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Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit 2018, a prestigious biennial business summit with high priority focus on attracting investments to Africa. The 2018 Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS) is scheduled on June 24 to 26, 2018 at the World Trade Center – Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C.

The Theme of this high-level strategic global summit is Driving Trade, Unleashing Investment and Enhancing Economic Development: the Gateway to Africa Markets and will gather 2000-plus key economic players from more than 70 countries including government delegations, high-profile African leaders, project developers, young professionals, business owners, SMEs and international investors. ATIGS 2018 will bring together key global policy makers, business owners, global investors, SMEs, African ministers and senior government representatives of intergovernmental bodies.

ATIGS 2018 is taking a fresh approach to increasing business partnership opportunities, trade and investment exchanges as well as tackling the challenges affecting the inflow of foreign direct investment into businesses and economies in Africa. ATIGS 2018 aims to create an environment conducive to exchanges. It will allow participants to connect with key players to get their projects off the ground and expand their activities in Africa.

Importance of Participating in ATIGS 2018

Sub-Saharan African trade volumes are expected to quadruple by 2030. African markets are firmly on the radar of major investors and international trade as they hold many untapped opportunities for investors, exporters and companies.

As the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria is properly positioned as a destination of choice for foreign direct investments (FDI) and delegates can leverage on the platforms provided by this high impact event to understand latest global best practices relating to trade and investment facilitation, attract substantial FDI and business partnerships that will promote trade and investment and further grow revenue. This gives a strategic advantage to participants/delegation from Nigeria.

ATIGS 2018 is primed to be a strategic business event which will includes series of dialog sessions on various sectors of the economy. These would be facilitated by eminent speakers from the private and public sectors of the economy with global perspectives. ATIGS 2018 will bring together major players in various sectors of the economy such as Maritime, Creative Industry, Technology, Sports, Services, Oil & Gas, SMEs, Agri-business, Aviation, Mining, Financial Services, Hospitality & Tourism which will boost revenue generation, encourage diversification and engender sustainable growth of the national economy.

The Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS 2018) would:

  • Facilitate the removal of impediments to local capital formation and entrepreneurial aspirations based on new partnerships and deals that will be made at the summit.

  • Institutionalize a mechanism for consultations and mutually beneficial exchange between local and international investors, on one hand; and local and international investors and key public-sector players in the investment ecosystem in Nigeria, on the other.

  • Provide exhibition platform that will raise or enhance the visibility of Nigeria as a key destination for both foreign portfolio and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as well as showcase the investment potentials to global investors.

  • Address issues germane to the competitiveness of Nigeria as an investment destination in Africa and give opportunities to Nigerian business owners to facilitate the entry of and/or represent new ventures or companies in the Nigerian market.

  • Provide opportunity for networking, market knowledge sharing, marketing & matchmaking, Business-to-Business (B2B), Government-to-Business (G2B), Government-to-Government (G2G) meetings & deal making.

  • Contribute to AGOA, Trade Africa, World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), SDGs Agenda 2030 and Africa Union (AU) Agenda 2063 by playing an important contribution in enabling companies all around the world and global investors to access African markets as a one-stop shop facilitating international trade and investment partners to support all internationally agreed sustainable development goals and objectives.

  • Include a series of keynotes, exhibition, dedicated networking sessions, country & sector focus roundtables, sightseeing tours, investors’ zone, ministerial roundtable, trade experts zone, red carpet treatment, and others.

  • Be attended by high-level government delegations, project developers, business leaders, trade promotion organizations (TPOs) and investment promotion agencies (IPAs) from various African countries, and over 350 global investors.

  • Bring together new and established partners from around the world under one roof with a view to increase business ties and partnerships, highlight and showcase trade and investment opportunities across Africa and enable companies from around the world to expand or establish operations in Africa.

Benefits of Exhibiting at ATIGS 2018

  • From visibility to credibility, exhibiting at this global summit has hundreds of benefits for your business. Establishing a presence, whether big or small, for your company gives you a powerful platform for meeting new customers, reaching out to your existing clientele, and building a more established and reliable brand.

