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The 2014 Africa Finance & Investment Forum was the first AFIF event to be held in Germany, Europe’s uncontested economic powerhouse, and a major trade and investment partner of Africa.

Held in the DEG (German development finance institution) headquarters in Cologne, the forum was opened by Prof. Monty Jones, the newly elected EMRC President, alongside Bruno Wenn, CEO of DEG. More than 200 delegates and business representatives from across Africa and the world came together for two days of disussions and networking.

The event’s plenary sessions were complemented by over 550 business-to-business meetings, leveraging
opportunities and creating partnerships with a real impact for thousands of people.

Discussions, debates and presentations focused on topical issues such as innovative solutions for access to financeand investment in key sectors of the economy.

The African continent is seeing more and more home-grown solutions and innovations, which is in turn inspiring parts of the world to establish new approaches to finance, as far as Africa is concerned.

Several key discussions took place around the need to enhance the development of the private sector and promote enterprise-based approaches for long-term economic growth.

Access to finance for the agricultural sector, Africa’s biggest employer, received special attention, as did a number of other key areas of the economy such as energy, infrastructure and water. A special session was dedicated to investment opportunities in Nigeria’s Delta State.

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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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