Africa Investment Forum 2012: “Partnering with ECOWAS to accelerate investment”

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The President of Ghana HE John Atta Mills is pleased to announce that the 10th Africa Investment Forum will be held in Accra on 3rd—4th April 2012, in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).

The Event is being organized by the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) and it will take place at the International Conference Centre, hosted by HE John Atta Mills.

Building on the last Forum held in Accra in 2010, this year’s theme “Partnering with ECOWAS to Accelerate Investment” will focus on the opportunity to access the growing regional market in a continent of one billion people.

The Forum will offer networking opportunities and the space to discuss prospects in key sectors like Agriculture, Infrastructure, Banking and Financial services, Tourism, Manufacturing, Energy, Oil and Gas.

President of the Republic of Ghana John Atta Mills Said: “Africa and its regions are showing strong economic growth with many countries achieving more than 5% per annum and a growing middle-class with rising purchasing power. The time is now ripe to build a bigger African internal market driven by new investment.

The Forum will therefore bring together business and government leaders from Africa, Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, to work towards this goal.”

Speakers will include Heads of Government, Ministers and senior officials, as well as Chairs and Chief Executives of businesses, investment funds and other industries.

John Atta Mills said: “This Forum will showcase the best investment opportunities that Africa and the ECOWAS region have to offer. The Forum presents a platform for investors and project partners to explore and discuss investment opportunities with ECOWAS Heads of State.”

The two days event will also include business round tables and plenary dealing with issues from Energy: Power Generation & Transmission; Tourism, Private Equity, Entrepreneurship & Venture capital; Manufacturing and Consumer Goods; Telecoms and Transport: Roads, Rail and Ports

The Africa Investment Forum is one of the longest standing international business events on the continent. By bringing in new international investors and partners, over the last decade, the Forum has made a practical contribution to economic development in many Commonwealth African countries.

Current speakers include:

Ewan Cameron Chief Executive Officer at Lonhro Hotels

Amrei Botha Head – SME Banking at Standard Bank (South Africa)

Anthony Sykes Deputy General Manager, Business Development at SMBC Europe Limited

Marc Whittingham President at Canadian Commercial Corporation

Jerry Parkes Managing Principal at Injaro Investments

Keith Palmer Executive Chairman at Ag Dev Company

Hamid Malik President and CEO at Global Resources

Ashish Thakkar Group Managing Director at Mara Group


  1. Enhancing Regional trade and investment: ECOWAS—COMESA—SADC This plenary will look at ways of encouraging trade and investment with and between the ECOWAS, COMESA and SADC states.
  2. Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Development. Cross border infrastructure development is a key issue in ensuring that African states can compete internationally.
  3. Plenary 3) Agribusiness and Food Security. This plenary will address issues of security of supply in the Agricultural industry, development of large scale commercial farming alongside small holder agriculture and how best to capitalize on Africa’s under-developed farming sector.

    4. SME development and Microfinance. SMEs are an important and effective means of generating employment and economic development.

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The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) was established in 1997 with a direct mandate from Heads of Commonwealth Governments to promote trade and investment amongst 54 member nations and in-crease economic linkages with non-member countries.

CBC’s goal is to achieve economic empowerment for shared global prosperity through the enhancement of private sector contribution to social and economic development.

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) is a government agency, designed to encourage, promote and facilitate investments in all sectors of the economy except mining and petroleum They are the one-stop agency that facilitates and supports local and foreign investors in both the manufac-turing and services sectors as they seek more value-creating operations, higher sustainable returns and new business opportunities.

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