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High level readout on FOCAC 2021: Expert view on the evolution of the Chinese commercial footprint in African markets

Nov 31, 2021

Our Advisory board member, Paulo Gomes, spoke at the first readout of the 2021 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the evolution of Chinese commercial engagement with African nations. This event is timed to coincide with the close of FOCAC in Dakar, Senegal. Participants in the discussion will include US and African policy-makers, global business, civil society and media leaders.


GTR Asia 2021 Virtual

Nov 16-18, 2021

For 12 years, GTR Asia has offered critical market insight and unparalleled expertise from industry leaders whilst also providing unrivalled networking opportunities.

Whilst we hope to return to Singapore in-person for 2022, this year’s event will now be taking place virtually on November 16-18, promising a highly anticipated opportunity to connect with all corners of the market for those involved in Asian trade, with a full exhibition and extensive programme covering the latest developments and rapidly changing dynamics.


Africa-Singapore Business Forum

Aug 23-24, 2021

The Africa Singapore Business Forum (ASBF) is the premier platform for business exchange and fostering trade between Africa and Asia.

Organised by Enterprise Singapore, the forum has brought together over 2,000 business and government leaders from 30 countries to explore partnerships and growth opportunities between these two dynamic regions.


GTR East Africa 2021 Virtual

May 12-13, 2021

Following the success of the inaugural virtual event in October 2020, GTR East Africa will return once again in digital form for 2021, taking place on May 12-13, 2021.

Utilising GTR’s bespoke virtual event platform, this online gathering promises expansive networking and a comprehensive programme of live and on-demand content, welcoming the leading practitioners in trade, agribusiness, supply chain and commodity finance.

Join industry experts from across the region to explore the latest developments, strategies and solutions employed to drive East Africa’s covid response, trade growth, and economic recovery.


Babacar Ndiaye Lecture

Oct 20, 2021

Our ASEACC member, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), alongside their President Professor Benedict Oramah, is pleased to invite you to join us at the fifth annual Babacar Ndiaye Lecture which will take place virtually on October 20.

This event takes place with the spirit of ‘One Africa One Vision’, as the continent embraces a single trading market with no borders, the theme for this year is: The Importance of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Transformation of African Economies under AfCFTA, with the keynote lecture from H.E. Prof. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, former and first female President of Mauritius (2015-2018).

This annual gathering honours the legacy of the late Dr. Ndiaye, President of the African Development Bank from 1985 to 1995 and revered forefather of Africa’s economic growth and ideological progress.


GTR Africa 2021 Hybrid

Nov 3-4, 2021

Global Trade Review is delighted to announce that GTR Africa will be returning for 2021 in a hybrid format, combining the benefits of our unrivalled digital event platform with an in-person event that will take place in London on November 3-4, 2021.


AU Covid-19 Response Fund Webinar 

Oct 24, 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Chairman of ASEACC’s Advisory Board, Mr Paulo Gomes will be featured in The African Union (AU) Covid-19 Response Fund Webinar taking place on October 24, 2020 at 1300 GMT. 

Organised by the African Union, this digital event seeks to raise awareness of the AU Covid-19 Response Fund in its effort to overcome the health and economic challenges that Africa is currently facing in the midst of the pandemic. 

This free event will be broadcasted in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese. The two hour programme will feature messages from distinguished individuals ranging from African celebrities, government leaders to frontline staff.


GTR Africa Virtual 

Oct 20 – 23, 2020

GTR Africa 2020 Virtual, the premier trade and export finance event for Sub-Saharan Africa, has taken place on October 20-23.

Drawing on the high-level expertise, comprehensive market coverage and unrivalled industry connections of GTR’s Africa-focused gatherings in Cape Town, Victoria Falls and London, this exciting new initiative combined a mixture of live-streamed and pre-recorded content and targeted networking with over 2,000 attendees through GTR’s dynamic virtual event platform.

Spread over 4 days and combining 3 distinct events into the one extended virtual offering to capture a wider audience, this new format provided the opportunity for more detailed focus on key markets, innovation, trade and commodity flows, infrastructure and the wider implications of global disruption.


GTR Africa Virtual in collaboration with Orbitt, also featured their inaugural Digital Deal Room, a bespoke origination and investment matching platform populated with unique opportunities for investors.

Fully supported and endorsed by Africa’s leading financial institutions, DFIs, multilaterals and various governments, participants benefitted from unrivalled opportunities to connect with a wider audience and do business in ‘the new normal’, sharing insights and expertise, and providing clarity at a time of great uncertainty.


GTR East Africa Virtual 

Oct 1-2, 2020


GTR East Africa 2020 took place virtually this year on October 1-2 in light of Covid-19 restrictions.

