First-ever Afro Business Expo for Reading

Bringing business & trade to the Thames Valley

Africa is a continent with untapped potential. However, concerns about personal safety, corruption and the security of investments have meant that UK businesses who may wish to develop trade with the continent have not felt confident enough to explore this potential.
Where are the positive stories of sustainable investment?
The first Afro Business Expo: 2014 in Reading Berkshire sets about changing the perception of Africa – pushing it to the forefront of our minds as an investment super power. All you need is the right opportunities to invest.
During the event, delegates will be given the chance to access avenues for solid business opportunities in Africa from the sectors of mining, construction, retail, agriculture, education and telecoms interested in UK investment and trading partners.
It also offers UK investors and businesses the secure platform to identify and develop business partnerships with African companies.
African Industries and businesses will be travelling from the continent to attend the event taking place from 30th July. Greenfields Property development is developing a housing estate in Nigeria and looking for the next step. EFB Industries are producers of palm oil and they’re looking for technical partners and a buyer for their by-products in the UK. Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company are distributors of cocoa, mangoes and highly sought after produce –surely there are export and import partnerships that can be developed. Integrated Catering is seeking a franchise partner or investor to open up across West Africa. Palm Necter Breweries wants a technical partner and investors for expansion. Aeisys requires a technology looking for a technical partner and investor to bring an e-learning platform into Africa.
Seminars and speeches will focus on topics that discuss the opportunities available and how to make safe and credible investment choices.
Venture capitalists, exporters, importers, manufacturers and business owners are expected to attend so UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), UK Export & Finance (UKEF) and the British Chamber of commerce can give attendees the confidence to invest and build business relationships.

Principal Consultant for Motherland Connects Ngozi Fakeye is Nigerian born and Reading based. As the key organiser for the Expo Ngozi believes now is the time to unleash Africa’s full investment potential. ‘’Africa has vast opportunities, from our arable lands to the bourgeoning well educated population; Africa is poised to shed its image of war and strife to shine as a beacon of economic renaissance. We intend to work with our Western partners as equals in an economic development drive that is equitable and sustainable. What we require is the technological expertise, the scrutiny of governance and the support of the experienced diaspora community to facilitate this drive’’
Tickets are on sale now for £90 per day or £149 for two day ‘Expo Experience ticket’

For more information go to the website http://theafrobusiness.webs.com/
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