The Germany-Africa Business Forum (GABF) the inaugural privately held event exclusively dedicated to strengthening trade and investment ties between Germany and Africa, has confirmed the participation of former Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi at its Berlin conference set for March 23, 2017 in Berlin. Mr. Boni Yayi, a banker and former politician, was Benin’s president between 2006 and 2016 and previously served as Chairperson of the African Union.
“We are delighted and honored by former President Boni Yayi’s confirmation to participate in GABF,” said Guillaume Doane, Executive Director of the Germany-Africa Business Forum. “He is a pan-African champion who has strongly promoted the development of trade and political relations between Africa and Europe.”
(TOP: Rebecca Enonchong, the founder and CEO of AppsTech, in an interview during the 2015 e-Learning Africa confrence. Photo: YouTube).
The GABF organisers have also bolstered the event’s technology and innovation program with new panelists, among these being the inclusion of Rebecca Enonchong, the founder and CEO of AppsTech, a global provider of enterprise application solutions. A Cameroonian, Ms Enonchong is also the co-founder of ActivSpaces, a tech incubator in Cameroon.
Through the proliferation of mobile technologies and digital platforms, Africa has created a vibrant environment for entrepreneurship and commercial ventures which are ideal partners for Germany tech and finance firms.
Apart from Ms Enonchong, other speakers drawn from the tech and finance sectors expected to speak at GABF are: Dirk Harbecke, the former CEO of Africa Development Corporation; Erick Yong, MP of Greentech Capital Partners; Tim Nuy, Executive Director of African fintech company MyBucks; and Daniel Gizaw, the founder and CEO of dVentus Technologies, based in Ethiopia.
The GABF capitalizes on a wave of interest taken by the German government and companies to increase their engagement with African countries. There is a consensus that Africa remains ripe for German investment, from small-startups to industrial giants spanning the economic spectrum. German Mittelstand companies are already showing an interest in places where their skills and technology can bring value. Germany shows a strong need to expand to new markets, with companies doing just 2 percent of their business in Africa.
Already confirmed as speakers for the Germany-Africa Business Forum include Charles Huber, MP and Member of the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development, Republic of Germany; Okechukwu E. Enelamah, Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment of Nigeria; Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea; and Carole Kariuki, CEO of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance.