Aliko Dangote to Address Global Leaders at the 2nd Africa Global Business Forum in Dubai

Aliko Dangote owns the Dangote conglomerate

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, whose business activities drive economic growth across the continent has confirmed his presence at the 2nd Africa Global Business Forum, taking place on October 1st and 2nd in Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.

Mr. Dangote will join in drawing out the story of the rapid change and global integration of Africa and Dubai, providing tangible insights into the two regions’ opportunities, challenges and synergies.

Organised by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the forum will explore new business partnerships and opportunities arising between Africa and Dubai.

In its strategy of expanding into the African continent, Dubai has become a major trading partner for the region as the emirate’s non-oil trade with the continent increased by 141%, up from AED 37.9 billion in 2008 to AED 91.3 billion ($25 billion) in 2013.

Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber, said: “The participation of prominent speakers from Africa reflects on the importance of the forum being held in Dubai. This will lead to enhanced bilateral relationship between the emirate and leading countries of the African continent.”

He further said that the participation of Aliko Dangote will enrich the discussion with his experience and ideas for the benefit of all the participants of this important forum.

According to a Dubai Chamber statistics, African companies operating in Dubai have seen a percentage growth of 171% from the period from 2008 to mid-2014.

The sectors under which African companies operate in Dubai included Trade (60%); Construction (14.8%); Logistics (8.2%); Real Estate (8.1%); Manufacturing (2.5%); Agriculture (0.2%) and Tourism and hospitality (0.9%).

At present there are 414 Nigerian companies registered with Dubai Chamber and operate in Dubai.

Supporting Dubai and Africa’s trade and connectivity is Emirates airline serving 21 major African destinations in addition to four cargo destinations while flydubai serves six destinations across major African countries.

The 2nd Africa Global Business Forum 2014 is by invitation only and will assemble high-level decision makers on the global business scene, including African Heads of State, Ministers, prominent CEOs operating globally, heads of private banks, sovereign wealth funds and private equity firms.

International speakers include: Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; Armando Guebuza, President of Republic of Mozambique; Amama Mbabazi, Prime Minister of Uganda; Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank Group; Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman & CEO, The Blackstone Group; Tony Fernandes, Group CEO, Air Asia. Emirati speakers include H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO, Emirates Airline and Group; H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Managing Director, Dubai Expo 2020; H.E. Sultan Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy ,H.E. Mohammed I. Al Shaibani, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), H.E Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP and many more.

The forum is organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry with content developed by The Economist Events. The forum title partner is Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), Julphar as strategic partner with Dubai Islamic Bank and Nakheel as gold sponsors; Dubai Investments as silver sponsor; and Standard Bank and ECOWAS as official partners.


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  • just kennie

    Apparently Femi, you forgot to tell us the first person to pardon an ex convict and a fugitive who is now running for an election.
    You forgot to tell us the only president who said stealing is not corruption.
    Also you’ve not told us the president who sees 16 as being more than 19, under who’s watch, 7 people lead the house of 24.
    Money is developing legs and wings, an corruption institutionalised. Impunity is the order of the day. You didn’t see all of this.

    • Jacky Appian

      Wrong, Alams was pardoned by Yat Adua in a letter before he died.
      Alams served his time in jail, he forfeited his property to Nigeria, his loot returned and was jailed. GEJ only actioned what Yar Adua had promised. Do some research

      • Samadani

        Characteristics of chronic corruption. Why will Alams be pardoned and allowed to contest an election after been convicted as a serial looter. This small stealing that is mistaken for corruption must end soon.

      • Scatter

        “[F]orfeited his property to Nigeria”? Was or were the properties his in the first place? What really are you trying to prove? Alams was in hospital all of the time he was supposed to be in jail, faking illness (like that useless big thief Cecilia Ibru). I don’t think he has been hospitalised ever since he was wrongly pardoned by the Yar’Adua-Jonathan presidency. Or was Jonathan not Yar Adu’a’s Vice-President at the time of the scandalous pardon?

