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Introducing the Empower Africa Business Network

Our business network makes it easy for companies to connect with trusted partners, discover opportunities and gain insights through unique data and research.

Enter the African market or grow your African business to new heights while engaging with a values driven global business community.

We are your gateway to a thriving and sustainable business operation in Africa.

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Virtual Networking Events

Driving Business in Africa – Panel Discussion on AfCFTA

Driving Business in Africa - Panel Discussion on AfCFTA: “The African Continental Free Trade Area: What is it, where does it stand, and what does it mean for the global business community?"Held 2:00 PM GMT on Wednesday, October 28th 2020. In June 2018, 49 African states signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to increase intra-African trade and remove current barriers to continental economic integration. The Agreement went into force in May 2019, and the operational phase of the Agreement was initially due to commence in July 2020. Since then, the entire world has been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the death toll from Coronavirus infection is relatively low compared to the global average, the pandemic has already wrecked economic havoc on the continent. Full and partial lockdowns along with border closures and international supply chain disruptions drastically reduced economic activity on the continent. The World Bank has stated that Africa has entered its first recession in 25 years. Increasing intra-Africa trade is crucial to sustainable economic development on the continent. Implementing the AfCFTA can accelerate the post-Covid recovery, open regional markets to African businesses, and pave the way towards a prosperous, economically integrated Africa. In order to allow governments to focus on the current public health crisis, the commencement of the Agreement was pushed back to January 2021.

In Person Events

Driving Business in Africa During the UK-Africa Summit Week in London at the Arts Club

The recent “Driving Business in Africa” cocktail reception at the Arts Club in London is a prime example of Empower Africa’s network building tools. The reception, held during the week of the January 2020 UK-Africa Business Summit, brought together some seventy investors, businessmen, government officials, and non-profit representatives to share ideas and spark conversations on driving business in Africa. The different speakers who graced the event sparked thought-provoking conversations on the benefits of investing in Africa. The evening also featured speeches by Shai Bernstein, V.P. of Business Development and Operations at Empower Africa; Zandile Nkwanyana, President of the Africa Business Club at London Business School; Sharon Bar-Li, Deputy Head of Mission at the Israel Embassy in the UK; Ron Crean, Vice President of Commercial Business at Windward; and Mr. Douglas Hansen, Founder and Chairman of Future Planet Capital. The uniting theme that stood out from all the speakers was the value that can be created when diverse groups come together.

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Now Is The Time For Sierra Leone – Ezi Rapaport At The Empower Africa Agriculture Trade Mission

On November 5th, 2019 Empower Africa CEO Ezi Rapaport took to the stage of the Empower Africa Agriculture Trade Mission Conference in Sierra Leone. In an unprecedented speech, Ezi uplifted and kicked off the Empower Africa Trade Mission with his tremendous hope for a brighter future for the people of Sierra Leone and the private sector. Empower Africa is pleased to announce the success of its first Agriculture Trade Mission to Sierra Leone, which took place on November 5-7. The Trade Mission included a diverse delegation of 10 leading international agribusiness executives who met with over 200 local attendees consisting of the private sector, NGO’s, and senior leaders of the Sierra Leone Government. The mission analyzed many challenges and opportunities in the country and outlined specific commercial agriculture projects that could develop and diversify the economy and enhance food security.


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