The Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft (German-African Business Association) promotes trade with and investments in African countries. The association has more than 650 members, including German multinationals and a large number of small and medium-sized companies.
For more than 75 years, the “Afrika-Verein” has been the main point of contact in Germany for the African public and private sector, serving as their gateway to German enterprises with business interests in Africa. The “Afrika-Verein” organises business trips to Germany, information days and economic forums, and helps its African partners to make contact with select business partners. The Association cooperates with approximately 25 partner organisations in Africa and maintains a network of honorary representatives on the continent. For its members, the association offers a range of services such as regular briefings on economic and political developments in Africa, as well as help in establishing individual contacts.
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 “Afrikaverein” 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 “Afrika-Verein” 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 “Afrika-Verein” additionally offers an annual industry forum for topics like energy, finance or infrastructure. The regional round tables are platforms for successful network building among interested businesses within Germany.
Members` interests are represented in the leading policy bodies and institutions in African states, as well as in Brussels and Germany. Here, the “Afrika-Verein” 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).