The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC), in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), will organize the 10th African Investment Forum in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, on 3-4 April, PANA reported from here Monday.
The Forum will bring together business and government leaders from Africa, Europe, North America and Asia and Pacific.
In a press statement, sent to PANA by the CBC, organizers said speakers will include Heads of Government, Ministers and senior officials, as well as Chairs and Chief Executives of businesses, investment funds and other industries.
The two-day event will also feature business round tables and plenary sessions dealing with issues from Energy: Power Generation and Transmission; Tourism, Private Equity, Entrepreneurship and Venture capital; Manufacturing and Consumer Goods; Telecoms and Transport: Roads, Rail and Seas.
Building on the last Forum held in Accra in 2010, which core theme was “Accelerating intra-African Trade and Investment”, this year’s forum has as its theme – “Partnering with ECOWAS to Accelerate Investment”.
It will focus on the opportunity to access the growing regional market in a continent of one billion people.
The press statement quoted Ghana President, John Atta Mills, as saying: “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 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.”
The CBC was established in 1997 with a direct mandate from Heads of Commonwealth Governments to promote trade and investment amongst its 54 member nations and increase economic linkages with non-member countries