The 2018 edition of Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS) is scheduled to be held on June 24-26, 2018 in Washington D.C. ATIGS is a unique high-level conference and trade show, prestigious, biennial business platform designed specifically to promote and facilitate international trade and foreign direct investment in Africa, with attendance projection of over 2,000 participants from more than 70 countries for a three day of networking, markets knowledge sharing, marketing & matchmaking, B2B, G2B, G2G meetings & deal making.
The event will see the participation of more than 150 speakers, over 160 exhibitors, high-level government delegations, project developers, business leaders, trade promotional organizations (TPOs) and investment promotion agencies (IPAs) from various African countries, and over 350 global investors including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity and asset management firms.
Unlike most talk-shop conferences focused on Africa, ATIGS moves beyond that instead focus on providing first hand face-to-face access to African markets at a one-stop shop by featuring African countries pavilions inside hall one representative companies sourcing for international partners & investments, and government agencies (TPO’s & IPA’s) showcasing the wide range of trade and investment opportunities that are available in their respective countries to connect with companies worldwide looking to expand or establish their business operations in Africa, and global investors with interests in Africa. There will also be Middle East, Europe, U.S.A, Canada, and Asia exhibition/pavilions representing companies & government agencies with interests to engage with Africa.
ATIGS 2018 will consist of 13 co-located events under the umbrella of World Business Week on Africa powered by Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit. The 13 side-events are, Sustainable Agriculture Forum: Africa, Construction and Infrastructure Forum: Africa, Electrify Africa Forum, US-Africa Manufacturing Forum, EU-Africa International Business Congress, Africa-China Economic Forum, UAE-Africa Business Forum, The Forum for Africa Economic Development, Africa Smart Cities Forum, Sustainable Educational Development Forum: Africa, and Consumer Technology Forum.
There will also be an ATIGS Awards ceremony on June 26, 2018 which is a unique high-level celebration and dinner to honor TPOs and IPAs from various African regions for their outstanding work in successfully attracting the best investment or best international trade projects in their regions.
ATIGS 2018’s theme is “Driving Trade, Unleashing Investment and Enhancing Economic Development”. The theme of ATIGS is aligned with two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): (SDG 17 & SDG 8) and “The Gateway to African Markets” as ATIGS 2018’s sub-theme. ATIGS 2018 is designed to contribute to AGOA, Trade Africa, World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), SDGs Agenda 2030 and AU Agenda 2063 by enabling companies all around the world and global investors to access African markets at a one-stop shop, and facilitating international trade and investment partners.
Economic growth in Africa continue to increase. As such, Africa remains firmly on the radar of major investors and international trade, as African markets hold many untapped opportunities for investors, exporters and companies – and ATIGS provides a business platform to capitalize on them.
ATIGS 2018 is shaping up to be an exceptional show, with exciting features, and programme covering key economic sectors particularly manufacturing, agribusiness, power, construction, transportation, IT, tourism, telecoms, finance, retail, health, and natural resources sectors. Agenda items will include a series of keynotes, exhibition, dedicated networking sessions, country & sector focus roundtables, sightseeing tours, investors’ zone, ministerial roundtable, trade experts zone, red carpet treatment, and others.
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