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The 2009 Africa Finance & Investment Forum was organised in partnership with The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO).

AFIF 2009 brought together a record number of participants, with around 300 delegates from 44 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

With delegates from 31 African countries, more than half the African continent was represented: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The theme of the AFIF 2009 edition was “Partnerships for Growth and Development”, with a specific focus on the financing of small and medium enterprise projects.

In the words of Idit Miller, Vice-President and Managing Director of EMRC, “Holding AFIF 2009 in Amsterdam carried a powerful message from the African continent onto the doorstep of key international decision-makers: That the African continent is no longer just about natural resources and commodities, but increasingly about untapped opportunities in the fields of energy, agri-business, trade, retail, health, finance, housing and industrial development - to name just a few”.

The growing popularity of AFIF is confirmed by the fact that this latest edition was attended by around 300 delegates, a record for any EMRC conference organised in Europe to date.The forum was addressed by an impressive number of high-profile speakers representing the fields of banking, industry, trade and academia.

EMRC’s dynamism in facilitating business in Africa has constituted one of the most tangible benefits for the delegates; and through its professional matchmaking services in collaboration with ITC (International Trade Centre), EMRC ensured that the right connections were put in place to guarantee the growth of long-term, sustainable partnerships.


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