Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who can attend AFSIC – Investing in Africa?

How does AFSIC work?

What type of executive attends AFSIC?

As an African business leader why should I attend AFSIC?

What type of Investors attend AFSIC?

As an Investor why should I attend AFSIC?

What kind of African companies attend AFSIC?

How do I arrange meetings with Investors or African companies at AFSIC?

What are the Country Sessions?

What is the focus or theme of this conference?

What is the format of interaction for the Networking sessions?

What is the format of interaction for the Quickfire sessions?

How long are the solo, panel and country session presentations?

I want to raise money for a project or my company in Africa. How can you assist?

What size of Investments are appropriate to promote at AFSIC?

How do I see who is exhibiting? Is there a floor plan?

Who is speaking at the conference?

Can I reserve a meeting space to facilitate one to one meetings at AFSIC?

How long is the AFSIC Event and Meeting app operational?

Why is AFSIC held in Europe and not in Africa?

Do you Provide Delegate Lists?

Can I attend AFSIC for one day only?

Do you provide sponsorship to attend AFSIC?

Why do we need to pay British VAT on our Delegate Tickets if we live overseas?

Language Requirements

Do I need a Visa?

Dietary Requests

Where can I get the conference printable agenda?

How can my organization become a conference sponsor?

How do I register to attend AFSIC?

Can I register a group of delegates?

Can I send someone in my place if I am unable to attend?

What is the cancellation policy for the conference?

Is there an AFSIC hotel booking code?

Are translation facilities available? 

Who can attend AFSIC – Investing in Africa?

Anybody may register and attend AFSIC – Investing in Africa.

How does AFSIC work?

AFSIC – Investing in Africa, now in its 8th year, takes place 5th to 7th May 2021 in London. AFSIC – Investing in Africa, is believed to be the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa.

AFSIC is entirely focused on highlighting Africa’s most promising investment opportunities and offering Africa’s business leaders the opportunity to hold highly focused investment meetings with the continent’s most important investors and proactive dealmakers. The success of AFSIC is measured by the substantial number of successful investment transactions that arise as a result of the event.

This strong investment and networking focus is supported by:

  • A packed agenda including over 300+ speakers and country session participants plus the profiling of many of Africa’s most important investors and business leaders;
  • Multiple country sessions focused on introducing key business leaders and investors and showcasing some of the country’s top investment opportunities with informal networking time to facilitate relationship building;
  • The online African Investments Dashboard which connects investors with African investment opportunities , many of whom will be presenting in the AFSIC country sessions;
  • The popular Meet African Dealmaker event taking place on the second night of the conference which provides an opportunity for delegates to meet a range of dealmakers, such as investment bankers, debt and equity sales specialists, stockbrokers and M&A experts;
  • An integrated Event and Meeting app which goes live 4 weeks prior to the event allowing delegates to introduce themselves to each other, promote their business activities and arrange their timetable during AFSIC, thus maximizing the opportunity to hold multiple, effective and high quality meetings while at the event;
  • Multiple networking sessions, social events and lunches designed to provide delegates with the opportunity to create new profitable business alliances;
  • Dedicated meeting tables (pre-booking essential) allowing delegates to hold their meetings in a reserved location for the duration of AFSIC;
  • Evening entertainment offered by sponsors which allows informal networking in a relaxed environment.

In summary, AFSIC is specifically designed to maximize networking opportunities between business leaders in Africa, significant African investors and dealmakers such as investment bankers. Delegates will depart AFSIC with a significantly enhanced ability to originate and conclude business deals across the continent.

What type of executive attends AFSIC?

AFSIC – Investing in Africa, now in its 8th year, takes place 5th to 7th May 2021 in London. AFSIC – Investing in Africa, is believed to be the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa.

The event attracts:

  • Many of Africa’s most dynamic business leaders representing the continent’s most exciting and investor-ready African investment opportunities.
  • Africa’s most important institutional investors. These investors include listed and private equity firms, direct investors, endowments, foundations, family offices, private banks, sovereign wealth funds, DFIs, IFIs, impact investors and microfinance investors.
  • In addition, due to the strong investment focus, AFSIC attracts a wide range of Africa focused dealmakers including stockbrokers, equity and fixed income sales executives, research analysts, investment bankers, and corporate financiers, both those based in Africa and those based in major financial centers around the world. These dealmakers are very important sources of deal flow for investors, and act as an intermediary between African companies seeking new capital or new business opportunities and investors looking for high quality investment opportunities.

Investors, dealmakers and African business leaders have multiple opportunities to network with each other ranging from informal country focused sessions, networking breaks, evening entertainment, a sophisticated integrated Event and Meeting app, plus dedicated meeting tables and rooms.

As an African business leader why should I attend AFSIC?

AFSIC – Investing in Africa, now in its 8th year, takes place 5th to 7th May 2021 in London. AFSIC – Investing in Africa, is believed to be the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa. As an African business leader attending AFSIC you can:

  • Promote your company’s activities within the global investment community;
  • Hold highly focused investment meetings with the continent’s most important institutional investors;
  • Develop strong, enduring and mutually rewarding relationships with many of the leading investors globally;
  • Pre-arrange individual one on one meetings using the Event and Meeting app up to one month prior to AFSIC;
  • Avoid the requirement to travel to multiple investors in different countries by meeting a large number of investors at AFSIC in one place at one time, saving a huge amount of time and expense;
  • Extend your own African business network considerably by connecting with other business leaders from Africa;
  • Meet leading financial intermediaries and deal makers such as commercial and investment bankers, research analysts, equity and debt sales people and corporate financiers who may be of considerable use to your company’s growth strategy by facilitating debt and equity investments into your company or helping you to identify acquisition or merger opportunities on the continent.

What type of Investors attend AFSIC?

AFSIC – Investing in Africa, now in its 8th year, takes place 5th to 7th May 2021 in London. AFSIC – Investing in Africa, is believed to be the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa. AFSIC is wholly focused on providing the ultimate networking and business generation experience for Africa’s business leaders, Africa’s most important investors and dealmakers.

Africa is the second fastest growing region in the world. Global investors are positioning themselves to understand the increasingly evident investment opportunities across Africa in greater depth. However, with 54 countries in Africa travel time and costs can be prohibitive so bringing together many of the most exciting companies into one event – AFSIC – at one time has proven very attractive to investors.

As a result AFSIC is attended by a wide range of investors such as: listed and private equity funds, direct investors, endowments, foundations, family offices, infrastructure funds, private banks, sovereign wealth funds, DFIs, IFIs, impact investors, microfinance and fund of fund investors alongside a wide range of Africa-based investors.

The entire structure of AFSIC brings together investors with investment opportunities in Africa. The event has multiple investment-focused networking events while the agenda profiles the continent’s most exciting investment opportunities and most successful investors.

With business leaders from around 40+ African countries, 300+ speakers and participants in our new country sessions and an expected 1,500+ delegates, AFSIC 2021 provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to originate, research and execute highly profitable investments across the continent.

As an Investor why should I attend AFSIC?

AFSIC – Investing in Africa, now in its 8th year, takes place 5th to 7th May 2021 in London. AFSIC – Investing in Africa, is believed to be the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa. The wide spread of business leaders attending from across Africa attracts a significant proportion of major institutional investors focused on investment into Africa.

Many of Africa’s leading investors attend AFSIC because it provides them with an enhanced ability to originate, research and execute investment decisions across Africa, specifically:

  • The event profiles a substantial number of high-quality investor ready African companies from all parts of Africa with further project details accessible through the online African Investments Dashboard;
  • Investors will meet a very large number of business leaders representing many of Africa’s most investor-ready companies within a short period of time;
  • AFSIC attracts many of Africa’s key dealmakers, such as investment bankers, corporate financiers, stockbrokers, debt and equity sales teams and research analysts, providing investors with an enhanced ability to source high quality deal flow and extend their network across the continent;
  • AFSIC is attended by a wide range of investment funds from Africa, allowing cross fertilisation of investment knowledge with external investors at a highly specific country level;
  • AFSIC is attended by a range of Fund of Fund investors and LP’s who are seeking to understand the investment mandates of funds that are proactive on the continent and identifying which funds are achieving superior investment returns as potential investment targets.

