27 May 2013
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African Development Bank (Abidjan)

Business Opportunity Seminar - "Boosting African Private Sector Through Financing and Business Opportunities"

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Africa's Structural Transformation is highly dependent on a strong and competitive private sector.

Boosting African private sector entails providing support in improving the business environment and access to market opportunities; providing financing, business assistance and advisory services to companies; strengthening institutional frameworks and promoting commerce and the integration of regional markets.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Morocco, as well as most Regional Member Countries are committed to making the development of national and regional private sector a priority. This commitment is reflected in their involvement in activities covering booming sectors promoting inclusive growth especially those targeting the employment of youth and women. Hence, the AfDB, through its Projects and Programs, creates business opportunities across Africa which benefit the private sector and various categories of stakeholders.

The Confédération générale des entreprises marocaines (CGEM) and the AfDB are hosting a Seminar on May 27, 2013 as a side event to the Bank's Annual Meetings in Marrakech (Morocco) from May 27 to 31, 2013. The objective of the meeting is to serve as a forum to exchange and share experiences on this important challenge.

Various topics covered will provide opportunities for the participants, from the private sector companies of Morocco and of other African countries, as well as from around the world, to exchange on: (i) existing AfDB financial instruments and related business opportunities for the private sector; (ii ) strategies to promote African Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises competitiveness; (iii) windows for private sector financing and access to credit mechanisms (case of Morocco and other countries); and (iv) public policies aimed at favouring African businesses including SMEs and fostering market accessibility and growth.

This forum will allow participants to network and establish potential business partnerships. More specifically it will provide opportunities to interact with eminent experts, government officials and business leaders.

Registeration online is open until Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Selected participants will receive an invitation letter from the Bank no later than ten days before the event. Invited participants will cover their own travel expenses and accommodation.

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