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BioNB are seeking interest to participate in an outgoing mission to Washington DC – to meet with African delegations.

NOTE: This opportunity has expired or is an event which has already taken place.

The Opportunity:

Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit:
June 24th to 26th, 2018
Washington, DC


Sector – Cleantech, AgriTech, ITC, natural resources ( the event covers 14 economic sectors particularly manufacturing; agribusiness; power & energy; infrastructure & construction; logistics & transportation; IT; tourism; telecoms & ICT; and natural resources)
Market – Developing market
Export Status – Export Ready or Pilot Ready for Developing Market Validation
Costs: Participation Fee (῀$800) per company plus registration fee for conference ($335)

This is a fact-finding mission to Washington, DC from June 24th to 26th, 2018, to coincide with the Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit.

This mission will provide companies with the opportunity to look at developing markets in Africa without having to travel to the African continent. Company support will include: pre-conference support, matchmaking with African delegates and on-site meeting support.

The sectors of interest include: Wastewater treatment; biofertilizers; environmental engineering; power management; crop analytics via drone-based technology; indoor farming; energy management information systems; waste-to-energy systems; offshore dynamic analysis; software to help commercial property managers and consumers in changing the way they consume electricity; thermal energy storage; and industrial dust controlling.

The emphasis from an African perspective will be on cost and adaptability of products with business interest ranging from sophisticated solutions in the more developed economies, for example, environmental engineering, to simple solutions in the less developed markets, for example, biofertilizers; the range is diverse.

The Event – 2018 Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit

ATIGS is a prestigious biennial business conference and exhibition designed specifically to: (1) promote and facilitate international trade between the Americas, Asia, Caribbean, EU, UAE, with Africa; (2) facilitate Foreign Direct Investment in Africa; and (3) to provide a platform for businesses to expand into new markets. The ATIGS 2018 edition will gather 2000-plus key economic players from more than 70 countries including government delegations, high-profile African leaders, project developers and international investors. Washington will be the ATIGS location closest to Atlantic Canada for at least the next 10 years with 2020 in Dubai; 2022 in Beijing; 2024 in Brussels; 2026 in Addis Ababa; and 2028 in South America.

The three-day event will provide a unique platform to gain strategic knowledge about African investment opportunities and business networking. High level speakers, exhibitors, global investors, and deal making will top the agenda at ATIGS 2018, covering 14 economic sectors particularly manufacturing; agribusiness; power & energy; infrastructure & construction; logistics & transportation; IT; tourism; telecoms & ICT; and natural resources.

The ATIGS 2018 will bring together key policy makers, African Ministers, Ambassadors and senior government representatives in various intergovernmental bodies.

Benefits for Regional and SMEs

  • Africa represents significant potential for Atlantic Canada exports, particularly related to clean growth and climate change. With over 130 representatives from African trade development organizations and investment promotion agencies, mission participants will have the opportunity to gather information and establish connections in their prime areas of interest. Atlantic Canada has been the incubator for many SMEs with a focus towards clean growth and clean technologies.
  • Attendees at the conference will also be able to network with delegates, speakers and exhibitors from other countries where there may be export or partnering opportunities.
  • It will also provide opportunities for companies to interface with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) who are either headquartered in Washington, such as the World Bank, or expected to be represented, such as the African Development Bank (AfDB).
  • Given the content of the conference, the location within a few hours travel, and the depth and breadth of the summit opportunities and the participants, we feel this is an opportunity well worth exploring.

If you are interested in attending please let us know by March 15th (express your interest by completing this survey).
Full commitment to participate will be sought in May.

Industry groups working collaboratively towards job creation and economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador through the support of increased trade and investment activities


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