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‘Africa Gateway’ Portal to provide key business Insights into Promising African Markets

By: Graphic Business
H.E. Hamad Buamim, President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
H.E. Hamad Buamim, President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Dubai Chamber) has announced the launch of a new website that delivers key insights into the burgeoning markets of Africa.

The website is titled ‘Africa Gateway,’ the online portal and will acts as a rich knowledge resource designed to equip users with essential information on the most promising countries in the continent to do business, with statistics, strengths and weaknesses, challenges and opportunities the main elements.

Accessed via Dubai Chamber’s website at  , Africa Gateway currently provides an extensive business overview of 10 African countries; Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, with more countries to be added in future upgrades.

 The portal details vital information about each one, including demographics, political outlook, economy, key sectors, trade, foreign investment, business environment and current relationship with the UAE.

 The platform also represents a major plank in Dubai and the UAE’s drive to step up business relationships with Africa.

“Africa Gateway was established to provide a comprehensive country profile of the most important markets in Africa and to help Dubai and UAE businesspersons in their evaluation of countries where they are considering expanding into,”.

 As such, it represents one of the main tools in Dubai Chamber’s armoury to scale up commercial relations with public sector and private sector entities across the continent,” the CEO and President of Dubai Chamber.  H.E. Hamad Buamim, indicated.

This was contained in release issued by the Chamber on July 17. 

Enhancing Business connections   

 The move was based on a directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, who has requested that all those who represent the country’s business sector do their utmost to enhance business connections with countries in the continent in recognition that it represents a key partner for Dubai and the UAE’s sustainable development.

Africa Gateway, the content of which is developed in collaboration with Economist IU, aims to provide those who are considering making investments in Africa or conducting business in the continent with valuable data and trend analyses to help guide the decision-making process.

Dubai Chamber’s new website is a tangible result of the organisation’s commitment to harvesting business data about Africa to support its operations across the continent.

 Tackling the dearth of hard information for Dubai and UAE-based enterprises about the business environment in many African countries, the chamber commissions regular reports on the continent and has published five to date.

The reports complement Dubai Chamber’s other significant business activities in Africa, which include regular high-level trade missions between the regions and four international offices, one each operating out of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique.  

Africa Gateway has been launched four months ahead of the fifth edition of the Global Business Forum on Africa in November 2019, which is being organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

 About the chamber
Established in 1965, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.