The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Dubai Chamber), is gearing up to host the sixth edition of the Global Business Forum (GBF) Africa to be held on October 13 and 14, 2021, under the theme Transformation Through Trade.
The Global Business Forum to be organised on the sidelines of Expo 2020 Dubai – a mega event bringing together 173 countries and 24 international organisations – will be held under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
As one of the Chamber’s flagship business forums, GBF Africa promotes Dubai as a gateway for African companies that can leverage on the numerous economic and competitive advantages offered by the UAE to expand their global footprints.
Speaking on the upcoming event, His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “As the Official Business Integration Partner for Expo 2020, Dubai Chamber is organising a wide range of high-profile events during the mega event that will provide local and international companies access to networking and collaboration opportunities. Among these is the 6th Global Business Forum Africa, which serves a catalyst for expanding trade links and economic cooperation between Africa and Dubai.”
“We welcome our partners from all corners of the African continent and look forward to this opportunity where our local business community can explore prospects of expanding their commercial activities and partnerships in Africa,” H.E. Buamim added.
Key issues to be discussed at this year’s GBF Africa, will include the outlook for African economies, the expected impact of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the evolution of global trade, the adoption of advanced technologies and the role of innovation in strengthening capital markets, as well as promising investment opportunities emerging in a post-Covid-19 world.
GBF Africa 2021 will also shed light on the global economic recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on trade and business around the world, taking a closer look at Africa’s next phase of economic development in the Covid era and beyond, as discussions examine the role of cross-border collaboration in creating new business opportunities and driving sustainable growth across the continent.
The Global Business Forum series explores trade and investment potential in promising markets across Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Latin America and the ASEAN region.
Since its launch in 2013, the GBF series has welcomed 32 heads of state and government, 140 ministers and government officials, and 9,950 participants, including business leaders and executives from 65 countries around the world.
More than 1,800 business meetings have been held between UAE investors and their global counterparts.