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INDUSTRY GROWTH, INVESTMENT AND
COMPETITIVENESS IN AFRICA (IGICA) WEBSITE

8-10 JUNE 2009

ABUJA, NIGERIA

..IGICA’09 IS CREATING A UNIQUE AND INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS FOR INDUSTRIAL GROWTH IN AFRICA..

..WE ARE BUILDING A BRIDGE BETWEEN INDUSTRY, ENTREPRENEURS, R&D ORGANISATIONS, HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORLD-WIDE INVESTORS..

The International landscape for industrial growth, investment and competitiveness is fertile. The opportunities and returns for Africa's Businesses are very high

In February 2008, Nigeria President Yar'Adua stated that Nigeria is facing the challenges of steering the economy towards global economic integration through trade liberalization, bilateral and multilateral cooperation and trans border investment flows, which are essential for creating an enabling environment for private sector participation in the economy.

With foreign investment into microfinance across the globe tripling to $4 billion between 2004 and 2006, the impact of microfinance is being felt all over the world. There is an urgent need to improve business and management skills in the microfinance industry in Africa to make sure this money is used to help people from the world's poorest communities establish business and industry. In 2008, Prime Minister Brown Announced Plans to Unlock the Power of Financial Services for Africa’s Poor. Where UK Department For International Development (DFID) will help ensure more people in African countries have the necessary skills to make microfinance schemes work successfully.

The United States obligated $505 million to trade capacity building (TCB) activities in sub-Saharan Africa in 2007 financial year, this is up 26% from 2006 financial year. Cumulative U.S. Trade Capacity Building to sub-Saharan Africa from 2001 to 2007 year totalled $1.6 billion Additionally, in February 2008, former President Bush announced that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation would support five new private equity investment funds focused on sub-Saharan Africa, with a combined target capitalization of $875 million.

We are therefore delighted to announce the International Conference on Industry Growth, Investment and Competitiveness in Africa (IGICA). This will take place from June 8 to 10, 2009 in Abuja, Nigeria, under the Patronage of the Nigerian Government and hosted by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. We know, without a doubt, that IGICA will become the best and most prestigious combined event for the industry, knowledge base and investment organisations aiming to grow in Africa.

IGICA International Conference provides the opportunities to discuss the various national and international investment opportunities and how it will impact on the industrial growth in Africa.

IGICA will provide networking opportunities as the bridges between the private sector and governments, between emerging markets and developed markets, between small businesses and international private sector and between Universities and industry.

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