Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2014

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About the Africa Finance & Investment Forum

"...This year’s AFIF was one of the best networking events I have attended this year. In my coverage of the Africa Debt Capital Markets, it was much more useful than most of the events I attend which often feature the same speakers making the same presentations to the same audience each and every time... The refreshing thing about AFIF2013 was how it placed entrepreneurs in the SME sector in Africa at the core of the event. I look forward to AFIF2014.”
John Foster, Mergermarket Group (Financial Times) - AFIF2013 Moderator

The Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) is an annual business networking event organized in the framework of EMRC international’s activities, aimed at strengthening the private sector in Africa, encouraging entrepreneurship and attracting investment in the African continent.  The 2014 edition of AFIF was hosted by and organized in collaboration with DEG - Deutsche Investitions - und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH and took place for the first time in Germany from 4-5 June 2014 at the DEG headquarters (Cologne). The Forum was preceded by a two day training on "Sources of Funding” (2-3 June 2014).



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AFIF 2014 Features

  • Pre-Forum Training 2-3 June 2014 (2 days) for 50/60 participants divided in 3 linguistic groups (ENG-FR-PT) 
  • Conference 4-5 June 2014 (2 days) with presentations and panel discussions
  • Pre-arranged B2B meetings: The B2B meetings are a platform for participants to forge partnerships.  
  • Networking activities: Networking lunches & Gala/ Networking Dinner / Icebreaking events 
  • EMRC Project Incubator Award – an EMRC initiative aimed to encourage entrepreneurship in Africa. 

  • Forum Participants

  • International Financial institutions, Development Financial Institutions
  • Commercial banks, MFIs and other Financing Institutions
  • Insurance & Guarantee Funds
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Development institutions, Foundations & NGOs
  • Entrepreneurs and project developers from the industry, agriculture and service sectors
  • Multinationals investing or willing to invest in Africa
  • Research institutes, government officials, public sector representatives
  • Chambers of commerce, trade associations

  • About DEG - AFIF 2014 Host 
    Founded in 1962 by the first German Minister for Development, Walter Scheel, and the former Minister-President of the German state "Schleswig-Holstein", Kai Uwe v. Hassel, DEG has been working for more than 50 years on improving the living conditions of the people in its partner countries. In order to do so we advise private companies and finance promising private sector investments. We do this almost entirely with DEG's own funds rather than funds of the Federal Government.

    DEG invests in profitable projects that contribute to sustainable development in all sectors of the economy, from agriculture to infrastructure and manufacturing to services. We also focus on investments in the financial sector in order to facilitate reliable access to capital locally. To date, we have worked together with more than 1,700 companies. With its new commitments of about 1.3 billion euros in 2012, DEG contributes to facilitating entrepreneurial investments with a total volume of around 12 billion euros.
    Past editions

    Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2013
    Trade for Growth and Development
    13-14 June 2013 - Geneva, Switzerland

    Africa Finance &Investment Forum 2012
    Financial inclusion through SMEs &Cooperatives
    17-19 June 2012 - Utrecht, The Netherlands

    AfDB-EMRC SME Forum in conjunction with
    Africa Finance &Investment Forum 2011

    Bridging the Missing Middle Gap in Africa
    6-7 June 2012 - Lisbon, Portugal

    Africa Finance &Investment Forum 2009
    Partnerships for Growth &Development
    13-15 December 2009 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands