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The Forum was attended by a large contingent of participants from four continents, mostly from Africa, each with an interest in building a stronger approach to 'cooperative' entrepreneurship.

AFIF 2012 enjoyed a significant turnout, with almost 250 participants from 37 countries
around the globe, including 25 sub-Saharan African countries. Delegates came from a wide range of economic sectors and included SMEs, financiers, bankers, government officials, consultants, NGOs, researchers, international organisations and donors.

The appropriate financial tools to ensure the growth of the SME and cooperative sectors in Africa were highlighted as well as the role that commercial banks, development agencies and other organisations can play in providing the necessary tools for this sector to expand and become more sustainable.

The ‘cooperative way’ of doing business is increasingly being viewed as a sustainable way to ensure economic growth and stability in emerging markets, especially since the global financial meltdown has led decision-makers to consider alternatives.

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We seek to empower the spirit of entrepreneurship in Africa

  • Facilitate access to finance
  • Connect businesses horizontally and vertically
  • Create an exchange of know-how
  • Engage the relevant Public-Private dialogue
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