• Leading international government and business figures to attend the Africa Legal Network (ALN) conference on Wednesday to explore investments and economic growth opportunities in Africa
  • Guest of Honour, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister for Tolerance to deliver key note address
  • $15.7 billion invested into Africa from the Middle East in 2017

The Africa Legal Network’s (ALN) 5th: Africa Investment Conference will take place on 7-8 November at Four Seasons Resort, Dubai, UAE.  Now in its 5th year, the conference is a major catalyst, bridging the gap between developmental challenges and investment opportunities across the African continent.

Africa is now the second fastest growing region in the world, attracting $42 billion in foreign investment in 2017[1] – including $15.7 billion from the Middle East[2]. Recent Middle East investment into Africa includes DP World, who invested $50 million earlier this year to build a new logistics hub in Mali, and Lulu Group’s $500 million expansion into Egypt.  The event supports the continent’s entry into a cycle of robust economic growth, making it a focus of investment for conglomerates and individual investors alike.

The event will welcome His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister for Tolerance, UAE, as guest of honour and Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, Former Prime Minister of Mali and ALN Chairman. Mmusi Maimane, the Federal Leader of the Democratic Alliance in South Africa has also been announced to speak at the conference.

The conference will also feature a host of international speakers with a deep understanding of the business landscape in Africa. Speakers include Dr James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Group, Jonathan Evans, General Counsel for Emirates Global Aluminium, Miguel Azevedo, Head of Investment for Middle East and Africa Citigroup and Nnamdi Kalu Ezera, Senior Counsel, US Department of Commerce.

The two-day event will kick off November 7th and will address the social, economic and political challenges and rewards of opening the continent up for business, entry strategies for companies looking to enter into the African Market and the opportunities for disruptive solutions and the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

For the first time, the conference will also include a Leading Women Roundtable luncheon where key businesswomen will gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities that women face in their journey to leadership.

The event opening will also see multi-award winning Kenyan afro pop group Sauti Sol perform an exclusive concert, a first in UAE for the band, who were awarded the MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Group. This will be their first-ever performance in the Middle East.

The conference sponsors include AX1S, Emirates NBD, The Access Bank UK, Julius Bar, EFG Hermes, Qbera Capital and the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. Knowledge partners include the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Oxford Business Group, Dalberg Research, Strathmore University and The Brenthurst Foundation.  Emirates Airlines is the Official Conference Airline. Four Seasons Dubai, Shangri-La Dubai and JW Marriott Marquis Dubai are the accommodation partners. Media sponsors include Banker Africa, IC Publications, Forbes Africa and The Business Year.


About ALN

ALN is an independent alliance of leading law firms in Africa. It is the largest and most integrated grouping of its kind in Africa, with close working relationships across its members and an established network of “Best Friends” across the continent.

Each ALN member firm is a recognised leader on the continent with a strong track record in advising domestic, regional and international clients on commercial and legal issues. ALN members offer a deep understanding of the sectors and industries in which clients operate as well as the risks and opportunities of doing business in Africa’s rapidly changing markets.

For more information on ALN
visit: www.africalegalnetwork.com 
Media information contact:
Kate Fox
Senior Account Manager, Grayling Dubai
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E kate.fox@grayling.com
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