Webinar Recap: Challenges and opportunities for the West African economy in the face of COVID-19

africon CEO and Partner Marc-Peter Zander presented at the webinar “Challenges and opportunities for the West African economy in the face of COVID-19” organised by the BVMW. Further presentations were held by Andreas Jahn, Head of Politics and Foreign Trade at the BVMW and Bienvenue Angui, Managing Director of the Africa SME Alliance.

Key topics revolved around how West African countries deal with the current pandemic, as well as a look at existing and emerging business opportunities.

As key take-aways, it is clear that West Africa faces a difficult situation with disrupted supply chains and GDP decreases. However, governments have taken initiatives to support businesses. In Nigeria the oil dependency displays a huge challenge, but the economy starts to diversify more which will create opportunities in other sectors.

See more of our webinars that we  speak at or organise in our news section .

Slide of the month (SOTM) July. The future of Africa’s independent automotive aftermarkets

africon recently presented at Messe Frankfurt Middle East: Automechanika Dubai’s webinar titled “Africa’s independent aftermarket (IAM) – a look at the current situation and future potential”.

In a webinar poll, they asked the 237 attendees from 65 countries if the African automotive aftermarkets will play an important role for their business in a post-COVID future. In total, more than 70% of the participants “strongly agreed” or “agreed”. The poll results show that there is indeed a significant interest in Africa. africon strongly believes in the African continent and with our role of bridging potentials, we are continuing to help reduce cost, risk and time for IAM companies.

The webinar is currently available on-demand for people to watch.

If you have any questions. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Read other SOTMs (Slides of the month) here.

Slide of the month (SOTM) June. Consumer goods across Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) May. Glass production in Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) April. The sugar industry in East Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) March. The rope manufacturing industry in Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) February. Obtaining finance in Côte d’Ivoire

 

 

africon is the knowledge partner for the African markets for Automechanika Dubai 2020

africon is proud to have been selected as a knowledge partner for the African markets by Automechanika Dubai 2020. The trade show is the platform of the automotive aftermarket for Africa, bringing together firms and industry stakeholders from around the world.

We are looking forward to a number of speaking opportunities on and before the fair, as well as to providing insights about the African automotive aftermarkets to the team of Automechanika in Dubai. This year, it will take place from October 19 – 21. If you have not yet registered for the fair, or if you are interested to attend, you can find further information here.

Webinar: Focus on Africa- A look at business opportunities, growing markets and how to find the right talent

We would like to invite you a webinar Focus on Africa: A Look at Business Opportunities, Growing Markets and How to Find the Right Talent happening on 30th  July, 2020 at 14:00 CET (13:00 Nigerian time).

Speakers

Christian Tegethoff, Managing Director, CT Executive Search will be presenting on executive search in Africa.

  • Africa: a diverse continent with distinct labour markets.
  • Expat or local: How do European companies fill their executive roles?
  • Executive search in and for Africa.
  • Current development on selected HR markets.

Marc Zander, Managing Partner and CEO africon GmbH will be presenting on business opportunities for foreign companies in Africa.

  • Africa’s growth markets and sectors.
  • Doing business in Africa

The webinar will be free to attend.

If you would like to participate please register here

For more details contact jean.wandimi@africon.de

 

Rewatch the webinar: Africa’s independent aftermarkets – a look at the current situation and future potential

africon CEO and Partner, Marc- Peter Zander, will be presenting at Messe Frankfurt Middle East: Automechanika Dubai’s webinar titled “Africa’s independent aftermarket (IAM) – a look at the current situation and future potential”.

In case you missed this webinar or would like to get insights on IAM in Africa, watch the replay  here

COVID-19: A trigger for MedTech & LabTech market development in East Africa

We would like to invite you to the COVID-19: A trigger for MedTech & LabTech market development in East Africa webinar.

It will take place on 2nd July 2020. 11:00 am – 12:45 pm EAT (East African Time) or 10:00 am – 11:45 am CEST (Central European Summer Time). It will be conducted by Dr. Franz von Roenne, EZ-Scout at SPECTARIS, africon GmbH and East African Health Platform (EAHP). Aneth Herman, Junior Consultant- africon, will be giving insights on the EAC MedTech and LabTech market size, major players and potential partnerships between local and international companies.

