Less than 24 hours to the start of IABW 2018

IABW 2018, 24 Hours to the start of the first Italian-African business forum

The 17 of October IABW – Italia Africa Business Week 2018, will start in Rome for its second edition. This is the first business forum entirely dedicated to Italian and African entrepreneurs. The event will take place in Spazio Eventi Tirso, via Tirso 14, and it will lasts until the evening of the 18 of October. It will have as main themes “Stability, Opportunity and New Markets”. The program of IABW 2018 includes high level conferences, side events and the possibility of B2B meetings with hosts and accredited businesses.

IABW 2018 is organized by Le Réseau association in partnership with Confindustria Assafrica&Mediterraneo, the magazine Africa&Affari and the patronage of the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development, Unioncamere, Enea, Confederazione Nazionale dell’Artigianato e della Piccola e Media Impresa.

IABW 2018 will focus on “Stability, Opportunity and New Markets”.

Bolloré Logistics Italy confirmed its participation to the 2018 edition of Italia Africa Business Week: with its experience in the logistics sector, and beyond, the group is nowadays a well known leader because of the realisation of important corridors in Africa. With its six Italian offices, Bolloré Logistics is in this scenario to offer its own solutions based on a territorial presence in the most strategic points of the African continent. An opportunity for whoever wish to invest in Africa and for whoever, from Africa, needs high level logistics services.

« The Italian reply, in the world exchequer which has Africa at the center, must be an immaterial element, flexible and transversal, perfectly adapting much more than others to the local African contest: the industrial model of SMEs. We are not only talking about commercial transactions but of an industrial development model which transforms locally the raw materials, of which most African countries are rich of, through entrepreneurial partnerships with Italian SMEs, within development programs which most African countries had put in place, on a mid range timeframe. A model which is able to give both a win-win development to African countries and growth to Italian businesses ».
Carlo Robiglio, President of Piccola Industria Confindustria

Italia Africa Business Week will be a multi sector forum and the aim is to grow the quantity and quality of Italy’s relations with the African continent developing business opportunities and cooperation agreements between entrepreneurs of the two sides of the Mediterranean. Among the themes of this edition of IABW there will be infrastructures, renewable energies, agricultures and agrobusiness, new technologies, biomedical sector, textile and fashion. High level conferences, roundtables, B2B, exposition stands, the two days of IABW will be a gathering of participants coming from different countries and working in different sectors of the industries and of entrepreneurship.


Our conferences will have as speakers internationally acclaimed experts, they will offer and share new, specifics and innovative points of view. Beside Emanuela Del Re, viceminister of Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of International Cooperation, Carlo Robiglio, President of Piccola Impresa Confindustria, for the 2018 edition of IABW, they already confirmed their presence:

  • Giorgio Marrapodi, General Manager for International Cooperation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI),
  • Alain Mechoulam, First counsellor, Network of Chambers of European Experts for West Africa (RCEEDAO),
  • Janine Tagliante Saracino, Ambassador of Ivory Coast in Italy (Côte d’Ivoire),
  • Khalid Chaouki, Manager War&Peace Center Link Campus University (Italia),
  • Pietro Lucchese, CEO Next Communication (Italia),
  • Badr Hisham Mohamed, Ambassador of Egypt in Italy (Egypt),
  • Madi Sakande, General Manager New Cold System (Burkina Faso).
    and many more.

The main aim of Italia Africa Business Week is to form a permanent forum, a true platform, for development of possible business partnerships and of international cooperation between Italy and Africa.

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