10th African Union Private Sector Forum

May 09, 2018 to May 11, 2018

10th African Union Private Sector Forum

Cairo, Egypt

Theme: Made in Africa towards realizing Africa's economic Transformation and achieving Agenda 2063

The Department of Economic Affairs in collaboration with the Egyptian Business Women Association is celebrating its Tenth anniversary of the AU Private Sector Forum in Cairo, Egypt from 9-11 May 2018.
Considering the critical role that the private sector is expected to play in the Africa’s Transformation and implementation of Agenda 2063, in particular its contribution to poverty reduction through investment and employment creation, the AU Commission organizes an annual African Private Sector Forum.

The Forum is a key instrument of interface and partnership between the African Union policy makers and the private sector. The Forum also acts as a vehicle for empowering the African Private Sector through advocacy, sharing business and market information and skills.

The 10th AU Private Sector Forum is a three day event. It will feature plenary sessions, a startup pitch and closing session. B2B, B2G and G2G interaction stands will be available throughout the event, where companies including women and youth entrepreneurs can demonstrate their technologies and explore partnerships with other companies and governments. Amongst the rivate sectors represented, there will be Afreximbank,

This forum will be an opportunity to provide a platform for policymakers and private sector high-level participants to articulate concrete proposals on how the African Private sector could play its role in contributing in Africa’s transformation; Promote dialogue on economic development issues, between policy makers, specialized development and financial institutions, civil societies, private sectors, researchers, and professional organizations; Explore ways of catalyzing the role of the private sector towards the creation of the Continental Free Trade Area based on the experience and structures of existing RECs; Celebrate the best performing African Manufacturers with the Made in Africa; Contribute to improving Africa’s investment and business climate by supporting governments’ efforts to strengthen the laws, policies, tax systems, rights, regulations and procedures that govern business, as they nurture not just their domestic private sectors, but also those of other regions; Provide recommendations on the economic development challenges in Africa for consideration by the next Ordinary session of the AU Summit.

The Forum is expected to attract more than 200 high-level participants from the following:

- African Business people
- Private sector organizations
- Chambers of Commerce
- Business Councils
- Union of Industries
- Manufacturers Associations
- Financial Institutions
- Women and Youth Entrepreneurs
- African SMEs
- Corporates
- Organizations Supporting SMEs
- Regional and International Organizations
- African Union Organs
- RECs ( Regional Economic Communities)
- UN Agencies
- Financial Institutions
- African Development Bank
- African Export and Import Bank (Afriexim)
- Trade and Development Bank

For more details on the Forum, kindly contact:
Mr. Islam Swaleh:
Ag. Head of Division Private Sector Investment and Resource Mobilization, African Union
Email: SwalehI@africa-Union.org

For Media and Press, kindly contact:
Ms. Djeinaba Kane
Communications, Department of Economic Affairs, AUC
Email: Kaned@africa-union.org