Braad Business

and Development Hub

The forum will provide an ideal place for:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Experts
  • NGO’s
  • Companies
  • Institutional Funders, Foundations and Philanthropists
  • Government representatives
  • Private equity investors
The Braad Business and Development Forum will provides business opportunities for exploring the African and UK Diaspora markets, their actual and potential economic growth. Moreover, ~BBDF is a hub for Diaspora entrepreneurs as it gives an insight into their stake in two regions of economic development, Africa and their adopted country. ~BBDF constitutes a strong platform for facilitating networking between funders and recipients, investors and entrepreneurs, key people and organisations, as well as facilitating the sharing of information on mentoring for personal and organisational expansion, access to training opportunities for personal development and organisational capacity building, making possible access to information, the facilitation of private investments, access to start –up funding, capital infusions, institutional and public funding or match grants, and creating opportunities for networking between venture capital entrepreneurs and partnership organisations.

Purpose:

Networking, Information sharing, facilitating business resources, financial opportunity, expert assessment, and outsourcing, to connect and network to build partnerships for African development.

Networking

Normal networking will be available at the Conference and the Award ceremony. A VIP reception will be held with key executive, academics, business and political leaders in an private place – Entry to this meeting will be pre –arranged and by special invitation only.

Entry

BBDH is open to business, corporations, investors, experts and academics, specialised companies, African diaspora entrepreneurs, senior government representatives, diplomats, company executives, development professionals and the media.

Format

Interactive plenary, with speakers constituting a panel for two-way engagement with the audience, and parallel workshops sessions.
Context
Africa’s new economic expansion and double-digit growth derive from several social and political factors, particularly greater political stability and more strenuous efforts being made by several African governments to fight corruption and encourage more transparency. As a consequence, the economy of many countries is expanding and their consumption potential is increasing. To maintain this remarkable growth, more will be required from governments, Aid donors and private investment and equity firms. This becoming a priority as consumer demand is rising. Consequently, the African markets now need restocking with new funding, particularly directed towards better infrastructure to accelerate economic development. Also facing great challenges: from developing new energy sufficiency to facing power shortage, reweaving the social fabric by creating more schools and hospitals, improving water supplies, developing sanitation and recycling in order to improve people’s quality of life.
Africa presents a great opportunity to develop it financial systems in taping into to the huge unbanked consumer base. Not only will this lead to an expansion of the banking sector, but also provide a new market for micro-finance, money transfer companies and insurance.This must go hand in hand with better access to growing information and telecommunication technologies for greater global integration.
At the same time, better transport infrastructure is still needed for the development of the extractive industries where demand is strong, and on the other hand for agriculture which still lags behind and has yet to make its mark on world markets. Add to this the opportunities to develop appropriate modern transportation systems for cities and countryside alike.
Those doing business in Africa will benefit greatly from working with the Diaspora. They constitute a bank of resources with the skills and financial capital to facilitate economic development. They have expertise based on creating their own business and being willing to recruit both nationals and other migrants. They can provide a bridge between the UK and Africa through their existing partnerships, opening up many if not all the opportunities mentioned above.