The European Business Council for Africa

Founded in 2012 by the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC), Africa Works! is a thematic bi-annual conference organized to position, promote and market the African continent as a valuable trade and investment destination. A visit to Africa Works! will inform, inspire, and connect the Dutch private sector with myriad companies and government representatives from Africa. Previous editions of Africa Works! attracted 400 to 500 visitors on each conference day. The 2016 edition of Africa Works! was addressed by Klaas Knot, President of the Dutch Central Bank while the 2012 edition was visited by Queen Maxima of The Netherlands.

This year, NABC’s flagship event will feature the theme of Future African Cities. The first day wil be dedicated to ‘Building Future African cities’ while day 2 is dedicated to ‘Powering Future African cities.’

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It is my pleasure to inform you of one of NABC's major annual conferences: the Francophone Africa Business Forum (FAB Forum), which will take place on June 19th in Madurodam, The Hague. 

What is the FAB Forum? 

The FAB Forum is the only existing business and knowledge-sharing platform focusing on trade and investment in Francophone Africa. The forum has a full-day programme including a plenary session with panel discussions; workshops; matchmaking; a company/country exhibition and a networking reception. Each year, the forum is visited by a large delegation from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, as well as several other Francophone African countries (such as Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Benin and Tunisia). More than 200 companies from the Netherlands and the rest of Europe attend the event. French-English translation is provided throughout the day. More information can be found on the FAB Forum website

Theme 2018: Creating Partnerships in Agribusiness

This year's 4th edition of the FAB Forum has the theme of 'creating partnerships in agribusiness'. Special focus will be put on the following sectors: livestock (poultry, meat, dairy, animal feed), fruit and vegetables (production, seeds, fertilizer) and agrologistics (transport, export, packaging, conservation). Besides large companies and SMEs, the forum also attracts government representatives, knowledge institutes and start-ups. 

Partnerships

There are several opportunities to highlight your company or organization during the event. For example by hosting a workshop, setting up a company stand, or becoming a strategic event sponsor. You can contact Maloe de Reuver (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information about partnerships.

We would like to inform you that the ‘Invest in Ethiopia Forum’ shall not take place on April 4th. We regret any inconveniences caused. The current fluid political situation in Ethiopia has led to questions from some of our longstanding partners about whether it is now the right timing to hold such an event. 

NABC and the Ethiopian embassy in Brussels have therefore decided to push back the event and organize it at a later date. Anyone who has already paid the entrance fee shall be reimbursed.

Representatives from the Industrial parks will explain the benefits of setting up a business in the park, which include tax holidays, affordable electricity, reasonable labour costs and a one-stop shop for everything the foreign companies need. Large international fashion brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein nowadays have apparel factories on such industrial parks. Dutch investors and financial institutions, like the Dutch Good Growth Fund, RVO, FMO, ING and Rabobank, will be present to tackle the component of access to finance and we hear from Dutch companies, that are active in Ethiopia, themselves.

Priority sectors of this event are:

- Textile and Garments

- Agro Processing (Dairy, Poultry, Horticulture, food)

Mid/High-level companies, interesested in setting up a business in an Industrial Park are warmly welcomed. NABC’s Arne Doornebal visited the Hawassa Industrial Park in 2017 and wrote this article about it in NABC Magazine.

Registration & Programme 

The German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein) invites you cordially to the

12th German-African Energy Forum

"Africa's Sustainable Energy Future"

24 & 25 April 2018 at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

In 2018, we will focus on the increasing role of renewable energies in the African continent's electricity supply and how Africa can make its energy future more sustainable.

Program highlights are

• Energy systems and system management
• Renewable energies: Wind, solar and hydro power, biomass and biogas
• National and international initiatives in the energy sector
• Mini-grid and off-grid solutions for industry and rural areas

The program overview can be found HERE.

We offer a variety of attractive advertising options and create with pleasure an individual sponsorship package for you. Please contact us at any time personally!

The German-African Energy Forum is the most important plattform for the European-African energy business in Germany. Since 2006 the forum has attracted almost 4.000 participants and delegates from 52 African countries.

On Thursday, April 26 we additionally offer a guided-tour to the Hannover Messe, the world's largest industrial fair. Included in the fee is the bus transfer from Hamburg to the Hanover Fair. Please let us know whether you wish to attend when registering for the conference.