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Dubai GBF Africa – EIU releases Scaling up businesses in Africa report

It’s been a month since the 5th edition of Dubai’s Global Business Forum – arguably the most successful Africa related event of 2019.

The event was great success almost doubling in size with a record attendance of more than 1500 delegates from over 60 countries and an astonishing feedback – 95% of the attendees reported that they fulfilled their attendance objectives and 93% met new contacts to do business with.

The debates at GBF Africa touched on almost every conceivable issue. There wasn´t a hot button topic that wasn’t pushed, from connectivity to trade agreements, climate resistant crops to cryptocurrencies. Also among the highlights was a rapid fire series of pitches by start-ups from the GBF Mentorship programme demonstrating how they can leapfrog technologies across a number of sectors.

On the wake of its success and through a partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Dubai Chamber announced the release of the report “Promise and Perils: Scaling up businesses in Africa”, an in depth look at the factors enabling businesses in sub-Saharan Africa and the role of foreign investors in facilitating this expansion. You can now download the report here.


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