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BVI Finance Announces First Trade Mission To Africa
  • POST ON 17 Sep 2018

BVI Finance is pleased to announce its first 2-week trade mission to Africa from 5th November to 16th November 2018. The 2018 BVI Africa Trade Mission covers three countries and four of Africa’s major business hubs: Cape Town, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Abuja, Nigeria and Lagos, Nigeria.

The trade mission will be led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, and he will be accompanied by a BVI Finance team as well as BVI Finance’s consultants for this mission, the Africa Expert Network (AXN). Similar to the Asia Trade Mission, the mission encompasses high-level meetings with government officials, private sector meetings including with relevant associations and three mini conferences to be held in Cape Town, Nairobi and Lagos.

The British Virgin Islands is a major financial services jurisdiction which facilitates the cross-border trade and investment which is central to the continuing growth and development of the African continent. According to the Capital Economics report, Creating Value: The BVI’s Global Contribution, the BVI mediates considerable foreign direct investment into developing countries, including many African nations. The BVI is shown as having a direct investment relationship with several countries, including the countries the delegation will visit.

The mini conferences in the three cities will provide an opportunity for the delegation to promote the BVI as a jurisdiction, together with benefits of a range of BVI products and services, such as private equity and venture capital offerings, investment funds, trusts, estate and succession planning. These, together with the proven BVI corporate product, the BVI Business Company and the recently unveiled Micro Business Company will enhance efforts to broaden and deepen relationships with African businesses.     

Commenting, Lorna Smith, OBE, Interim Executive Director of BVI Finance said: “We’ve set our sights on Africa for quite some time now as it represents a major opportunity for our financial services industry. We are therefore very much looking forward to taking our message, to the governments and business centres where we can work effectively to develop relationships that will benefit all. We are very pleased to be able to make this visit to further strengthen the profile of the BVI in Africa. 

The release of the Capital Economics report highlighted that the BVI has been doing considerable business on the continent – Nigeria alone has had the largest foreign direct investment stock from the BVI standing at US$2.9 billion. There is therefore good business to be done and this visit will once again allow government and the private sector to work together in driving the growth of our industry in these challenging times.”