By Rafiq Vayani
DUBAI: The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced the list of sponsors and supporting partners for the fourth Global Business Forum on Africa, which will be hosted on November 1-2 in Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, this year’s Forum bears the theme “Next Generation Africa” and has received considerable support from major companies and institutions in the UAE and abroad. The Forum lends itself across diverse topics and in-depth debates to find sustainable solutions, explore financing opportunities, encourage investment partnerships and explore growth prospects and challenges.
The list of sponsors and partners includes: Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) as gold sponsor, and Standard Bank – South Africa, Invest Africa and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photographic Award (HIPA) as supporting partners.
Dubai Media Incorporated was announced as broadcast partner, while the list of media partners includes a number of leading local, regional and international media entities.
His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of the Dubai Chamber, said: “We appreciate the great interest in the fourth edition of the Global Business Forum on Africa and the efforts our partners have exerted to ensure the success of the event. Their support is guaranteed to have a significant impact on our mission to promote Dubai as a global hub for entrepreneurship, which, in turn, further promotes the Forum as an ideal platform for exploring Africa’s future economic prospects.”
The fourth Global Business Forum on Africa, the largest event of its kind in the region, is expected to attract 1,000 top-level participants, including government and corporate decision-makers, African heads of state, ministers and dignitaries, prominent CEOs, heads of private banks, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, government officials, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.
The event is part of the Dubai Chamber’s Global Business Forum series, which focuses on Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Latin America. The series has hosted 10 heads of state, 74 ministers and dignitaries, 5,400 executives, and a host of decision makers from 65 countries to date.
Dubai Chamber is collaborating with the Economist Group to develop the content of the forum. The previous Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai attracted more than 1,000 participants, while more than 100 bilateral investment meetings were held during the event.