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The fourth Global Business Forum on Africa will be held on 1-2nd November 2017 at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.

Africa Gateway app

Africa Gateway is an app that provides analysis, insights and commercial opportunities for companies looking to invest in 10 key markets across Africa. It combines authoritative country analysis from The Economist Intelligence Unit with exclusive resources from the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on how to engage with businesses in Africa.


Global Business Forum series

The Global Business Forum Series was launched by Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2013, with the inaugural Global Business Forum on Africa held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The series was initiated as a platform to engage key leaders from various governments and multinationals to support economic development and explore new investment opportunities in emerging markets across the globe.


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Roadshows Summary

The Global Business Forum on Africa is at the core of Dubai Chamber’s commitment to expand mutual business relations, identifying opportunities for trade, investment and partnership for GCC and African businesses. To realise this aim and ensure the GBF Africa agenda for 2017 is at the forefront of business thinking in Africa, Dubai Chamber is holding a series of roadshows, travelling to strategic African regions which would benefit from using Dubai as a hub to the continent. The Roadshows involves the participation of prominent Emirati business leaders, to promote the further development of UAE – Africa economic relations.

The Roadshows will feature roundtable discussions with both the private and the public sector; networking with African Chambers of Commerce and the opportunity to learn first-hand from investors with direct market experience.


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The objective of GBF Africa is to encourage international revenue flows into Africa by engaging leading decision-makers on the global investment scene. The Forum will involve prominent African stakeholders to engage in a dialogue at the highest level of implementation, advising on key strategic directives related to Africa’s economic outlook. Our aim for 2015 is to facilitate a platform for serious business developments to be discussed turning the Dubai Forum into the place where tomorrow’s big deals are conceived and nurtured.


Who will you meet?

GBF Africa brings together a high profile audience of 1,000 top-level government and corporate decision-makers, including African heads of state, ministers and dignitaries, prominent CEOs operating globally, prominent entrepreneurs, heads of private banks, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, the UAE government and business elite, Heads of African Investment Promotion Agencies, Chief Executives representing African & multinational organisations and world-class leaders.

GBF Africa 2015 delegates included:

African Heads of State:
H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President, Republic of Mauritius

H.E. Paul Kagame President, Republic of Rwanda


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Why attend?

The Forum will address a myriad of current economic and business related issues with the objective of advising on key strategic directives related to the GBF Africa’s economic outlook. During the Forum, delegates will:

  • Learn about the emerging synergies of the Africa and Gulf region and how these relations could develop in the future
  • Network with key stakeholders’ pre, during and after the Forum via our unique online & on-site networking platform
  • Pursue new business opportunities across the region at this truly international event
  • Hear from world class speakers on the best investment opportunities
  • Identify emerging investment trends, opportunities and risks
  • Take advantage of the one-on-one meeting opportunities with prospective business partners
  • Debate a wide range of issues with a wide variety of experts and decision makers from across the globe
  • Examine the options and solutions for the most pressing challenges affecting the world's business environment
  • Seek out potential funding for various projects


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Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry was established in 1965 by a decree issued by the late Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who realised the important role that a chamber of commerce could play in supporting the national economy.


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