Participants at the first Germany-Africa Business Forum (GABF) in Berlin, March 2017. The Munich event on 28 November will beam the spotlight on opportunities in Ghana and Ethiopia for Bavarian investors / Photo: GABF

Business conference to market Ghana and Ethiopia to Bavarian Investors

Investment potential in the African nations of Ghana and Ethiopia will be key focal points during the Germany African Business Forum, to be held on 28 November in Munich. Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister for Business Development for Ghana, and H.E. Dr. Mebrahtu Meles, State Minister for Industry of Ethiopia, will be delivering key presentations to attending investors at the event, which is hosted by UniCredit with the support of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology.

There is a strong rationale for pairing the economies of Ghana and Ethiopia with Bavarian companies. Financial technology, agritech, food security and manufacturing will be main themes discussed during the Munich conference. Both countries are representative of maco-economic trends occurring on the continent.

Key speakers at the conference will include Franz Josef Pschierer, State Secretary of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology; Chris Ogbechie, Chairman of Diamond Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions; Amadou Daffe, Co-Founder and CEO of Gebeya Inc.; Munir Duri, Founder and CEO of Kifiya Financial Technology Plc; Richard Steck, Senior Vice President Food Processing & Packaging at GEA Group and Dr. Norbert Völker, Project Director at German Engineering Association (VDMA).

Panel discussions will delve into some of the biggest hurdles and opportunities in the African technology and innovation sector today, including how technology is influencing the financial sector and Africa’s rapid adaptation to Fintech; Africa’s growing issue of food security and how agro-technology and German innovations can improve market access to food across the continent; as well as how new innovations are driving growth in Africa’s fast-changing market and the role German engineering and manufacturing can play on the continent.

To be held at HVB Tower, the conference will also feature several networking opportunities, including coffee breaks, lunch and a networking cocktail hosted by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology at the prestigious Munich Residenz.

Victorine Bokengo

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