Africa Partnership Conference 2016: Mauritius, The Hub for Africa

The 2016 Edition of the Africa Partnership Conference was held on the 20th of September 2016 in Mauritius. The Conference was organized by the Board of Investment of Mauritius, in association with the World Association Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Financial Services Promotion Agency (FSPA).

The objective of the Conference was to provide a platform to the international community investing in Africa, and to further deepen the collaboration between African Investment Promotion Agencies with a view of improving the investment climate in Africa.

Intervening on the first panel of the Conference, Mr. Harvesh Seegolam, Chief Executive of the FSPA, highlighted that the Mauritius IFC remains the natural hub for investments in Africa, notably by mitigating investment risks and maximizing the efficiency thereof.

Mr. Seegolam also enumerated the core strengths of the Mauritius IFC as the investment platform for Africa, in particular regarding the wide array of services offered, and the recently developed sophisticated and bespoke products. He also stressed that Mauritius boasts one of the most business-friendly environment in the region, as well as a competitive framework for raising capital and for providing treasury management and headquartering solutions.

The Conference lasted for two days, and attracted over 300 delegates, including senior government officials, executive-level global business leaders, financiers and investors, representatives from international governmental organisations and multilateral agencies, and leading professional service providers.