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Sub-saharan Africa trade on the spotlight

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Harare, March 19, 2013 – This year’s Africa Finance and Investment Forum (AFIF2013) in Switzerland in June will focus on trade because the international community’s views regional trade as indispensable for the long-term sustainable economic growth of sub-Saharan Africa.

“People interested in doing business with and for Africa should join the  to get expert know-how on the different financial solutions, tools and programmes available to promote intercontinental and interregional trade,” said Senior programme manager at EMRC International, Ines Bastos,in a statement.

EMRC International, is a non-profit International Association composed of a network of entrepreneurs, financiers, consultants and officials based throughout the world.EMRC’s mission is to lead the private sector in Africa to sustainable economic development and to drive regional change via partnerships.

The 2013 edition of the AFIF is to be organised in close collaboration with the IFC, World Bank and will focus on “Trade for Growth and Development”, held from 13-14 June 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.

“Demand is growing for real tangible solutions for African businesses. AFIF 2013 will target this head on and will ensure that participants leave with real solutions and business opportunities,” added Bastos.

Geneva, known as one of the world’s financial centres and home of the UN in Europe, will provide the appropriate international back-drop for participants coming from across Africa, Europe, Asia and America.

Government representatives, experts, business leaders, entrepreneurs and civil society will be represented at the highest level and concrete measures will be proposed for Africa’s Small and Medium Enterprises with a particular focus on finance and sustainability.

A pre-forum training will be held from 11-12 June 2013, focusing on ‘Creating and presenting a business plan to potential investors’, followed by two days of interactive plenary sessions and B2B meetings. The training session is addressed to a limited group of participants with either ongoing businesses or well structured ideas wishing to find financing and other support for their projects.

Plenary sessions will focus on financial programmes to promote trade relations, boosting trade through entrepreneurship – building export capacities, agriculture trade finance, technology transfer & Innovation.

With an expected 250 participants attending, the forum will also provide business-to-business (B2B) meetings which are tailor-made to ensure maximum business partnership success.

Previous forums have seen over 1,000 of these meetings set up over the two days.

In addition, the international media will spotlight the various speakers and interview a select group of participants to highlight regional and local business ideas and trends.

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