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The 7th edition of Africallia to take place in May this year

More than 500 business leaders from around 20 African countries and other parts of the world will meet during the business forum that will take place at the end of May 2020. Africallia is a multisectoral forum, which promotes international business development. The event is designed for SMEs in search of strategic alliances and the development of international partnerships.



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The Permanent Secretary of the Africallia Forum, Felix Sanon, met with journalists in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, on Thursday, March 5th, 2020, during a press conference. This meeting enabled him to unveil to the media the major innovations of the 7th edition of the West African Business Development Forum, called Africallia.

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Africallia will be held from May 27th to 29th, 2020

Scheduled to take place from May 27th to 29th, 2020, in Ouagadougou, Africallia will bring together more than 500 business leaders from about 20 countries in Africa and the rest of the world. Indeed, after Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire in 2019, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso (CCI-BF) will meet with business leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the rest of the world, in Ouagadougou, for the 7th edition of this multisectoral business development forum.

On the sidelines of this activity, the permanent secretary of the forum, Félix Sanon, met with the journalists of the city of Bobo-Dioulasso to announce the major points of the event. Thus, during the press conference, the conditions of participation and the program were unveiled to media professionals. According to the permanent secretary of the forum, Africallia offers the opportunity for participants to schedule fifteen personalized appointments through B to B meetings.

It is an event during which several hundred business leaders from ECOWAS will meet other leaders of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from around the world, to exchange on possible business alliances in various fields.

Africallia will lead to the development of international partnerships

“Africallia aims to enable business leaders to meet potential partners and initiate, during B to B meetings, discussions that will lead to the development of international partnerships in the form of commercial, financial, strategic or technological alliances. Each company participating in Africallia is entitled to a maximum of 15 formal business meetings,” Permanent Secretary Felix Sanon said.

In addition to personalized business meetings, the program will include industrial visits, thematic conferences, and several networking opportunities, all in a friendly atmosphere. Business leaders wishing to participate are invited to fill out a registration form, specifying their sectors of activity and areas of interest on the platform.

Registrations for Africallia can be done online

“Registration can be made online. The contribution fees amount to $453.06 (FCFA 260,000) for a participant and $261.38 (FCFA 150,000) for a second participant from the same company and with the same schedule of appointments. To encourage the participation of young entrepreneurs in the country, the Chamber of Commerce subsidizes 50% of the participation of 50 young men and 50 women from Burkina Faso,” he said.

In addition, the President of the WAEMU Regional Chamber, Abdoulaye Sory, and the Board of the Chamber of Commerce of the Hauts-Bassins decided to make an extra effort by taking full responsibility for the registration of 50 young men and women entrepreneurs in the Grand Ouest. That is to say 30 participants from the Hauts-Bassins, and 20 others for the other regions, namely the South-West, the Boucle du Mouhoun and the Cascades.


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