Tuesday, October 14, 2008

COMESA Investor Conference. Brussels, November 2008

The COMESA Regional Investment Agency (RIA), under the aegis of the COMESA Secretariat, will present the first major COMESA Investor Conference in November 2008 in Brussels. The conference is expected to draw over 150 people, including government officials and business people from the COMESA region and Europe, as well as representatives from donor agencies, development organizations, financial institutions and private sector organisations.

The theme of the Conference will be ‘Accelerating trade and investment: COMESA is ready and on the move’. The Conference will present:

1. The COMESA Investor Practical Guide: This document has been developed with the support of BizClim in the context of a wider project that has addressed issues related to the business environment in COMESA member States and has led to the establishment of a database on the business climate.

2. A Compendium of Business Opportunities: This inventory of investment opportunities has been prepared with the support of GTZ.

3. Case Studies and Success Stories: Companies will report on their experience with COMESA, notably regarding the business environment.

Besides, the Conference will offer a platform to Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) to showcase their attractiveness to European businesses that are looking to investment in or trade with the region. IPAs will hold exhibition stands. The Conference will also enable participants to network and meet with decision makers.