Forum “Doing Business in Francophone Africa” 2016
The Embassy of France in South Africa and the Centre for Dynamic Markets (CDM) at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), in partnership with Mazars South Africa, AfricaFrance, Business France, the French South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FSACCI), Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and the Black Business Council (BBC) hosted a forum entitled Doing Business in Francophone Africa on Wednesday 29 June 2016 in Johannesburg.
In keeping with the forum on French for Professional Use held in April 2015, the forum aimed to strengthen the ties between South Africa and Francophone African countries, with a particular focus on three Francophone countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ivory Coast and the Republic of Cameroon.
Ambassador of France to South Africa, HE Elisabeth Barbier, attended the conference with the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cameroon to South Africa, HE Adrien Kouambo, the Ambassador of the Republic of Gabon to South Africa, HE Andre William Anguile, and the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo to South Africa HE Bene M’Poko.
The event provided practical insight from leading legal and industry experts, policymakers and business leaders. More than 200 business representatives from South African, French and other international companies, were brought together.
The forum started with a morning conference with panel discussions and presentations and an afternoon session on co-investment opportunities. Areas discussed included an overview of business opportunities and barriers to trade in Francophone Africa, an analysis of cultural differences between business practices in South Africa and in Francophone African countries, as well as an overview of the technical supports facilitating investment and implementation in this part of the continent.