Fellow Egyptians, African brothers and sisters and friends from around the globe

It gives me a great honour and pleasure to host Africa 2017 Forum, a landmark platform that will bring together a wide range of the foremost political and business leaders in Africa and across the world to discuss ways of enhancing pan African international trade and investment and promoting business climate with a major focus on the role of the private sector.

The theme of the forum is business in Africa, whether we speak of African business in Africa, international business in Africa as well as international business through Egypt in Africa, “Africa 2017” will turn a spotlight on the success stories of the continent, will draw lessons from the past and will showcase key achievements while looking forward to the future.

Africa’s economic prospects are bright and remarkably growing. “Africa 2017” presents an invaluable opportunity to explore new ways to leverage its growth potential and to engage in rich discussions, productive meetings and enlightening sessions on how to accelerate investments, create more jobs and sustain development.

My country is committed to Africa and will spare no efforts to extend and strengthen ties and integration across all African Countries in order to help it drive its economic and social development. “Africa 2017” following the historical launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) between COMESA, EAC and SADC, on June 10th 2016 in Sharm-el-Sheikh, is a testimony of Egypt’s keen determination to enhance trade and investment in our beloved continent.

I look forward to meeting you all on 7th until the 9th December 2017 in Sharm-el-Sheikh at Africa 2017.

Abdel Fattah Al Sisi
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt