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Africa Business Group

The Africa Business Group (ABG) holds two events each academic term, and is run by the Centre of African Studies in association with our partners, including the Business Council for Africa (BCA) and African Foundation for Development (AFFORD). The ABG is a forum for the discussion of African affairs as they affect business, commerce, and finance across the continent. It brings together business people, journalists, diplomats and NGO professionals with academics and scholars who all share an interest in and expertise on Africa.

Since its founding in 1995, the ABG’s membership has expanded and there are now two types of membership: Corporate and Individual. Members receive free or discounted admission to all events which are also open to non-members with fees payable.  

ABG event programming highlights the latest issues, developments and research affecting business in Africa. Lively lunch discussions and extended partnered events with the input of members and academics help shape the annual programme.

In 2012-13, events included:
  • Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Africa Conference - Topics covered included: Tackling Africa problems through entrepreneurship; creating conducive environment for business to flourish; creating employment opportunities through entrepreneurship; generating sustainable investment in a frontier market.
  • New African Energy - The Ripple Effect - Investment prospects from the continent’s new Oil and Gas discoveries and renewable energy developments.
  • Young African Diaspora Entrepreneurs - a one-day training event for young people interested in developing their own businesses, linking their UK connections and insights to opportunities across Africa. ABG members and partners had the opportunity to share their experiences with the participants.
  • Agribusiness Africa: Ploughing Ahead? Three speakers shared their experiences of different enterprises to illustrate challenges faced in West, Southern and East Africa and their routes to becoming profitable enterprises.

If you would like further information about membership or meetings, please contact the Centre of African Studies cas@soas.ac.uk.

Visit the ABG Reports and Presentations page to read more on past ABG seminars.

View all ABG events


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