Friday, February 11, 2011

Tanzania / President Kikwete to host 9th annual Africa Investment Forum in April

ARUSHA, Tanzania, February 8, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)

The 9th annual Africa Investment Forum 2011 (AIF) being organised by the Commonwealth Business Council in collaboration with the Government of The United Republic of Tanzania and the East African Community (EAC) will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 17 to 19 April, 2011.

The 2011 Africa Investment Forum themed Accelerating African investment, linking Tanzania, the East African Community, Africa and the world; will provide a platform to showcase new investment opportunities, enhance African trade and build new business partnerships. The focus will be on promoting linkages between African economic clusters as a means to attract new investment.

“We will be pleased to welcome investors with long term interest in Tanzania and the East African Community to attend the Forum.” said H.E Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of The United Republic of Tanzania during a planning meeting with CBC’s CEO, Dr Mohan Kaul in Dar es Salaam on 21 January 2011.

“Tanzania is an excellent country to host this year’s AIF” said Dr Kaul. “At the heart of one of Africa’s most dynamic economic communities, the EAC, and with strong links to Southern Africa, Tanzania is a country with great prospects and perfectly placed to host the business leaders and investors that will gather for the event.”

This year’s Forum will be held alongside the Summit of the EAC Heads of State. It will involve high level dialogue on investment with the EAC Heads of State. Amb. Juma V. Mwapachu, Secretary General of the East African Community said: “The EAC is delighted to be working with CBC on the Africa Investment Forum during the period when the EAC Summit will be meeting in Dar es Salaam.”

The second day of the Forum will include wider discussion of the investment climate in Africa, issues of enhancing regional integration and trade both in Africa and with the wider world. Alongside these areas there will be sessions on key sectors across Africa including, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas, Agriculture, Infrastructure and ICT.

Notes to Editors:
The Africa Investment Forum is organised by the Commonwealth Business Council in collaboration with the EAC Secretariat and the Tanzania Investment Centre. Please see details at

Press admission is free but participants are required to provide for their own travel, accommodation and expenses.

Commonwealth Business Council
The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) was established in 1997 with a direct mandate from Heads of Commonwealth Governments to promote trade and investment amongst 54 member nations and increase economic linkages with non-member countries.
CBC’s goal is to achieve economic empowerment for shared global prosperity through the enhancement of private sector contribution to social and economic development.
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Tanzania Investment Centre
Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) is the primary agency of Government to coordinate, encourage, promote and facilitate investment in Tanzania and to advise the Government on investment related matters. TIC is the focal point for investors. It is the first point of call for potential investors; it is a “one stop facilitative centre for all investors”.
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SOURCE : East African Community (EAC)