In this free webinar, you will learn how the COVID-19 virus is changing the demands for medical and laboratory technology. The findings will be presented by the SPECTARIS association partner East African Health Platform, an umbrella organisation of the non-governmental health industry in the 6 member countries of the EAC: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan.

You will get an overview of trends and perspectives in the region and get to know the viewpoint of users through hospital managers and/or investors from three of the countries. Although the crisis is still in full swing, it is already becoming clear in East Africa that technological changes which are underway, but overdue, will be accelerated by COVID-19.

Contributors are: Dr. Thomas Walter (head of the BMZ-funded project Support to Regional Industrial Value Addition in the EAC and an expert on the economy and economic policy of the EAC), a representative of a large regional investor in health care facilities, CEOs of private hospitals, and, on the topic of business models, a senior manager of a producer of life science technology in the EAC.

We are looking forward to your registration, which you can make via this link.

Africa’s independent aftermarkets – a look at the current situation and future potential webinar

africon CEO and Partner, Marc- Peter Zander, will be presenting at Messe Frankfurt Middle East: Automechanika Dubai’s webinar titled “Africa’s independent aftermarket (IAM) – a look at the current situation and future potential”.

africon will be presenting insights on the automotive independent aftermarket situation in Africa and will cover:

  • The current state of the IAM in Africa – How to prepare for the scenario presented after COVID-19
  • Reducing the dependency from Asia in the IAM – Is Africa the next growth market?
  • Macro trends driving growth in Africa, the last untapped market

Marc will be joined by Vishal Pandey from Glasgow Consulting Group who will be moderating this session.

You are invited to register for the webinar here

Challenges and opportunities for the West African economy in the face of COVID-19 Webinar

With an estimated average growth rate of 3.7% in 2019, West Africa is a booming market with more than 350 million inhabitants spread across the sub-region. The willingness to invest is mainly due to the region’s good profitability prospects. This trend is caused by West Africa’s diverse natural resources, human resources and a large economic market.

The BVMW’s Africa SME Alliance is therefore organising a series of webinars titled “Africa Roadshow” and invites you via video conference to an exclusive West Africa webinar on 30 June 2020 at 4 p.m. (GMT+2) with the guest of honour, the Ambassador of Ghana, H.E. Ms Gina Ama Blay.

You will get an exclusive insight into the economies of West Africa in the time after the COVID-19 crisis with a focus on Ghana. Ghana is one of the most economically sought-after countries in this area. With more than 27 million consumers Ghana is the second largest market in West Africa. It is now not only one of the best countries to do business in Africa, but also has the fastest growing economy in the world, as noted by the report “Ease of Doing Business”, published by the World Bank in 2019. The excellent framework conditions for European companies offer attractive business opportunities and new target markets for German SMEs. This is particularly true in the agricultural industry, energy, financial services, infrastructure and the real estate sector. In particular, healthcare and investments in supply chains have become sectors of the future with the Covid 19 pandemic.

africon CEO and Partner Marc-Peter Zander will be one of the experts presenting at the conference.

The webinar will be held in English.

Register and read more here

Our March newsletter is out. Read about our latest news, projects and developments.

Our March newsletter is out! We have had a great start to the first quarter of the year. We trust that you have too. Despite recent global turbulence, we have so far seen strong interest in the African continent and its potential, which is making us look forward to a promising rest of the year. The past months have seen some very interesting developments for africon.

Read all that and more here  

Subscribe here

Sustainable Economy at the German-African Economic Forum NRW 2020 in Dortmund

The demographic development on the continent and the consequences of climate change require a rethinking of the relationship between Germany and Africa. Therefore, sustainable business is of great relevance for companies in Africa. However, these environmental and social challenges also present opportunities for young entrepreneurs.

Marc Zander, africon Partner and CEO moderated the panel on sustainable economy at the “German-African Economic Forum NRW” on 18.02.2020 in Dortmund. Among the panelists were representatives of the Sparkassenstiftung Internationale Kooperation e.V., the German Agency for Business and Economic Development, and start-up entrepreneurs with innovative business concepts in Africa.

Only a partnership-based relationship for German enterprises and cooperation at eye level promises sustainable economic success. Moreover, African interests should be heard and positions from the continent should be included.

In conclusion, the panelists emphasized that sustainability and profitability are not mutually exclusive but are aspirations that go hand in hand for the success of every company.