Monday, February 13, 2017 to Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF), is an annual business platform initiated by EMRC in 2005 that aims to encourage entrepreneurship, promote the growth of SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) and attract the right investments to Africa.
At EMRC we believe that SMEs are the key drivers for growth: In developed regions they are responsible for over 50% of GDP and over 60% of employment and economies across Sub Saharan Africa follow a similar model. However, one of the principal constrains to their growth, is a lack of access to finance. SMEs are situated in the “missing middle” category, the gap between microfinance and traditional financing. Those seeking microfinance are relatively well served, but Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs), which by their nature should contribute to a larger and more sustainable economic and social growth, lack not only the necessary capital, but also the institutional support.
To encourage SME growth in Africa, AFIF offers an interactive platform for the entrepreneurs making a difference, for the financiers already investing in Africa, as well as for the larger financial institutions and enterprises interested in accessing this growing market segment.
This year’s edition of AFIF will focus on entrepreneurship and innovation with an emphasise on access to finance in key sectors: energy, water, ICT, health, agriculture and agro-industry. A special attention will be paid to the role that Africa can have in embracing the 4th industrial revolution.