    • Bola Dada

      Actually, the first person to pardon an ex-convict would be Abdusalam Abubakar when he pardoned Obasanjo who was serving a life sentence. 16/19 Governors forum nonsense has no bearing on Nigerians.

  • Taj

    Femi Aribisala… Lie lie*** we’ve got our mind made up!!! so try again**

    • amaye

      My friend speak for ursef.who is we?

      • Taj

        Guy, ‘we’ as in we the buharists.. not you the Jonathanians.

      • VOTEoutGEJ!

        We the sensible and visionary Nigerians. You, the retards of the land

      • Scatter

        Yes, he speaks for me, too!

  • Ekerete Etukudo

    Hence, the reason buhari cannot debate GEJ. And yet there are the clueless crack heads calling for him (buhari) to rule Nigeria. How can a man that is afraid of the cameras face boko haram you ask? Simple! He’s one of them; that’s why he’s refused to go to the cameras for the debate(s).

    • tundemash

      Was Jona afraid of camera in 2011 when he dodged the debate ?
      The hunter has now become the hunted; PDP begging for a debate with opposition. After 6vyrs in power, should JOna need a debate to convince Nigerians to vote for him ? Shouldn’t his performance speak for him?

      Meanwhile, your Dumbo has been bursted by AU again …

  • EMMANUEL OWOLABI

    Femi Aribisala, I have never stopped wondering what type of personality you are. You just deride yourself by publishing rubbish after rubbish everyday. You are either desecrating the holy books and the Church of God or vomiting arrant trash. I know, you and Jonathan are two of a kind, empty, attention-seeking and clueless. Femi, you are a perfect example of what is wrong with Nigeria. You vomit rubbish and you keep repeating the rubbish with the hope that people will believe the rubbish. Femi, if you had to descend to this pit to survive, you must have wasted your youth. Go back to God for mercy and restoration.

    • VOTEoutGEJ!

      What amazes me is Femi Aribisala being a pastor

      • Scatter

        Pastor ke? With this confusion? How can any good pastor support a man who has presided over the theft of US$20bn of his country’s money? Only in Nigeria! I pity anyone who listens to his sermons.

  • Saint

    Facts, Facts, GEJ till 2019.. He is far better than Buhari..

    • Scatter

      Yeah, so that he could steal US$20bn again every 18 months, eh?

      • 4dtruthonly

        In reality do you think it’s just easy to steal US$20bn? How easy it’s for your children to steal your money where you and your wife are around.

        • Scatter

          Well, Dr Dumbo Dumbo and Diezzybabe have proved how easy it is to rob an oil country of US20bn in only the space of 18 months. It’s the biggest public accounting fraud in world history.
          If you still believe the money wasn’t stolen, then ask the woman on the driving seat of the get-away car and the car owner himself to release the report of KPMG’s ‘forensic audit’ commissioned by no other persons than the duo in question. Will you oblige me, please?

  • samson john

    Real fact,God bless u.open ur eye dnt be deceive by APC propaganda, vote GEJ as president

  • Mr AS Y

    It is good you are expressing yourself as an intellectual coward, educated yet doesn’t comprehend between being self centered and realistic, always irrational in your expression of views.I Come to understand that you are excellent in the defense of wrongdoing. I commend you for that. You are as confused as your paymaster. ADios..

  • Amir

    Comparing Iroko tree with rotten creek wood. A superior president that bought foreign currency from the black market and abandoned his country’s $9 million for his fellow president to use and run his own country?

  • muazzam

    useless posts……

  • Mba philip

    Political sentiments apart, are these things so?

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Under Buhari the Naira was stronger than the US dollar. Today, after the transformation magic of Jonathan/PDP travesty, $1= #240. Who says Nigeiria is not winning under a classless and clueless government. Aribisala is a beggar who has no regard for morality or ethics in his hit-man assignment for the most corrupt administration in the nation’s history.

