2021: The Year Ahead

Africa's growth is the ultimate case of measuring tomorrow what is unseen today.

Today we are see 1.3 billion people across 55 countries with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) valued at CA$3.4 trillion. As early as 2012, Charles Robertson of Renaissance Capital shows scenarios for CA$37 trillion by 2050. Adjusting for challenges and recovery, the view of many - including Mr. Robertson - is that these figures could be realized within a decade of the initial projections (Charles Roberston himself will be among those speakers joining us in the New Year).

There can be no trade diversification strategy for Canada without Africa, as the Business Council of Canada pointed out this year, on the occasion of the visit of Prime Minister Trudeau and Cabinet Ministers to the African Union. 

Canada is a trusted third party and honest broker: having providing funds through the African Trade Policy Centre for the drafting of the African Continental Free Trade Area, entered into by all AU 55 member states. Free trade is at the heart of the post-COVID recovery plan for Africa and an essential component of economic freedom as the Fraser Institute has shown for decades.

Upcoming Events - convening the key players for the inredible opportunities 

We often hear mining is the template of success in Africa with billions in investment. The 22nd Annual Mining Breakfast with Mine Africa, the largest Africa-focused mining event in North America just got bigger. VIRTUALLY. It remains the longest standing single event in our 26 year history.

A host of opportunities are on offer for companies, government and individuals, where we anticipate over 2000 delegates. Read More

In addition to our current virtual program and hybrid events, we will begin our first virtual trade missions in 2021 - with announcements in the New Year.

As always, members who wish to request a partiular topic or speaker for 2021 may email: garreth@canadaafrica.ca

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