Sunday 08, October 2017 by Nabilah Annuar

Dubai Chamber of Commerce works with Expo 2020 Dubai for Global Business Forum on Africa

Collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai will create new channels of communication and cooperation between businesses in the UAE and Africa.

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry will work with Expo 2020 Dubai at the 4th Global Business Forum (GBF) on Africa, with the aim of raising awareness about the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.

Dubai Chamber and Expo 2020 Dubai will align during the forum held at the emirate’s Madinat Jumeirah on November 1st-2nd, 2017, to facilitate new channels of communication and cooperation between African and UAE business. GBF Africa will be held under the theme “Next Generation Africa” and provide an ideal platform for Expo 2020 Dubai to highlight its mission, key initiatives and projects, in addition to growth opportunities that the World Expo can offer to African companies.

HE Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber, described collaborating with Expo 2020 Dubai as an important development that will help pique the interest of African businesses in Dubai and Expo and demonstrate the attractive advantages that the World Expo can offer them.

Dubai Chamber has played an active role in promoting Expo 2020 Dubai during its trade missions and foreign visits, HE Buamim pointed out, adding that it had mobilised considerable support for the mega event among its members and the wider business community in the emirate.

“The Expo 2020 Learning Lab will complement the Global Business Forum on Africa by offering delegates valuable insights into the inner-workings and objectives of the World Expo. I am looking forward to working with Expo 2020 Dubai at the event and hope that it will lead to fruitful cooperation between Africa and Dubai in the future,” HE Buamim added.

The forum will bring together over 1,000 top-level government and corporate decision-makers, including African heads of state, ministers and dignitaries, prominent CEOs operating globally, prominent entrepreneurs, UAE government and business leaders, and other high-level delegates.

During the Forum, Expo 2020 Dubai will showcase its ‘Expo Learning Lab’, which will be a platform to highlight the wide range of opportunities which Expo will offer to all participants from around the world.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet grantees from the Expo Live programme, whose projects are either based in Africa or offer creative solutions to issues that impact people’s lives across the continent. Expo Live’s flagship Impact Innovation Grant Programme has USD 100 million to back a range of projects, with 45 grantees from 30 countries winning support to date.

Manal AlBayat, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Integration, Expo 2020 Dubai, added, “We are excited to work with Dubai Chamber at Global Business Forum Africa to promote the wide ranging opportunities available to participants at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“Expo 2020 will be a platform to encourage collaboration and engagement, and we look forward to working with African countries and their business communities to develop partnerships and success stories throughout the Expo journey.”

The Global Business Forum series, launched by Dubai Chamber in 2012, focuses on Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Latin America. To date, the series has hosted 10 heads of state, 74 ministers and dignitaries, and 5,400 executives, as well as a host of influential decision makers from 65 countries around the world.

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