The sophisticated Event and Meeting app which permits meetings at AFSIC to be booked up to a month in advance and the African Investments Dashboard which profiles most of the investment opportunities being presented, allow in-depth research and scheduling of meetings prior to the Event.

What kind of African companies attend AFSIC?

AFSIC – Investing in Africa, now in its 8th year, takes place 5th to 7th May 2021 in London. AFSIC – Investing in Africa, is believed to be the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa. The wide spread of business leaders attending from across Africa attracts a significant proportion of major institutional investors focused on investment into Africa and a wide variety of dealmakers (such as investment bankers, corporate finance executives, fixed income and equity traders and salespeople) focused on intermediating investment into Africa.

AFSIC has a strong focus on attracting inward investment into Africa’s financial services sector and you will especially benefit from attending if you are a business leader from an African company in one of the following categories: Banks, including subsidiaries of African banks; Insurance companies; Microfinance companies; Fintech companies; Leasing companies; Development Banks; Export Import focused banks and organizations; Factoring Companies; Savings & Loans companies and SACCOs; African based investment companies; fund and asset managers. In addition AFSIC hosts sector-specific sessions and business leaders in the following sectors will benefit from attending AFSIC in order to meet the very wide range of relevant investors and dealmakers: Agriculture, Construction, Education, Energy, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Natural Resources (Oil & Gas, Mining, Forestry), Retail, Technology, Tourism, Transport, Waste, Water.

Business leaders from other sectors are strongly encouraged to attend to broaden their network with investors focused on Africa and with many of the continent’s most proactive dealmakers.

How do I arrange meetings with Investors or African companies at AFSIC?

An intuitive Event and Meeting app is available to all fully registered and paid delegates one month prior to AFSIC. This app provides investors and African companies with the opportunity to arrange investment focused meetings well ahead of AFSIC.

AFSIC delegates can then communicate their investment requirements and explore investment parameters ahead of the event, resulting in highly targeted investment meetings at AFSIC. Please note that all delegates attending AFSIC are responsible for arranging their own meetings and meeting schedules are not pre-prepared for attending delegates.

Meeting tables can be pre-reserved for the duration of AFSIC to facilitate meetings. This is encouraged where delegates envisage holding multiple meetings. Alternatively, meetings can be arranged in a more casual manner at a general one on one meeting point where a limited amount of seating is available on a first come first served basis. In addition, the agenda has been designed to provide a number of networking events throughout the duration of AFSIC allowing multiple opportunities for interaction between the Senior Executives attending AFSIC.

What are the Country Sessions?

Africa is a huge continent comprising 54 countries with a geographic size equivalent to North America, Western Europe, India, China and Japan combined. It is very difficult for people to develop strong relationships across the entire continent due to the sheer size of Africa, and the time and cost involved in travel. We introduced Country Sessions in our 2018 event to offer informal networking with senior executives from each country, and 2019 built upon this successful launch.

AFSIC 2021 will see the country sessions develop into a combination of formal presentations on specific investment opportunities across multiple sectors, panel discussions with local financial sector experts sharing their insights on how to successfully invest in each country and an informal business networking session.

Delegates attending a country session can expect to leave the session with a good understanding of many of the country’s most exciting and potentially profitable investment opportunities, a deeper understanding of local investment considerations and will have a strengthened network of business and investment leaders in that country.

What is the focus or theme of this conference?

AFSIC – Investing in Africa, now in its 8th year, takes place 5th to 7th May 2021 in London. AFSIC – Investing in Africa, is believed to be the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa. The wide spread of business leaders attending from all sectors in Africa attracts a significant proportion of major institutional investors focused on investment into Africa and a wide variety of dealmakers (such as investment bankers, corporate finance executives, fixed income and equity traders and salespeople) focused on intermediating investment into Africa.

AFSIC has a strong focus on attracting inward investment into Africa’s financial services sector and you can expect a focused expert sessions on the financial sector including banking, insurance, microfinance, fintech, import-export credit with representation from market leaders in the sector and a wide range of investors investing in the sector. In addition AFSIC hosts sector-specific sessions and/or workshops in: Agriculture, Climate Change,  Education, Energy, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Natural Resources (Oil & Gas, Mining, Forestry), Retail, Technology, Tourism, Transport and Logistics, Waste and Water.

