Sustainability And Access! Building New Business Ties Between The Nordics And Africa

African-Nordic Business Conference

Strong growth and digitalisation in Africa, makes it the perfect destination for Nordic firms and organisations looking for dynamic new markets and opportunities. At the same time, promising players in Africa can harness Nordic strengths in technology and sustainability for profitable investments in areas touched by continental mega-trends, such as population growth, urbanisation, and the rise of digital currencies, digital trade and growing infrastructure spending.

On November 22, 2018, Helsinki-based African Nordic Business Platform will bring together players from Africa and the Nordics to discuss and identify sustainable opportunities and high-growth ventures in Africa. African-Nordic Business Conference 2018 will host influential experts as they discuss African and Nordic strengths and mutual business opportunities, share experiences and insights, and explore practical guidelines for success on the ground.

“Africa is positioned to be the epicentre of a range of new enterprises that will generate the kind of strong growth we will see in few other parts of the world. However, Africa is a very diverse continent and it is important for companies to understand the specific markets they are entering,” says Nigerian-born Kingsley Ify, co-founder and CEO of Springboard African Nordic Business Platform.

Development aid giving way to business growth

Themed Sustainability and Access! – The November 2018 conference will feature Nordic companies and organisations already operating in Africa, and companies looking for entry point into Africa, as well as movers and shakers on the African scene. Together they will offer an understanding of sectors ripe for investment, share ideas on how to build sustainable businesses in Africa and review entrepreneurial success stories, provide advice on tapping into new sources of financing and help firms to improve their ground game on the continent.

“Africa is a continent where the role of development aid is fading, making room for growing business development. Moreover, sustainable development will meet the demands of the mega trends visible in Africa: rapid economic growth, urbanisation and population growth. It’s the place to do business, and where business can make a massive difference,” says Pasi Rinne, Chairman of Gaia Consulting, a consultancy for sustainable businesses also operating in Africa. Rinne made the comments during ANBC’s introductory event in September 2016.

In addition to providing a roadmap for doing sustainable business in Africa, the event will offer opportunities to develop existing networks, and build on potentially fruitful new partnerships, particularly in Africa. Participants will also gain access to important decision makers in government, the private sector, international organizations, consultants, advisors and the ecosystem builders.

About Springboard Afro-Nordic Business Platform

The Sustainable Innovation Conference is organised by Springboard Afro-Nordic Business Platform. Springboard aims to build and foster a strong business partnership of mutual benefits between Africa and the Nordic region, by encouraging companies to boldly engage with the African market. We believe in the potential and promise of Africa, and in particular its ability to develop the untapped potential of its human capacity, especially the continent’s strong young population. Equally, we also believe in the Nordic value-based system that emphasises business ought to be done in a responsible and sustainable way. It is our hope that forging a new partnership between Africa and the Nordic region will create an enabling environment to share skills, knowledge and encourage an ethical approach of doing business, which will have a strong and positive impact in the long-term. Springboard is an independent company of specialists offering a range of business-to-business services. We advise clients – both African and Nordic – on strategic decisions, which have implications for business development and investment opportunities. We bring together professionals from diverse disciplines and with complementary skills. The depth of our expertise allows us to take on complex and strategic projects in Africa. Our clients trust us to help realise their visions.

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