    • Bigzy

      Under Buhari’s military dictatorship between 1983 -1985, the naira exchange rate dropped 33% from 0.75 to 1.08 to the dollar and our national debts rose significantly in under 2 years from 14 billion
      US dollars to a whooping 18 billion, placing Nigeria in a situation where she could no longer meets it obligations to global bankers. The truth wears no disguise.

  • Scatter

    FEMI ARIBISALA AND THE CLOWN PRINCE OF NIGERIAN POLITICS

    So, so, so sad to see such a brain go to waste. Femi Aribisala, an Oxford-educated PhD, campaigning for a fake PhD holder Dumbo Dumbo who has presided over the biggest fraud of any government in world history.

    General Buhari has never claimed to have a PhD. But at least this “semi-illiterate jackboot” (according to PDP’s National Secretary) can express himself well in English and his native Hausa.

    Femi’s political role model Dr Dumbo Dumbo can’t string together two logical and grammatically correct sentences in English consecutively. And possibly not even in Ijaw either. Yet Femi touts him as someone Buhari would fear to engage in a public debate. How did we get it so wrong by having this Clown Prince as President of Africa’s most populous nation? What a shame, what a tragedy!

  • Scatter

    Too late, Femi. Not even my dog is persuaded by your arguments.

  • me

    Mr Aribisala. I agree. he is a superior candidate for you and your household. Take him to rule wherever you come from. Chikena.

  • dave jacob

    Unfortunately for the man, he is behaving contrarily to the meaning of his name. He is indeed Aribisamala!

  • Taiwo

    Sir, when did you join the Federal Office of Statistics? Or I believe these figures are manufactured by you.
    Remember, there was a time you wrote that a return ticket of train from Iddo to Ijoko costs less than N150.00 and I asked you the station where I can buy the ticket because I as a regular patron of the railway pays N460.00 return ticket between Oshodi and Agege. This alone negates your argument. At least that is common knowledge to the masses.

  • Garden-City Boy

    The difference between the Jonathan candidacy and Buharis is just as that between light and darkness. You don’t compare a genial, large-hearted, humble, compassionate President Jonathan with the personification of everything that is evil.
    Here is a man who even lies about his own basic identity. The fiendish, old sick and tired bloodhound. He had “ASSUMED ALL ALONG” that his name is MUHAMMADU BUHARI, whereas it has indeed been MOHAMED BUHARI or both. This raises question as to whether he has been impersonating someone all his life and masquerading as mohammadu Buhari. An insane power-starved numskull is caught consumed by Tinubu’s ipad. A conference was in session; a lascivious presidential aspirant is so captivated by the porn show on an electronic device that he would masturbate.
    The platform for comparison between deviant alhaji Muhamadu Buhari, alias Mohamed Buhari, who is the law unto himself, and our law-abiding President Jonathan whose respect for democratic principles is never in doubt. Nigerians will again reject MohamedBuhari, Alias Muhamadu Buhari. This time, we will not only dump him into the same dumpster. We will secure that he remains there for good with a custom-made padlock.

  • Bigzy

    Digging deep into Buhari’s record, “… we begin to glean the picture of a man who does not live up to the myth of what the press makes him to be. I went through figures for the economy between 1983 and 85 when Buhari was Head of State and noticed that while he was busy executing young people (using back dated decrees), closing down newspaper houses, jailing journalists, canceling people-oriented projects like Jakande’s Lagos Rail and sacking workers from Ajaokuta Steel, the economy was nose-diving daily. Our GDP dropped consistently for 2 years, our GDP per capita fell consistently too ($428.13 in 1983 to $330.98 in 1985), the naira exchange rate dropped 33% from 0.75 to 1.08 to the dollar and our national debts rose significantly in under 2 years from 14 billion US dollars to a whooping 18 billion, placing Nigeria in a situation where she could no longer meets it obligations to global bankers.”.