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8th of November: Annual NABA Summit to showcase the continent’s blue opportunity

For the 8th consecutive year, NABA – together with co-host Norfund and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are gathering 500 Nordic and African business representatives in Oslo, this year under the heading “The Blue Opportunity”.   

– The Nordic-African Business Summit is the platform for our African business partners as well as Nordic companies who want to be the first learner, first earner and first mover in Africa’s blue opportunity, says Eivind Fjeldstad, Managing Director of NABA.

Benin’s President Patrice Talon – a representative of the new generation of African leadership, and with a background from the private sector – will be giving the key note speech, and will be followed by 35 distinguished speakers from Unilever, Standard Chartered, Equinor, Yara International, International Trade Center, World Ocean Council, Ferd Group, A.P. Moller Capital, RaboBank, Siem Industries and DNV GL to mention some.  

– With blue opportunity we mean the renewable opportunities in the sky, the ocean resources, and the water needed for Africa’s agriculture. Trade is also central – as 90 percent of all the continent’s imports and exports are conducted by sea. The Nordic countries have a long maritime history, we are leading energy and fisheries nations – everything we do, is connected to something blue, says Fjeldstad.

This year’s Nordic-African Business Summit will feature two plenary sessions with “high level outlook – Africa’s blue opportunity” and “Africa’s gateway to investments and trade” – as well as six special sessions featuring Africa’s port outlook, marine waste, food & agribusiness, aquaculture, energy outlook and finding the right energy projects. As in previous years, more than 20 African Ambassadors will be ready to meet conference delegates in a dedicated speed-meeting session.

You can read more about the programme and register for this year’s Summit by clicking here.