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High-Level African Delegations Descend on Dubai for GBF Africa 2021

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The Global Business Forum (GBF) Africa 2021 kicks off tomorrow with heads of state, more than 45 ministers, high-ranking government officials and prominent influential business leaders from Africa and the UAE converging on Dubai for the event’s sixth edition.

Bearing the theme Transformation Through Trade, the high-level event is being 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 forum, hosted at Dubai Exhibition Centre and organised by Dubai Chamber in partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai, aims to build bridges between UAE and African business communities and explore untapped trade and investment potential.

A number of heads of state and government officials are taking part in the forum, including H.E. Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, H.E. Dr C.G.D.N. Chiwenga, Vice President of Zimbabwe, while the Chief Minister of Jersey and ministers from Ghana, Angola, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Liberia, along with ministers from Kenya, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles, Congo, Mauritania, Sudan and the Kingdom of Lesotho will also join the event.

H.E. Felix Tshisekedi, President of Congo, joins H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, in a session on day one that explores how Emirati firms can help drive sustainable growth in Congo – one of Africa’s largest and most populous states – and catalyse regional integration through infrastructure, investment and trade.

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World will headline a session exploring partnerships between the two countries and the broader lessons for trade, integration, and entrepreneurship in Africa.

The two-day forum will open with a welcome address by His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber, underlining the crucial role of cross-border cooperation in discovering new business opportunities in Africa – home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

H.E. Buamim reaffirmed Dubai Chamber’s commitment to building strategic partnerships with the key players in the African business ecosystem, and encouraging and supporting local and national companies to invest in African markets.

Sessions on the first day of the forum will address key trends and issues reshaping African economies at the moment, including the role of regional and international partnerships, such as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), in reshaping the trade and investment landscapes and driving sustainable growth, capital as a factor driving innovation, and prospects for expanding UAE-Africa economic cooperation.

On the second day of the forum, conversations will shift to Dubai as a model for logistics, infrastructure development and smart city solutions that can be replicated in African markets, in addition to the growing momentum behind African entrepreneurs, smart agriculture, and digital economy initiatives.

GBF Africa will offer businessmen and investors valuable insights and up-to-date information on a plethora of promising investment opportunities. The forum aims to facilitate cooperation between business communities in Africa and the UAE and help African companies benefit from Dubai’s experience in building an integrated digital economy rooted in cutting-edge technologies.

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