Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika who is currently in London to attend a Global African Investment Summit will this week plead with the movers and shakers of the world economy worth billions of money to invest in Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa, because the southern African country which is best known for its friendliness is open for business.
The Malawian leader and other leading heads of state from nine African countries joins the continent’s most influential entrepreneurs to strike key deals with perceptive investors at a game changing event in London.
Rwandan flamboyant leader, President Paul Kagame alongside Mutharika, will be among the key figures in attendance to address the trade and investment themed summit.
President Mutharika is expected to lure the global business magnets, investors, tycoon and organisations to come to Malawi to invest because the Malawi is a safe haven for business and has a thriving atmosphere with a conducive environment for trade and investment in a bid to boost Africa’s development.
Malawi, a hidden gem, is one of Africa’s smallest countries, with about 20 percent of its area occupied by the magnificent Lake Malawi – Africa’s third biggest lake.
Malawi’s northern boundary comes within nine degrees of the equator, with Tanzania lying to the north, Zambia to the west and Mozambique to the east and south.
Delegations from Malawi, Ghana, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, just to mention a few are attending the annual Global African Investment Summit (TGAIS) at Central Hall, Westminster, to showcase the most bankable projects available in their home countries.
These include opportunities in agribusiness, natural resources, power and transport infrastructure among other things.
Across the two days, presidents finance ministers, business captains and CEOs from state owned enterprises will get the opportunity to build relationships with more than 1,000 global investors including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity and asset management firms.
Collectively, the investors represent more than £4. 5 billion ($7 billion) of capital representing an increase of 25 percent on last year’s inaugural event.
Billionaires Aliko Dangote of the Dangote Group, and oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija – the richest black woman in the world – will also be in attendance.
In an interview with Nyasa Times director of the Global African Investment Summit, Paul Sinclair the summit is of great importance to the African region as well as to the investors.
“Two key factors driving the increase in investor in the 2015 summit are, firstly, the opportunity to establish relationships, and directly engage with very senior government representatives and project developers in one join forum,” said Sinclair.
“Secondly, economic factors – Africa registered five percent GDP in 2014, beating the global average by 1.5 percent, so the continent remains an attractive and important destination for investors,” added Sinclair.
British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond, MP called the gathering in his statement which was made available to Nyasa Times “the largest and most prestigious African investment summits in the world.”
Hammond wrote in the statement: “The fact that it is taking place in the UK is testament to the deep links between the UK and the (African) continent. Africa’s economic success is of global importance: a prosperous, safe and secure world must have Africa at its heart.”
Hammond will be joined at the summit by UK Trade Minister Lord Frances and James Duddridge MP, Minister for Africa.
According to the latest United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) annual report on foreign direct investment (FDI), while investment globally, fell by 16 percent in 2014, FDI flows in Africa remained stable at £54 billion and flows in sub Saharan rose 5 percent to $42 billion, riding out challenges such as falling commodity prices.
Dr Carlos Lopes, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa told Nyasa Times: “The outcomes of the summit will present a chance for Africa to use trade as an entry point for industrialisation, and play a modern role in the world.”
Sinclair, a British Ghanaian who is passionate about the development of the African continent, said the summit’s purpose is “focused squarely on transaction and the role of foreign direct investment in both the public and private sector across Africa.”
He said the summit will stimulate social and economic growth and that includes things like poverty reduction, creating middle income economies narrowing the gap between the GDP and human development industries – things that will directly benefit Africans themselves.
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