Africa Works! 2019

Future African Cities
April 8 & 9
Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam

Africa Works! 2019

The flagship event of the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC), Africa Works! is a biennial conference organized to position, promote and market the African continent as a valuable trade and investment destination.

The fourth edition takes place on April 8 and 9, 2019 at the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam. Africa Works! aims to inform, inspire, and connect the Dutch and European private sector with a multitude of companies and government representatives from Africa. Previous editions of Africa Works! welcomed 400-500 participants per day from the African and European private sector as well as government and knowledge institutions.

Africa Works! has featured high-level keynote speakers like Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, then-minister of Foreign Trade Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, Mr.  Amine Bouabid, CEO of the Bank of Africa and Mr. Klaas Knot, President of the Dutch Central Bank (DNB).  You can see an impression of Africa Works! 2016 hereFor the first time Africa Works! will be co-organized along with NLinBusiness and the German-African Business Association, Afrika-Verein.

Africa Works! 2019 will be officially opened on April 8,
2019 by Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb

Theme Africa Works! 2019

The future of Africa is urban. Therefore, the theme of Africa Works! 2019 is Future African Cities with an aim to connect African urbanization challenges to business opportunities for the European private sector. The first day of Africa Works! 2019 will be dedicated to ‘Building Future African Cities’ while day 2 is dedicated to ‘Powering African Cities’.



Smart Facts

  • By 2030, six of the world’s 41 mega cities will be in Africa.
  • By 2025, there will be 100 African cities with 1 million inhabitants.
  • By 2035, half of the expected African population of 1.8 billion will be urban.
  • The continents’s GDP is set to grow to $1.7 trillion by 2030.
  • Lagos, Nigeria is predicted to be the world’s largest city.


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NABC is the leading Dutch networking organization for trade and investment facilitation on the African continent.