With the support from a host of leading trade finance players alongside key supranational and industry bodies, GTR East Africa Virtual utilised GTR’s bespoke virtual platform to deliver a comprehensive range of live-streamed and pre-recorded
content and unrivalled networking opportunities, focusing on key trade sectors from commodities and agribusiness, to the
development of local value-add industry and achieving digital innovation.


GTR Asia Virtual 

Sept 8-11, 2020

GTR Asia 2020, the world's largest trade finance gathering, took place virtually this year, over 4 days on September 8-11. 

This exciting new initiative encompassed all the key aspects of the live conference experience in a digital format, retaining GTR's core focus on networking, collaboration and knowledge sharing, traders, banks, insurers, lawyers, technology companies, non-bank financiers, government agencies and investors. 


GTR Asia Trade & Treasury Week

Sept 4 - 7, 2018

Firmly established as the largest international event in the trade, treasury and commodity finance market, this flagship event is set to welcome over 1,000 delegates, enjoying the full support of Enterprise Singapore and the Ministry of Trade & Industry.

With trade now in the headlines more than ever before and with global concerns over protectionism and trade barriers continuing to escalate, this year’s gathering will consider both the key risks and primary opportunities from a geopolitical perspective, as well as the ongoing industry discussions over market disruption, new market entrants and the role of technology.


Africa-Singapore Business Forum 2018

Aug 28 - 29, 2018

Organised by Enterprise Singapore, the forum has brought together over 2,000 business and government leaders from 30 countries to develop opportunities and partnerships between these two dynamic regions.

ASBF 2018 addressed critical issues and identify opportunities in key sectors, including real estate, oil and gas, digital economy and manufacturing. The forum will also address the important question of financing when doing business in Africa.


Africa Sovereign Wealth Funds Summit 2018

Jun 19, 2018

Mr Paulo Gomes and Mr Kelvin Tan, Chairman of the Advisory Board and Secretary-General of ASEACC, attended the Africa Sovereign Wealth Funds Summit 2018 in Ghana. In attendance was H.E. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of Ghana. Panelists included Mr Solomon Asamoah (CEO, Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund), Mr Mamadou Mbaye (Executive Director, FONSIS, Senegal), Mr Kola Owodunni (Head, Investment Risk, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority), Mr Tariq Senhaji (CEO, Ithmar Capital, Morocco SWF), Mr Patrick Shyaka (CEO, Agaciro Development Fund, Rwanda) and Mr Michael Kottoh (Managing Partner at Konfidants).


Singapore - Angola Business Roundtable

May 14, 2018

The Singapore – Angola Business Roundtable organised by Singapore Business Federation (SBF), in partnership with Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and Africa South East Asia Chamber of Commerce (ASEACC), was held on 8 May 2018. The Roundtable was chaired by Mr. S.S. Teo, Chairman of SBF and Co-Chairman of ASEACC, while the Angola Government delegation was led by H.E. Manuel Domingos Augusto, Angola Minister of External Relations.


SMU Presidential Distinguished Lecturer Series: Mr Kgalema Motlanthe - President, Republic of South Africa (2008 - 2009)

Dec 13, 2018

South Africa might have emerged from the apartheid oppression in April 1994, but its legacy continues to present itself as a formidable challenge to the state. Illiteracy is still prevalent among millions of adults, and the number of school dropouts is increasing at an alarming rate. In attempts to change this for the better, South Africa has put a premium on education as the only viable socio-economic equaliser and therefore catalyst for change. Will South Africa be able to completely free itself from the shackles of apartheid by using education as a catalyst?


Africa Now Forum

Oct 4, 2017

Participate in the AFRICA NOW FORUM and take advantage of a real commercial opportunity and visibility. Cameroon, a bilingual country, is a vast market in the heart of Africa and especially the economic lung of Central Africa. Come energize your sales, broaden your networks and communicate your expertise on 19 and 20 Oct 2017 at the Palais des Congrès and have a chance to attend the Africa Espoir Avenir award gala at the Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé, Cameroon


NTU African Angle Breakfast Series: Business & Investment Opportunities in the Agri Sector of Nigeria

Sep 26, 2017

The demand for convenience and processed food is growing in Nigeria. Nigeria’s packaging and food processing market is one of the largest in Africa, estimated at about US$545 million. However, the agriculture and agribusiness industry is plagued with numerous challenges including business, infrastructure and regulatory problems. These provide numerous investment opportunities for the Africa-savvy investor. Dr Adefolake Adeyeye, a Nigerian citizen and Research Fellow of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies, has researched these possibilities. Joining her to discuss these issues was Mr Venkataramani Srivathsan, Managing Director & CEO, Africa and the Middle East, Olam International Ltd.


