German-African Business Summit 2019

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The Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative of German Business (SAFRI) is the voice of German business to policy-makers in Germany and the Sub-Saharan African region. The objective of SAFRI is to intensify co-operation with the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and to foster mutual trade and investment. SAFRI is supporting the dialogue between German and African business and industry and providing a platform of exchange for German and African partners.

SAFRI is a joint initiative of leading business federations – the German-African Business Association (AV), the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA) and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK).



German-African Business Association (AV)

The German-African Business Association (AV) looks back on 80 years of experience as a foreign trade association. A competent team of experts provides a first port of call for anyone in business or politics interested in German-African business relations. The AV represents over 500 German companies and institutions with a business interest in Africa. Through its well-established networks, the association promotes exchange between German and African representatives from all areas of industry.



Federation of German Industries (BDI)

The Federation of German Industries is the umbrella organisation of German industry and industry-related service providers. It speaks on behalf of 39 sector associations and represents over 100,000 large, medium-sized and small enterprises with more than eight million employees. The BDI ensures that industry speaks with one voice vis-à-vis political institutions at national, European and international level.



Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA)

The Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA) is the leading organisation for the wholesale, foreign trade and service sector in Germany. As an umbrella organisation, the BGA represents 120,000 companies with some 1.6 million employees who generate an annual turnover of 1.8 billion euros. The BGA network combines the know-how of 43 sectoral and 26 regional associations.



Association of German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)

The Association of German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) is the umbrella organisation for 79 Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IHK). 3.6 million companies are statutory members of the IHKs. The IHKs represent businesses of all sizes and across all industries. The DIHK also coordinates the worldwide network of German Chamber Abroad (AHK) with 130 offices in 90 countries. As the official representative of German Industry, the AHKs are the ideal partner for German companies wishing to expand their international business.



Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana

The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana is part of the worldwide AHK German Chamber Network. As a Delegation, it is the preliminary stage for a bilateral Chamber of Commerce. At 140 locations in 92 countries around the world, the German Chamber Network (AHKs) offers its experience, network and services to German and foreign companies. AHKs are located in all countries which are of special interest for German industry and business.