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The Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2013 addressed many of the challenges affecting trade and investment in Africa, but also highlighted the opportunities and analysed important trends affecting the continent’s economic prospects.

The Forum, themed around Trade for Growth and Development, was a unique occasion to showcase Africa’s many opportunities for trade and investment, and to bring together major stakeholders from all over the world.

There can be little doubt that the prevailing optimism about Africa is justified. However, as the Forum also highlighted, much remains to be achieved. This year, one of the Forum’s key focus points was how to increase regional and intra-regional trade within Africa. With intra-regional trade constituting only 11% of the continent’s total trade flows, there is huge untapped potential which can be realised by continuing to remove trade barriers, and building regional trade blocks, notably by improving infrastructure and reducing restrictions on the movement of goods and services between neighbours and regions. The private sector will be a key driver of these developments.

Another essential component of AFIF are B2B meetings where business partnerships are forged. AFIF 2013 was no
exception: In just two days, participants from 32 countries held 674 such meetings.


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