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Africa Ireland Economic Forum 2018

Africa Ireland Economic Forum

The sixth Africa Ireland Economic Forum will take place on 11 October 2018 in the Convention Centre, Dublin.

It will build on the success of previous Forums, bringing together business people and thought leaders from Europe's most dynamic economy with those from the world's most dynamic continent.  Since the first Forum in 2010, Irish trade with Africa has increased steadily, with further growth forecast. The Forum is organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade together with the African Embassies in Ireland.

Engage with business opportunities on the fastest growing continent

Africa is this century's opportunity.  By 2034, it will have the world's largest working age population.  Job creation, with a continental average increase of 3.8% each year, is contributing to the emergence of a substantial middle class.  Urban areas are particularly dynamic, with household consumption growing at a compound annual rate of 4.2% over the five years from 2010-15.  McKinsey estimates that African consumers will spend US$2 trillion by 2025

Irish companies are part of Africa's success, working for example in infrastructure development, mining, agribusiness, fintech, mobile telephony, education and, increasingly, the consumer space.  Irish agrifood exports to Africa have increased by 28% in the last two years, contributing to an ever deepening Irish export and investment footprint on the continent.


Agri-food and Africa

The agri-food sector is Ireland's largest indigenous industry, accounting for approximately 175,000 jobs at home.  Our companies are expanding their horizons, exploring new markets, including in Africa.  This Forum offers an ideal opportunity for both those making initial explorations in the African market and those considering expanding on their current activity on the continent to hear success stories, develop market strategies and to meet potential partners.


Top level speakers who can offer invaluable insights

Top level political leaders and senior business figures from both Ireland and Africa will participate in the Forum, including the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., and the Cabinet Secretary for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives from Kenya, Peter Munya.

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