AFRICALLIA, from May 27 to 29, 2020 in Ouagadougou

Tuesday 18/02/2020. The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Handicraft, Mr. Harouna KABORE, proceeded in Ouagadougou to the official launch of the 7th edition of AFRICALLIA.  Initiated by the Burkina Faso Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2010, AFRICALLIA is a multisectoral forum that promotes international business development.

Built on the concept of B2B business meetings, AFRICALLIA differs from traditional trade fairs because it is a unique platform offering individual and personalized business meetings between ECOWAS companies and the rest of the world. The Forum is designed for SMEs in search of strategic alliances; it allows executives and business leaders to travel around the world in 48 hours in one place, seeking for technological, commercial or financial alliances.

“The forum offers real opportunities for SMEs of our economic zone to meet and build business relationships with each other and with other companies from around the world,” said Mr. Oumar Yugo, Chairman of the Steering Committee of AFRICALLIA 2020.

Since its initiation, AFRICALLIA has seen a growing number of participants which has increased from 330 at the first edition in 2010, to 750 at the 2019 edition organized in Abidjan in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ivory Coast. In total, more than 3,000 business leaders from Africa, America, Asia and Europe participated in the different editions of the forum.

In terms of spin-offs, AFRICALLIA made a major contribution in the merging  of West African economies and has helped with the development of economic and commercial relations between the region and other parts of the world.

The 7th edition of the forum will be held from May 27-29, 2020 at the Ouagadougou International Conference Centre. Five hundred (500) participants from at least twenty (20) countries are expected to attend.

Innovations of the 2020 edition

For this 10th anniversary of AFRICALLIA, a focus will be made on the People’s Republic of China, Russia, Turkey and the African Diasporas.

Organized thematic conferences will focus on the processes of building an African common market through the Continental African Free Trade Area, international financing of private projects, and the major structuring projects of the WAEMU.

A mini forum pertaining to the Chambers of Commerce members of the WAEMU Regional Consular Chamber will also be organized. This mini forum will be an opportunity for the West African business community to forge closer ties and to lay the foundations for the establishment of regional joint ventures.

“I already welcome the innovations announced for this edition, particularly the highlighting of financial instruments that can be mobilized to finance major private sector investment projects and the mini fair devoted to sub-regional countries,” said the Minister in charge of Commerce, who went on to say: “AFRICALLIA 2020 is an expression of the resilience of a business community that remains on its feet to support the development efforts of the President of Burkina Faso and his Government.

During this ceremony, members of the Steering Committee were officially installed by the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Handicrafts, thus marking the opening for registration to the forum.

To register, please visit the forum’s website: www.africallia.com

AFRICALLIA, travel around the world in 48 hours!!!