.avcaconference.com

The 5th EU-Africa Business Forum
31st March – 1st April 2014 | Brussels, Belgium

The 5th EU-Africa Business Forum will be held from 31st March – 1st April 2014, during a crucial time in the relations between Europe and Africa.

This landmark forum is being hosted on the occasion of the IVth Africa-EU Summit by the EU Commission Vice-President, Antonio Tajani together with Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and Commissioner Karel de Gucht.

Go to - http://www.euafrica-businessforum.eu/ for more


Investing in Lekki Free Zone
30 October 2013 | Four Seasons Park Lane | London

FT Live and fDi Magazine, in association with Lekki Free Zone Development Company (LFZDC), are pleased to present the ‘Investing in Lekki Free Zone’ summit in London.This summit will provide an in-depth look at how Nigeria’s economy is being stimulated by free zones, its growth plans, the sectors being served by Nigeria'a free zones, and efforts to promote security and stability.



3rd Annual Private Equity in Emerging Markets 2013
Tuesday 15th October
Intercontinental Park Lane, London W1

Join us at this one day event to assess the latest trends in the emerging markets private equity space, to identify the most pressing challenges to solid performance, to benchmark industry progress since we last convened 12 months ago, and to analyse the latest investment flows, evaluating which regions show the greatest potential for investment returns.



Business in Africa conference

June 15, 2013
Cambridge, England 

Africa: Converting Opportunity into Success - On 15 June 2013, join leading African experts and professionals for the Cambridge African Business Network’s annual Business in Africa conference at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

Keynote speakers include Phuthuma Nhleko, former CEO of MTN Group, and Ashish Thakkar, CEO of Mara Group.

To find out more visit www.africanetwork.jbs.cam.ac.uk/2013-conference


Agribusiness in Africa conference

June 4, 2013
Nairobi, Kenya 

IFC’s Sustainable Business Advisory in Africa program presents the Agribusiness in Africa conference, starting in Nairobi on June 4, 2013. The event will bring together the private sector, donors, civil society and financial institutions to discuss how to support smallholder farmers and address climate change in Africa. Food security will also be front and center of the conference, with panels that explore how to invest sustainable supply in Africa. IFC is pleased to announce This is Africa, a publication of the Financial Times, as its media partner for the event.


Redefining Africa
The Emergence of a New African Story

15-17 February, 2013
Harvard Business School, Boston

The Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Africa Business Conference to be held from February 15-17th, 2013.

This year’s theme, “Redefining Africa: The Emergence of a New African Story” is in recognition of the fact that as Africa evolves, so too must the world’s perception of her. We invite you to join us as we celebrate Africa's successes - and deliberate on how we can actively improve on our past.

For more details, please visit www.hbsafricaconference.com.


19th Annual Investing in African Mining Indaba

4-7 February, 2013
Cape Town, South Africa

Investing in African Mining Indaba is the world's largest mining investment event and Africa's largest mining event. For more than 18 years, the Annual Mining Indaba has channeled billions of dollars towards Africa's mining opportunities, from small diamond deposits to mega coal projects.

Mining Indaba has become the platform of choice for governments, mining companies, and investors and analysts to break market sensitive information.

Visit www.MiningIndaba.com for full details.


Business After Conflict
Investing in the new Africa

Wednesday 28 November, 2012
Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

This is Africa, in partnership with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will unite policy makers, investment agencies and business leaders to explore the opportunities and challenges of investing in Africa’s post-conflict states.

Invaluable networking opportunities are available for businesses from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Join us to discover the investment potential of the new Africa.

For more information, click here.


Africa Energy Forum 2012

26-28 June, 2012
Berlin, Germany

Now in its 14th year, the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) is the established meeting place for the African power sector. AEF unites government and power utilities of Africa with the energy industry to focus on delivering power infrastructure projects in Africa. With massive demand for power in Africa, this is the established event that African governments and private sector attend year on year.

For more information, click here.


African Development Bank (AfDB)
Africa and the Emerging Global Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities 

28 May-1st June, 2012
Arusha, Tanzania

AfDB will address the different issues in four High Level Seminars and a High Level Debate, attended by some of the most distinguished and finest thinkers on the African economy, African society and the African political landscape.

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Power Indaba Summit 2012

21-24 May, 2012
Johannesburg, South Africa

We are excited to announce that Africa’s premier power investment event, Power Indaba, will be joining forces with Africa’s largest power, water and waste management utility conference and exhibition, African Utility Week 2012, expecting 5000 attendees and boasting a technology exhibition of over 300 stands.
For more information, click here.


World Economic Forum on Africa 2012
Shaping Africa's Transformation 

9-11 May 2012
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia is the second most populous country in sub-Saharan Africa and a prime example of the continent’s fast-growing economies. Home to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa will offer an exceptional opportunity to bring together global and pan-African leaders to shape the region’s transformation.
For more information, click here.

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