Ghana to host Africa Investment Forum 2012

Atta Mills: It will showcase best investment opportunities in Africa

The 10th Africa Investment Forum will be held in Accra, Ghana on 3rd and 4th April 2012. The event which is being organized by the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC), in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), will take place at the International Conference Centre.

President of Ghana John Atta Mills

It will be hosted by the President of Ghana John Atta Mills.

Building on the last Forum held in Accra in 2010, this year’s theme “Partnering with ECOWAS to Accelerate Investment” will focus on the opportunity to access the growing regional market in a continent of one billion people.

The Forum will offer networking opportunities and the space to discuss prospects in key sectors like Agriculture, Infrastructure, Banking and Financial services, Tourism, Manufacturing, Energy, Oil and Gas.

“Africa and its regions are showing strong economic growth with many countries achieving more than 5% per annum and a growing middle-class with rising purchasing power,” said President Atta Mills. “The time is now ripe to build a bigger African internal market driven by new investment. The Forum will therefore bring together business and government leaders from Africa, Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, to work towards this goal.”

Speakers will include Heads of Government, Ministers and senior officials, as well as Chairs and Chief Executives of businesses, investment funds and other industries.  

Some of the speakers so far confirmed are: Ewan Cameron, Chief Executive Officer at Lonhro Hotels; Amrei Botha Head – SME Banking at Standard Bank (South Africa); Anthony Sykes, Deputy General Manager, Business Development at SMBC Europe Limited; Marc Whittingham, President at Canadian Commercial Corporation; Jerry Parkes, Managing Principal at Injaro Investments; Keith Palmer, Executive Chairman at Ag Dev Company; Hamid Malik, President and CEO at Global Resources; and Ashish Thakkar, Group Managing Director at Mara Group.

“This Forum will showcase the best investment opportunities that Africa and the ECOWAS region have to offer. The Forum presents a platform for investors and project partners to explore and discuss investment opportunities with ECOWAS Heads of State,” President Atta Mills added.

The event will also include business round tables and plenary dealing with issues from Energy: Power Generation & Transmission; Tourism, Private Equity, Entrepreneurship & Venture capital; Manufacturing and Consumer Goods; Telecoms and Transport: Roads, Rail and Ports.

The Africa Investment Forum is one of the longest standing international business events on the continent. By bringing in new international investors and partners, over the last decade, the Forum has made a practical contribution to economic development in many Commonwealth African countries.