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4th Africa Business Forum 2021

4th Africa Business Forum 2021
Innovative Finance: Building Forward to the SDGs
8 February, 2021

(Streamed live on Feb 8, 2021)


The Africa Business Forum is convened each year in Addis Ababa, the diplomatic capital of Africa, on the margins of the ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union. The annual sessions  of this Forum are intended to promote a continuing dialogue between the African private and public sector on current matters of strategic importance to the African continent.

The Africa Business Forum provides a unique platform for leaders, strategists, thinkers, innovators and private sector businesses to:

  • Bring together African Heads of State and Government and major businesses fraternity on the continent.

  • Discuss the role of the private sector in the African development agenda

  • Explore thematic cutting edge and innovative ideas for financing sustainable development in Africa

  • Forge partnerships between African private and public sectors

  • Optimize collective efforts to achieve Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, of the African Union and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In 2021, owing to the unprecedented coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Forum’s session will be held online and will run over a period of half a day. 

Theme for the 2021 session

Previous sessions of the Forum have included the Africa Business and Investment Forum, held in early 2018; the Africa Business: Health Forum, in 2019; and the Africa Business Forum: Investing in People, Planet and Prosperity, in 2020.

This year, the fourth session of the Africa Business Forum is scheduled to take place online on 8 February 2021, on the margins of the thirty-fourth ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union under the theme of “Innovative finance: building forward to the Sustainable Development Goals”.

In the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, Africa is facing a severe threat to its growth achieved over the last decade. The pandemic is global, but the continuing resilience of the African region highly depends on the strategies and policies countries adopt now, building on recent initiatives to accelerate economic growth to meet national development aspirations in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and to do so in a financially and environmentally sustainable manner.

Who should attend?

  • Government representatives and policymakers

  • Corporate and business executives

  • Leading investors

  • Financial institution executives

  • Researchers and think-tank members

  • Civil society representatives

  • Academics

  • Thought leaders

  • Youth representatives

  • Journalists and broadcasters

Join the conversation and be part of the solutions for a more prosperous Africa.