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The Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) is the most pragmatic annual meeting for African SMEs, investors, financiers, market specialists and policy makers.

The forum provides a 360° experience, which includes an exclusive training for entrepreneurs, a participant catalogue, a unique B2B service (for all participants, speakers and partners) and an Entrepreneurship Award to celebrate excellence.

AFIF 2017

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Nairobi, Kenya |  13 February 2017 - 16 February 2017


The 11th edition of the Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) was held at the Strathmore University in Nairobi, from 13 to 16 February 2017.

Under the title “Entrepreneurship & Innovation 4 Growth”, the AFIF 2017 gathered over 200 participants to address the complex issues of how to access finance in leading economic sectors in Africa – agriculture and agribusiness, infrastructure, energy and healthcare.

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    AFIF 2015

    AFIF 2015 focused on “Access to Finance and Entrepreneurship”, with special attention to SMEs and how to strengthen this particular sector.

    Held for the first time in Cape Town, South Africa over a three-day period (24-26 November 2015), the Forum highlighted innovative financial solutions to foster the growth of Africa’s businesses, and showcased opportunities of the African continent in the key sectors of agriculture, health, infrastructure and energy.

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    AFIF 2014

    AFIF 2014 was held in Cologne, Germany from 4-5 of June 2014. The forum was organized by EMRC International, hosted by DEG (Deutsche Investitions -
    und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH), at the DEG headquarters.

    AFIF 2014, entitled 'Financing Business Opportunities' focused on the issues facing Sub-Saharan Africa’s finance sector.

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    AFIF 2013

    The Forum, entitled "Trade for Growth and Development", was a unique occasion to showcase Africa’s many opportunities for trade and investment, and to bring together major stakeholders from all over the world. "

    AFIF 2013 was held from 13-14 June 2013 in Geneva, and was opened and chaired by Dr.Babacar Ndiaye, former two-term President of the African Development Bank.

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    AFIF 2012

    In line with the United Nations’ “International Year of Cooperatives”, AFIF 2012’s theme was entitled “Financial inclusion through SMEs & Cooperatives”. The Forum was hosted by Rabobank, and organised in collaboration with FoodFirst-Floriade from 17-19 June 2012.

    AFIF 2012 provided an ideal platform to highlight and showcase Africa’s achievements over recent years, but also its potential as an economic powerhouse in the 21st century.

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    AFIF 2011

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) and EMRC collaborated together for AFIF 2011, entitled “Bridging the ‘Missing Middle’ Gap in Africa” .

    The two-day event took place from 6-7 June 2011 prior to the AfDB’s Annual Meetings held from 9-10 June 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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    AFIF 2009

    The Africa Finance and Investment Forum 2009 took place on the 13-15 December 2009 in, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

    The Forum focused on the strategic Role of Partnerships for Growth & Development.

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    AFIF 2008

    EMRC hosted the Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2008 in Paris, from 7-9 December 2008. The forum focused on the latest investment and financing opportunities on the African continent.

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10 Editions 3250 Delegates 48 Countries 6130 B2B

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We seek to empower the spirit of entrepreneurship in Africa

  • Facilitate access to finance
  • Connect businesses horizontally and vertically
  • Create an exchange of know-how
  • Engage the relevant Public-Private dialogue
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