Business leaders from other sectors are strongly encouraged to attend to broaden their network with investors focused on Africa and with many of the continent’s most proactive dealmakers.

What is the format of interaction for the Networking sessions?

The networking sessions are generally informal meeting sessions centred on a particular theme.  The popular “Meet African Dealmaker” event taking place on the second night of the conference which provides an opportunity for delegates to meet a range of dealmakers, such as investment bankers, debt and equity sales specialists, stockbrokers and M&A experts. The dealmakers will be identifiable through unique badges on the evening.

Networking sessions with investors such as “Meet the DFI’s”, “Meet the Impact Investors” etc are informal sessions held during the AFSIC event with each investor assigned to a labelled meeting table. Delegates can seek out and informally meet with key representatives from each organisation during the session.

What is the format of interaction for the Quickfire sessions?

The Quickfire sessions provide African companies with a 5-minute slot to pitch their investment proposition to investors. Informal networking time following the session provides the opportunity for investors to meet with the African companies.

How long are the solo, panel and country session presentations?

The solos, panels and country sessions vary in length. The online agenda provides the length of each session.

I want to raise money for a project or my company in Africa. How can you assist?

The AFSIC team can assist in four ways:

  • Please add your investment project or company seeking capital onto our African Investment Dashboard to connect with many of Africa’s most important investors including investors attending AFSIC;
  • Register to attend AFSIC and meet Africa’s most important investors;
  • Make a speaker submission to present your project at one of the AFSIC country sessions or Quickfire sessions and to network with the numerous investors attending AFSIC;
  • Contact Robyn Scott Principal African Investments at robyn@africaninvestments.co to discuss a targeted introduction to investors.

What size of Investments are appropriate to promote at AFSIC?

AFSIC – Investing in Africa, now in its 8th year, takes place 5th to 7th May 2021 in London. AFSIC – Investing in Africa, is believed to be the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa.

As a high quality, investment focused event, AFSIC attracts a wide variety of the most important investors in Africa such as: listed and private equity funds, direct investors, endowments, foundations, family offices, infrastructure funds, private banks, sovereign wealth funds, DFIs, IFIs, impact investors, microfinance and fund of fund investors alongside a wide range of Africa-based investors.

Each of these investors has a different investment mandate. Some investors are debt focused while others are equity focused. Investor appetite ranges from the largest investors globally such as DFI’s, Sovereign Wealth Funds and some Private Equity funds who may only invest $50m+ into a project to impact and venture capital investors who are focused on smaller sized investments down to $250,000.

By listing details of capital raising opportunities on the African Investments Dashboard prior to AFSIC, investors will be able to pre-arrange meetings with companies whose projects match their investment criteria. It is also advisable for business leaders attending AFSIC to spend time analyzing the investment mandates of the investors that are attending by utilizing the intuitive integrated Event and Meeting app, which opens one month prior to AFSIC.

How do I see who is exhibiting? Is there a floor plan?

The list of exhibitors will be available on the AFSIC website approximately three months prior to the event and delegates will receive a floor plan of exhibitors upon on-site registration. If you would like to enquire about exhibition space, please contact our Head of Marketing and Communications Emma Rynn at emma@afsic.net

Who is speaking at the conference?

AFSIC – Investing in Africa will host more than 300 speakers who will share their insights, expertise and showcase investment opportunities through solo presentations, panels, round-tables, country sessions and networking events. The speakers and their corporate profiles are available on the AFSIC website when the agenda is released around November each year.

Can I reserve a meeting space to facilitate one to one meetings at AFSIC?

If you envisage an intensive schedule of one to one meetings, it is recommended that you pre-book an individual meeting table to facilitate meetings at AFSIC. The meeting table is then available for your use during the entirety of AFSIC. Bookings can be made on the Registration page of the AFSIC website www.afsic.net

How long is the AFSIC Event and Meeting app operational?

All AFSIC delegates have access to a highly intuitive and interactive Event and Meeting app. The AFSIC Event and Meeting app is opened one month prior to AFSIC and closes one week after AFSIC, allowing delegates a significant time period prior to AFSIC to prepare for important meetings at the event.

Why is AFSIC held in Europe and not in Africa?

