The 4th GABS will take place from 6-8 December in Johannesburg where German and African business interests meet, where economic partnerships between Germany and Sub-Saharan Africa are strengthened, and where business trends and market opportunities are explored.
The German African Business Summit (GABS) is Germany’s signature business event in Africa. At the GABS, top business and government leaders from Germany and Sub-Saharan Africa meet every two years in Africa to discuss and promote economic relations between Europe’s largest economy and the fastest-growing region in the world. The GABS is organized by the Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative of German Business (SAFRI) and chaired by the SAFRI Chairman, Prof. Dr. Heinz-Walter Große.
The Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative of German Business (SAFRI) is the regional initiative of German business. SAFRI is jointly supported by the following business associations: Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag – DIHK), Federation of German Industries (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie – BDI), Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (Bundesverband Großhandel, Außenhandel, Dienstleistungen – BGA), and German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft – AV).
SAFRI‘s aim is to improve the perception of Africa as a continent of opportunities among German businesses and to highlight their responsibility within this framework. SAFRI offers a platform for a united approach with the African partners focussed on building and intensifying economic cooperation as well as promoting investment and trade.
The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) is co – organizing the GABS. The SAGCC was formed in 1952 and is the largest and oldest bi-lateral chamber representing nearly 600 members across South Africa, SADC, Germany, and Switzerland.