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ASEACC attends The Africa Singapore Business Forum

The Africa Singapore Business Forum (ASBF) is the premier platform for business exchange and fostering trade between Africa and Asia. Since it was launched in 2010, it has brought together over 5,000 business and government leaders from 30 countries to explore partnerships and growth opportunities between these two dynamic regions. 

The forum emphasizes open regionalism, encouraging collaboration not only within regions but across continents. It recognizes the ambitious African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as a catalyst for integrated markets. While AfCFTA members strengthen ties, the forum advocates for remaining open and connected globally, particularly with Southeast Asia—a region with vast trade and investment opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

​Singapore, positioned as a crucial node in Africa-Asia trade, actively supports this collaboration. The city-state serves as a hub for global companies, facilitating their expansion into Southeast Asia. With approximately 100 Singaporean companies present in 40 African countries, Enterprise Singapore collaborates with businesses to explore opportunities in diverse sectors. Singapore's direct investments in Africa exceed $23 billion, demonstrating a commitment to sustainable practices, digitalization, and economic growth.

​The forum not only promotes connectivity through government initiatives and bilateral agreements but also encourages private sector collaborations. Singaporean companies are encouraged to expand into Africa, fostering partnerships like the collaboration between Robust International, Adatos, and Trames. This collaboration exemplifies sustainable agricultural practices and logistical solutions, contributing to the Trade 2030 strategy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singapore, through Enterprise Singapore, is actively expanding access to trade financing, welcoming financial institutions to support Singaporean enterprises venturing into Africa and other emerging markets. These developments reflect optimism about the future of Africa-Singapore and Africa-Asia collaborations, with Singapore remaining open to new opportunities and partnerships.

In conclusion, the ASBF encourages open regionalism, advocating for both regional integration and global connectivity. The collaboration between governments and businesses is seen as pivotal for realizing mutual benefits. The message resonates with the idea that while governments provide support, the decisions of business leaders shape the landscape of international collaboration and economic growth.

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