Frequently Asked Questions

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 2020 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, profiling many of Africa’s most important investors, and business leaders from across all parts of Africa;
  • 20+ single country sessions focused on bringing together business leaders from many of Africa’s leading economies into a single venue, allowing other delegates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and network within specific countries of their choosing;
  • Meet African Dealmaker event taking place on the first night of the conference which brings together dealmakers, such as investment bankers, debt and equity sales specialists, stockbrokers, M&A experts etc in one place at one time allowing the development of durable business relationships across the continent;
  • An integrated Event and Meeting app, that allows delegates to set their agenda a month prior to the event. Thus maximizing the opportunity to hold multiple, effective and high quality meetings while at AFSIC;
  • Multiple networking sessions, social events and lunches designed to allow delegates the opportunity to create unexpected profitable business alliances and opportunities;
  • Dedicated meeting spaces, (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 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 2020 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.  It attracts:

  • Many of Africa’s most dynamic business leaders representing the continent’s most exciting and investor ready African organizations.
  • 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, microfinance investors alongside a wide range of African based investors, and fund of fund 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 investment 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 meeting and event App, plus dedicated meeting spaces 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 2020 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:

  • 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 highly intuitive Event and Meeting app up to a month prior to AFSIC; allowing you to have highly focused meetings at AFSIC with predefined agreed objectives and agendas;
  • 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 yourself a huge amount of time and expense;
  • Extend your own business network considerably throughout the continent, as business leaders from across all regions in Africa attend AFSIC;
  • Meet leading dealmakers, such as investment bankers, research analyst, equity and debt sales people, corporate financiers who may be of considerable use to your company’s growth strategy; and who may be able to facilitate debt and equity investments into your company or help you identify acquisition or merger opportunities on the continent;
  • Promote your company extensively within Africa, or within the global investment community.

What type of Investors attend AFSIC?

AFSIC – Investing in Africa, now in its 8th year, takes place 5th to 7th May 2020 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 experience for business leaders from Africa, Africa’s most important investors and dealmakers, such as investment bankers.

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 investors alongside a wide range of African based investors, and fund of fund investors.

The entire structure of AFSIC is firmly focused on matching investors with investment opportunities in Africa. The event has multiple investment focused networking events in addition the agenda profiles the continent’s most exciting investment opportunities and most successful investors.

With business leaders from around 40 African countries expected to attend in 2020, and with over 300 speakers and participants in our new country sessions, and an expected 1500+ delegates, AFSIC 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 2020 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:

  • AFSIC is perhaps the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa. It has a very substantial number of high quality investor ready African companies from all parts of Africa attending;
  • 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. Replicating these meetings by travelling across Africa and meeting in country would not be possible or desirable due to the time required and cost;
  • 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 dealflow 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 where necessary;
  • AFSIC is attended by a range of Fund of Fund investors, and LP’s looking to understand which funds are proactive on the continent, and which funds are actively networking in order to achieve superior investment returns;

The sophisticated Event and Meeting app allows meetings at AFSIC to be booked up to a month ahead of time, allowing for in depth research to be done prior to actual meetings.

Are the Investors debt or equity focused or both?

AFSIC – Investing in Africa, now in its 8th year, takes place 5th to 7th May 2020 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 investors alongside a wide range of African based investors, and fund of fund investors.

Each of these investors has a different investment mandate. Some investors are debt focused while others are equity focused. Other investors may focus on fund investments, or structures that guarantee investments across the continent. It is advisable for African companies attending to target their one on one meetings at AFSIC to an investor whose investment mandate matches their own debt or equity requirement. The range and number of investors attending allows African business leaders to target investors most suited to their own business sector (e.g. banking or microfinance may require targeting different investors) and their different capital requirements ranging from investors focused on smaller investment of $0.5m right up to larger investment sums of $50m+.

If you envisage an intensive schedule of one to one meetings it is recommended that you pre-book an individual meeting space to facilitate meetings at AFSIC and make considerable use of our highly interactive Event and Meeting App prior to arrival at AFSIC.

What kind of African companies attend?

AFSIC – Investing in Africa, now in its 8th year, takes place 5th to 7th May 2020 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 business leaders in the following sectors will benefit from attending AFSIC in order to meet the very wide range of investors dealmakers and business leaders attending AFSIC: Agriculture; Construction, Education, Energy, Healthcare, Industrial, Infrastructure, Retail, Technology, Tourism, Transport, Waste, Water.

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

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 2020 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 investors alongside a wide range of African based investors, and fund of fund 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 who would only invest $50m + into a project (such as some of the sovereign wealth funds) to those investors who are focused on smaller sized investments (event to as small as $250,000). It is advisable for African companies attending to target their one on one meetings at AFSIC to an investor whose investment mandate matches their own debt, equity or other requirement.

It is advisable for business leaders attending AFSIC to spend time analyzing which investors are attending, and their investment mandate utilizing the intuitive integrated meeting & event app, which opens one month prior to AFSIC, thus allowing a much more targeted approach to be taken during the event. Pre-arranging agendas and the provision of important deal information prior to AFSIC will assist the investors greatly.

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

An intuitive Event and Meeting app is opened to all registered delegates one month prior to AFSIC. This allows investors or African companies 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 spaces 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 comprised of 54 countries and a geographic size equivalent to the whole of 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, and 2019 built upon this successful launch. 2020 will see the sessions continue to develop as they become an ever more important part of the AFSIC fabric.

These sessions focus on uncovering and highlighting investment opportunities within single African countries or specific regions. The format will vary with some sessions having a range of investment focused presentations and others being focused on providing networking opportunities.

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, having built a stronger and deeper network of business leaders in that country.

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 space to facilitate meetings at AFSIC. The meeting space 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?

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 attending to convene from different regions across the African continent. Our team also runs a wide array of investor trips to many countries across the continent – more details on these investor trips can be found at www.africaninvestments.co.

Do you Provide Delegate Lists?

You will be able to contact other delegates (those who wish to be contacted) attending AFSIC 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. We do not provide delegate lists in other formats (e.g. excel) this is for a number of reasons, including the fact that some delegates may wish not to promote their presence at the event, and that delegate lists are a static representation whereas delegates may wish to cancel or join in the run up to an event. Our app will be kept continually updated.

Can I attend AFSIC for one day only?

We do not offer one 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, 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. Registered delegates will receive an immediate reply with an invitation letter.

Dietary Requests

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

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