(TAP) – Over 3,000 economic operators, senior officials, African investment ministers from Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Guinea Conakry in addition to a hundred financial institutions and international and pan-African bodies (AfDb, IsDB, Bank of Africa, World Bank, AfricInvest, Societe Generale, etc) will partake in the 2nd edition of the international Financing Investment & Trade in Africa (FITA 2019), due on February 5-6 in Tunis, President of the Tunisia Africa Business Council (TABC) Bassem Loukil announced.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday in Tunis, to provide an overview on this event, Loukil said that “FITA 2019” is organised following the success of the 1st edition organised at the initiative of the TABC in partnership with the ministries of Development, Investment and International Co-operation, of Trade and of Foreign Affairs.
The event aims to evaluate the funding, trade and investment situation in Tunisia and Africa, present the funding offers and mechanisms on the African continent and establish a space of opportunities and meetings between pan-African economic development bodies, bankers, capital-providers, investment funds and experts.
The conference also aims to present the emerging alternative financial solutions, including the development capital, crowdfunding and credit-insurance that can complement African traditional banking offer.
It will also be an occasion for several African countries to present their economic development plans, structuring investment projects, in particular in private public partnership (PPP), and funding modalities.
Taking the floor, FITA 2019 General Commissioner Habib Karouali pointed out that the ambition is to make of this meeting an annual key African event, especially as over 2,000 B2B meetings will be on the agenda.
The goal is to create an environment conducive to exchange, a proximity framework favouring a productive dialogue between decision-makers and key actors of public and private sectors, international investors, international financial and investment promotion institutions, he added.
Karouali specified that Cote d’Ivoire and Mali will be honour guests in this conference and two special sessions “Investment in Mali” and “Investment in Cote d’Ivoire” will be scheduled on the fringes of this edition.