Founded in 2012 by the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC), Africa Works! is a thematic bi-annual conference organized to position, promote and market the African continent as a valuable trade and investment destination. A visit to Africa Works! will inform, inspire, and connect the Dutch private sector with myriad companies and government representatives from Africa. Previous editions of Africa Works! attracted 400 to 500 visitors on each conference day. The 2016 edition of Africa Works! was addressed by Klaas Knot, President of the Dutch Central Bank while the 2012 edition was visited by Queen Maxima of The Netherlands.
This year, NABC’s flagship event will feature the theme of Future African Cities. The first day wil be dedicated to ‘Building Future African cities’ while day 2 is dedicated to ‘Powering Future African cities.’
Building Future African Cities: We will be showcasing a number of the infrastructure, housing and commercial developments, as well as water and sanitation projects in Africa; and provide a platform for suppliers, financiers, contractors, project developers and governments to interact and network.
Powering Future African Cities: Untapped opportunities in the energy sector in Africa will be highlighted; we will present case studies for energy projects across Africa, and provide a platform for suppliers, financiers, project developers and governments to network and create new business leads.
Africa Works! targets the Dutch and African private sectors, knowledge and financial institutions, government representatives, NGOs and Civil Society. The objective is to highlight specific opportunities in a sector and provide a platform to participants, enabling them to make relevant connections that would lead to significant business relations.
For Companies: Whether you’re looking at the latest trends in housing, infrastructure or energy supply, want to learn more about access to finance, or want to expand your network, Africa Works! offers many invaluable workshops organized by high-profile partners. Africa Works! is the best way to get caught up on new solutions and developments concerning the African cities of the future.
For the Public Sector: Africa Works! brings together a wide range of policy makers both from the Netherlands (at a national and regional level), as well as from Africa, through employees of the African embassies in The Netherlands or Belgium, as well as from African countries. This is your perfect opportunity for high-level networking.
For Knowledge Institutes: Beside ample networking with companies and governments, Africa Works! is an event to get caught up on new solutions and developments regarding Future African Cities.
For NGOs: Non- Profits and NGOs can increase their ties with both the business and the diplomatic community and can use the opportunity to get up to date about recent developments.