The “German – African Business Association (AV)” is improving German- African Business relations since 80 years. It is the key German foreign trade association for businesses and institutions with an interest in Africa.
The currently 600 members can draw from a wide array of experience and knowledge. Through its quality network of contacts in Africa the Association senses the pulse of African markets and provides insights about current developments on the continent.
The AV further creates networking opportunities and represents members` interest both domestically and abroad, in order to best satisfy its members` needs and expectations.
Information is compiled in a biweekly published newsletter, and bimonthly in the „afrika wirtschaft“, a German language magazine that keeps track of German – African business relations and informs about events such as business forums, delegation visits or regional round table meetings.
Moreover, the AV offers business trips to African countries, organizes business days as well as regional, country and branch specific events about current hot topics. These include country forums like the German-Angolan Business Forum, the German-Kenyan Business Forum, the German-Nigerian Business Forum and the German-South African-Business Forum. The AV additionally offers an annual industry forum for topics like energy, finance or infrastructure.
Members` interests are represented in the leading policy bodies and institutions in African states, as well as in Brussels and Germany. Here, the AV can rely on its wide network within the German political Africa scene. Moreover, the Association will take over the presidency of the European Business Council for Africa and the Mediterranean (EBCAM) in 2014, which will raise its clout on the European level. AV is also part of the two biggest regional initiatives of the German economies for North Africa and the Middle-East (NMI) and for Southern Africa (SAFRI).