Many of the leading investors in Africa are based outside Africa. Europe provides a convenient location for these investors to congregate, and also provides a convenient hub for African companies to convene from different regions across the African continent.

Do you Provide Delegate Lists?

We do not provide delegate lists due to privacy regulations. You will be able to contact other AFSIC delegates, if they are willing to be contacted, by using the Event and Meeting app. This sophisticated and intuitive app opens one month before AFSIC, allowing delegates to pre-arrange meetings in order to maximise their time at AFSIC. You will also be able to view the list of speakers and their corporate profiles once the online agenda is released.

Can I attend AFSIC for one day only?

We do not offer single day tickets to attend AFSIC.

Do you provide sponsorship to attend AFSIC?

Unfortunately, we do not provide sponsorship for prospective delegates to attend AFSIC.

Why do we need to pay British VAT on our Delegate Tickets if we live overseas?

We are obliged by the UK tax authorities to charge VAT on event fees. However, please note that UK VAT may be reclaimable for non-UK and EU companies attending AFSIC. More information on the process and whether this is applicable for your company is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-refunds-for-non-eu-businesses-visiting-the-uk

Conferences that take place in the UK are liable for UK VAT as they are classified under VAT legislation as ‘services supplied where performed’ and therefore VAT of the country hosting the conference must be charged. Overseas delegates must pay the VAT charged on their invoice initially but can potentially reclaim this back from the UK VAT office.

Language Requirements

The operational language for AFSIC is English and currently we do not offer simultaneous translation services.

Do I need a Visa?

To find out whether you require a visa please check the UK Border Agency website which can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

It is highly recommended that you apply for your visa in good time prior to the conference as the British Visa system can be slow and there are no special dispensations from the British Government for delegates attending AFSIC.  If you require an international invitation letter for visa purposes, please complete the following international invitation letter request  https://www.afsic.net/invitation-letter-afsic/. Registered delegates will receive an immediate reply with an invitation letter. If you have any other queries on your visa letter, please contact the organisers on registrations@afsic.net

Dietary Requests

If you have any specific additional dietary requests, please contact the organisers on event@afsic.net

Where can I get the conference printable agenda?

The printable agenda for AFSIC – Investing in Africa will be available on the AFSIC website approximately one month prior to the event. Unforeseen changes to the agenda can be made at any time so it is recommended that delegates check the online agenda for the latest programme.

How can my organization become a conference sponsor?

The AFISC team would be delighted to discuss the wide range of sponsorship options available which can be tailored to your needs. If you are interested in the possibility of profiling your company and would like more information on our sponsorship, exhibition and workshop/meeting space options please contact Emma Rynn, Head of Marketing and Communications at emma@afsic.net.

How do I register to attend AFSIC?

Delegate registration can be completed on the AFSIC website via credit card or by requesting an invoice here.

Can I register a group of delegates?

You will qualify for a group discount of 25% if you register three or more people from the same organization. Please request this special rate at registrations@afsic.net

Can I send someone in my place if I am unable to attend?

Substitutions may be made, in advance or at the event, with proper documentation at the sole discretion of Africa Events Limited. Proper documentation consists of a letter on company stationery displaying the name of the original delegate and the person who will be attending in his or her place.

What is the cancellation policy for the conference?

Please refer to the AFSIC website to access our full Terms and Conditions https://www.afsic.net/terms-and-conditions/

Is there an AFSIC hotel booking code?

AFSIC 2021 takes place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel London, 200 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7UT  T: +44 (0) 844 415 6790 F: +44 (0) 844 415 6791  parkplaza.com/westminsterbridge

Situated on London’s iconic South Bank, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London lies in the heart of an eclectic area buzzing with festivals, exhibitions, film and theatre. Offering convenient access to Westminster and Waterloo Station, the hotel also places guests at the heart of the capital’s financial and political centre. Note there are several Park Plaza hotels in London, so please make sure you choose the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel if you would like to stay in the venue.

The special booking code and direct credit card payment link for AFSIC 2021 will be added here shortly. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please contact the reservations team by e-mail ppwlres@pphe.com.

Are translation facilities available?

The operational language for AFSIC is English, and currently we do not offer simultaneous translation services.