Africa Trade and Investment Conference 2021

AfBC UK – Africa Trade and Investment Conference 2021

Enhancing UK-Africa Trade, Investment Relations and Boosting Business Value Chains

AfBC Virtual UK – Africa Trade and Investment Conference 2021 will take place on Thursday 30 September 2021. The theme is Enhancing UK-Africa Trade, Investment Relations, Partnerships and Boosting Business Value Chains.


  • Bilateral trade agreements and Investment opportunities in ECOWAS, SADAC, SACUM and EAC regions
  • Sustainable infrastructure development and investment opportunities
  • Investment opportunities in Technology, Industrial manufacturing, Healthcare and pharmaceuticals and Real estate and construction, Renewable, low carbon and solar energy, Agribusiness, agriculture and food supply chains
  • Climate finance, green economy, low carbon and sustainable investment opportunities in Africa
  • Export, trade and structured finance

KEYNOTE SESSION – 10:00 – 11:30 BST

Enhancing UK – Africa Economic Relations, Partnerships and Trade Agreements

Hon Akwasi Opong-Fosu – Former Minister of State, Ghana and President at Africa Growth Solutions

Geoff Thompson MBE – Deputy Chair, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Dr Akram Ali Eltom – Former Minister of Health, Government of Sudan and Senior HIV/Hepatitis Consultant, WHO

SESSION 1 – 11:30 – 13:00 BST

The Economy, Trade and Investment Opportunities for Growth

Dr Sebastian C. Kopulande MP – Chief Executive Officer, Zambian International Trade & Investment Centre (ZITIC)

Dr. Andrew S. Nevin – Partner, West Africa Financial Services Leader and Chief Economist, PwC Nigeria

Elias Pungong – UK Honorary Consul & Chairman, UK- Cameroon Chamber of Commerce (UK-CCC)

Papa Know Bartels – Head for Trade and Investment, Ghana High Commission – London

​Ms. Nirmala Rewa – Economic​ Counsellor, Mauritius High Commission – London

David Burton – Sector Director Agriculture, Africa at UK Department for International Trade (DIT)

Steve Beel – Development Director, Zambia Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

SESSION 2 – 13:00 – 14:30 BST

Trade Finance, Funding Sustainable Development Projects, Investing and Doing Business in Africa

John Martin Ndawula – Associate VP, Financial Institutions and Trade Finance at Africa Finance Corporation

Andia Laura Chakava – Investment Director, Graça Machel Trust and Chairperson Investment Advisory Council at Equality Fund

George Barrett – Head, Trade Programming Southern Africa, British High Commission, South Africa

Dharmini Shah – Deputy Country Director and Head of Investment, Department for International Trade (DIT), British High Commission, Kenya

George RR Wilson – Head Institutional Trade Finance, Investec

SESSION 3 – 14:30 – 16:00 BST

Diaspora in Trade, Remittance, DDI and Africa Development

Pumela Salela – UK Country Head , Brand South Africa

Yomi Fowode – Managing Director, FIYOM Ventures

Bolaji Sofoluwe – Managing Director, ETK Group

Joy Zenz – Founder and CEO, African Women in Europe & Africa women in Trade

Isobel Olisa-Ashar – Co-Founder, Diaspora Angel Network


The conference will bring together business leaders, Government officials, investors, entrepreneurs, diasporas, experts, policymakers, academia and professionals from across the World to deliberate and showcase economic growth opportunities in Africa for both local, regional and internationals businesses and investors.

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