Bringing Francophone Africa to the National University of Singapore

Jan 16, 2017

Co-organised by Africa South East Asia Chamber of Commerce (ASEACC) and National University of Singapore (NUS), a panel discussion about France and Africa was held at NUS on January 16, 2017. The panellists were Ms Estelle Yousouffa, independent journalist at French television channel “France 2”, Mr Kelvin Tan, Secretary-General of ASEACC and Professor Daniel Chan, NUS French lecturer.


2016 ASEACC Annual General Meeting in Shanghai

Aug 22, 2016

On 22 August 2016, the leadership and members of the Africa South East Asia Chamber of Commerce (ASEACC) convened at Shanghai, for its Annual General Meeting (AGM). Supported by Pacific International Lines (PIL), the event was co-chaired by Mr. S.S. Teo, Managing Director of PIL Group, and Mr. Jean Kacou Diagou, CEO of Groupe NSIA.


2016 MTI African Journalist Visit Programme

Jun 15, 2016

As part of the annual African Journalist Visit Programme organized by the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) in 2016, the Africa-South East Asia Chamber of Commerce (ASEACC) hosted a media brief session introducing the formation and activities of the Chamber and its exclusive member companies to a group of 8 journalists from various leading African business publications. Representatives from Pacific International Lines (PIL) and International Enterprise (IE) Singapore also attended the session.


Doing Business in Africa Megatrends and Opportunities

Aug 24, 2015

Seminar on “Doing Business in Africa: Trends and Triggers”, organised in conjunction with the visit of the Centre’s Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Mr Paulo Gomes, former World Banker and international business leader.


Okinka African Art Exhibition

Jul 22, 2015

The OKINKA African Art Exhibition was officially launched in Singapore, The Art Space at Suntec City Mall on 22 July 2015. It was organized by Mr. Paulo Gomes, Chairman of Advisory Board of Africa South East Asia Chamber of Commerce (ASEACC).


Olam Book Launch – “Amazing Africa”

Feb 24, 2015

On 24 February 2015 at the Ocean Financial Centre in Singapore, Olam International, a founding member of ASEACC, held a book launch and sharing session “Amazing Africa – A Corporate Journey”. The book was launched in conjunction with Olam’s 25th anniversary.


Opportunities in Cote d’Ivoire Seminar

Nov 6, 2014

The Cote d’Ivoire-Singapore Business Seminar 2014 organized by the Singapore Business Federation was held on 6 November 2014, in conjunction with the visit of H.E. Mr Patrick Achi, Minister of Economic Infrastructure of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.


Visit from Cameroon and Senegal Port Officials

Jun 19, 2014

A group of senior officials from Cameroon Douala Port Authority and Senegal Dakar Port visited Malaysia and Singapore on a study tour to interact with companies and public sector agencies for identifying best practices from South East Asia on port management, financing, infrastructure planning, technologies deployment, marketing strategies among others. Mr. Alioune Gueye, the Editor-in- Chief for Afrique Business Journal also joined the visits.


ASEACC Media Brief with African Journalists

Jun 5, 2014

As part of the African Journalist Visit Programme 2014 organized by the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), the Africa-South East Asia Chamber of Commerce (ASEACC) hosted a media brief session with the group of journalists from six influential African business publications, with a combined circulation of more than 400,000 copies annually. Officials from the MTI and International Enterprise (IE) Singapore also attended the media brief session


Spotlight on Burkina Faso

Apr 24, 2014

The Burkina Faso Singapore Business Forum 2014, jointly organised by the Singapore Business Federation and the Africa Business Group Singapore, was held on 24 April 2014 at Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel. The event was graced by H.E. Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso, who also gave the keynote address. The Chamber sent 4 representatives to attend the event.


Spotlight on Togo and visit to ASEACC

Apr 14, 2014

The Africa Business Group (AfBG), part of the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) group, organized an awareness seminar on Togo on 14 April 2014. The seminar allowed the Singapore business community to obtain first-hand information on the latest developments and business opportunities in Togo.


Niger-Singapore Business Forum 2014

Jan 23, 2014

The inaugural Niger-Singapore Business Forum 2014 organized by the Singapore Business Federation was held on 23 January 2014, in conjunction with the visit of H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger.


Visit of Senior Officials from Cameroon

Dec 6, 2013

President of Afrique Challenge in Morocco, Mr. Alioune Gueye, was joined by a district mayor in Yaoundé, a former Member of Parliament of Cameroon, and a senior official from Doula Port Authority for a visit to the Chamber office on 6 December 2013