The African continent has been witnessing a steady and commendable rise in local and foreign investment figures in recent years as global investors have become alive to the boundless investment opportunities that are prevalent on African soil.
According to the 2019 United Nations Conference on Trade And Development (UNCTAD) World Investment Report, Africa escaped a slump in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as inflows to the continent significantly rose to US46 billion in 2018 which was an 11 percent increase from the 2018 figures.
Foreign investment is a vital cog to the survival of a state as it is an indispensable constituent capable of stimulating and enhancing economic growth in a country.
Investments events are one of the many platforms that can be utilized to strike investment deals through networking and interacting with leading investors and other potential partners.
Though not exhaustive, the following investment guide attempts to cover events from a broader economic perspective ranging from agriculture, tourism, mining and various other primary, secondary and tertiary industries.
World Travel Market Africa (6 – 8 April)
The World Travel Market Africa will be hosted by South Africa at the prestigious Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town and will run from the 6th to the 8th of April 2020.
This event’s whose major thrust is on promoting the African tourism industry is the only tourism investment event that allows participants to simultaneously generate lead sales, launch new products, enter new markets, raise brand awareness, conduct market research, command press attention and develop and maintain relationships.
TXF Africa (28 – 29 April)
The TXF Africa investment forum is returning for the fifth year running in 2020.
This year, the forum moves to the West African nation of Cote D’lvoire (Ivory Coast) at the Sofitel hotel in Abidjan and will be held from the 28th to the 29th of April.
The two day event will bring together a senior delegation of African borrowers, government and exporters as well as international lenders, law firms, insurers, Micro Finance Institutions and Development Finance Institutions.
While the TXF Africa is not industry specific, in 2020, its discussions and exhibitions will however be skewed on the need to electrify rural Africa and to improve the continent’s rail and road infrastructure.
The powerful delegation of speakers at the event includes Tewolde Gebremariam, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Atsuko Toda, Director for Agriculture Finance and Rural Development at the African Development Bank (AFDB) and Seth Terkper, the former Ghanaian finance minister.
AFSIC (5 – 7 May 2020)
The annual AFSIC investment forum for Africa has again been slated for London at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge and will run from 5-7 May 2020.
This investment forum does not focus on any single industry; rather, African countries will send their key business leaders to gain insight, network and sell what their countries have to offer to those willing to inject capital.
Individuals are free to participate in the forum by registering their seats.
The beauty of AFSIC lies in the fact that it is not industry specific hence any country or individual can ‘sell’ whatever they deem necessary.
Africa’s Travel Indaba (11 – 14 May 2020)
Those looking to share their immense natural and man-made beauty with the world and those looking to invest in tourism can find a great opportunity to do so if they attend the annual Africa’s Travel Indaba which is making a return in 2020.
Africa’s Travel Indaba is owned by South African Tourism and it’s organized by Synergy Business Events.
Attendees at the Africa’s Travel Indaba will be able to showcase the wide variety of Africa’s best tourism products with the world at the same time attracting international buyers and the media.
The Indaba is going to be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre at the Durban Exhibition Centre in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
While the Indaba is open to all buyers interested in the tourism sector, its main focus is on those looking to invest as inbound tour operators, foreign travel agents, airlines, DMC’s, online booking companies as well as transport operators.
Exhibitors are categorized into two that is, indoor exhibitors and outdoor exhibitors. Indoor exhibitors come in the form of media practitioners, online travel, hidden gems, transport (within tourist resorts), tour operators and accommodation owners. Outdoor exhibitors include camping and safari companies as well as transport operators.
ICEF Africa (20 – 22 May)
The annual ICEF Africa whose main focus is the education industry will in 2020 run from 20 to 22 May in Cape Town, South Africa.
This event attracts international educators and quality student recruitment agents from all around Africa.
ICEF carefully selects and vets quality student recruitment agents from all over Africa; afterwards, it will link them with international educators namely universities, vocational schools, boarding schools, and language schools.
The recruitment agents can also exhibit products or services that they intend to sell to international students via education institutions or education agents. Around 241 participants drawn from 181 organizations in 43 countries are expected to attend.