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Conference: "Sub-Saharan Africa - export opportunities and their financing"


On December 14, 2015 Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Tlapa opened the business conference entitled "Sub-Saharan Africa - export opportunities and their financing", which was held at the Great Hall of the Czernin Palace. The conference was prepared by the Department of Economic Diplomacy in cooperation with the Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP) and the Czech Trade Agency and was attended by 130 guests with an interest in entering the markets of African countries.

The conference followed the visit of Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek in Kenya, Mozambique and Mauritius on May 25 to May 30 this year, at an international seminar on "Africa Day", organized in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 29 June 2015, and also at a seminar devoted to African markets that EGAP organized jointly with the London Market on September 15, 2015 on the occasion of the International engineering fair in Brno. This time the conference was focused on the business opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa and the opportunities for financing and export insurance directed to African markets. It has become another of forums for discussion on the possibilities of strengthening the participation of Czech companies in Africa organized in 2015.

One of the speakers at the conference as the chief guest was also Minister of Agriculture Marian Jurečka. Other speakers were Jan Procházka, CEO of EGAP, Milan Ráž, Director of services for exporters CzechTrade, Lukáš Prokeš, Assistant Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Bořivoj Minář, vice president of the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic, Radek Špicar, vice president of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic . The working block, among the other speakers included René Awambeng and Edward George from the Pan-African Ecobank and Petr Karel from the company London Market.

Sub-Saharan Africa, a part of the African continent south of the Sahara, occupies an area of ​​24.2 million square kilometres and has almost twice the population (875 million) than the EU. It consists of - including adjacent islands - 49 states and yet, despite the low level of development and inequality is one of the fastest growing parts of the world. The unstoppable development of this part of the world is illustrated by the fact that the GDP of sub-Saharan Africa over the last 10 years has tripled, while growth for 2015 estimated by the IMF was at 5.75% and this trend should continue. These are the main reasons why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pays special attention to the emphasis on looking for opportunities for expansion of Czech exports in Sub-Saharan Africa region.



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