  • Exhibiting at ATIGS 2018 can be a great way to advertise to a global target market and create brand awareness which can lead to new business partnerships and/or exchanges which is a good way to raise your company’s profile and generate leads.

  • Taking a stand at this summit comes with great advertising mileage and sponsorship opportunities. The ATIGS 2018 exhibition offers budget friendly solutions to market your brand and sell your product. With a simple booth, some technological accessories and selling charm, this summit offers simple, inexpensive ways to get your brand on the market.

  • ATIGS 2018 exhibition is open to a large and diverse range of audiences. This provides your company with a platform to promote its product or service to a broader group that may have little or no knowledge of your products and services.

  • Depending on your type of business, product and market testing can be carried out at the exhibition to gain industry or general opinion about your offering for the new product launch. Being able to explain your offering in person and answer questions is ideal if your product is innovative.

  • Networking during the exhibition is a great way to meet potential new customers, suppliers, see latest trends and to learn more about your competitors. New relationships and deeper connections open channels for new sales leads. You may find a new market that hasn't been tapped into yet or you may discover a need for a potential new product.

  • Being involved in the exhibition of ATIGS 2018 will provide you or your company with opportunities to branch out to business-to-business trading and create a customer database from the visitors to your display booth as meeting face-to-face with potential customers is a great way to start building relationships, marketing lists and generate qualified sales leads.

  • Exhibiting at this ATIGS 2018 trade show gives your company’s team an unprecedented level of access to important prospects, all without the resentment and apprehension that characterizes traditional direct sales. Typical objections disappear as participants are in a buying (or research-focused) mood.

Target Audience: Who Should Attend

ATIGS is a limited event so an appropriate distribution of participation is necessary for the Summit to be successful. The following types of organizations are invited to attend ATIGS;

  • Agents & Distributors

  • Law Firms

  • Consultants

  • Investment Officers

  • Media Associations

  • Service Providers

  • Economic Advisors

  • Business Leaders

  • Embassies / Consulate Members

  • National Investment Bodies

  • Intergovernmental Agencies

  • Researchers / Academicians

  • Importers & Exporters

  • Key Government Officials

  • Export Promotions Bodies

  • Subject Matter Experts

  • Financial Institutions and Banks

  • Economic Development Organizations (EDOs)

  • Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) / Trade Promotional Organizations (TPOs)

  • Global Logistics and Trade Compliance Executives

  • International Business Development Executives

  • International Development Organizations (IDOs)

  • International and Domestic Investors / Multinational Enterprises (MNEs)

  • Industry Experts & Professionals / Industry and Technical Specialists

  • Current International Companies Investing and Operating in Africa

  • Private Sector Companies looking to establish or expand operations in Africa

Call to Action

ATIGS is the ultimate trade and investment summit to experience a comprehensive display of companies and investors around the world, high-level government officials, business leaders, TPOs and IPAs from various Africa nations and other parts of the world under one roof.

The highly focused gathering provides the ideal platform to meet directly with Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) from various countries around the world whose purpose is to attract inward investment to their respective countries, regions or cities and also Trade Promotion Organisations (TPOs) from various countries whose purpose is to promote external trade to their respective Country, State, Region or City.

As Nigeria progresses in the global ease of doing index, companies need to re-calibrate the criteria to identify new opportunities that can be sustainably explored. How can companies prepare? Do the criteria give some clarity on future expectations of the effects of disruptive technologies? When should businesses act and what are the first steps to take?

Whether your goal is to cultivate relationships or showcase the investment potentials of your business on the trade and investment grandest stage, stake your presence where the world’s present and future torchbearers will come together—at ATIGS 2018.

If you would like to join the delegation; those already registered to attend and/or exhibit at this important event – gaining access to high-quality delegates with extensive global reach – please contact us.

Summit Participation Hotline: +234 (0) 8034869295

If you have any questions, we can be reached on 08034869295, 08091110225 or email

Deadline for assessment & registration is 31st March, 2018...Register today!



    Prince Joel & Associates

    Managing Partner (Country Representative & Planning Committee Member-ATIGS 2018)

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