Africa Business Day


The Africa Business Day is the indispensable annual platform in Switzerland for doing business in and with Africa. Africa Business Day is organized by the Swiss-African Business Circle under the patronage of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.  In 2020, the event was hosted by Roche virtually. The event brought together 300 participants from more than 30 countries including CEOs, members of the Board, business development managers, African Ambassadors based in Switzerland, Swiss Ambassadors based in Africa, export managers and investors. During the event, African Embassies/Missions  present investment opportunities in their respective countries at country desks in the dedicated virtual exhibition area.

Emerging Business Models was the theme of Africa Business Day 2020.  Speakers talked about trends that are shaping business model innovation on the continent and outlined how they build resilient business models on the African continent. 

A highlight of the program included a one-to-one conversation with André Hoffmann, Vice Chair of the Board, Roche Holding Ltd. where he outlined his vision on a number of topics including long-term and sustainable business models, the interplay between the public and private sectors as well as innovation and education in the Swiss-African context.

Three keynote speakers set the tone for the day and shared their perspective on business model innovation including: Alex Osterwalder, Inventor of the Business Model Canvas and Founder of; Emilia Chisango, Finance Director, Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe Limited (part of the Econet Group) and Padraic Ward, Head of Pharma International, Roche
Access the full 2020 program HERE
Download the Post-Event Report HERE

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Media Coverage 2020


19 October 2020 – Simon Petite , Emilia Chisango: «Les faiblesses de l’Afrique peuvent aussi être des opportunités», Le Temps (online): LINK

23 October 2020 – First ever virtual Africa Business Day closes the geographic gap, SABC Press Release:  LINK

23 October 2020, Lassila Karuta, Roche plant auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent mit Wachstum, AWP Press  LINK

23 October 2020, Lassila Karuta, Roche compte continuer à se développer sur le continent africain, AWP Press : LINK

23 October 2020, Roche compte continuer à se développer sur le continent africain,  LINK

23 October 2020, Roche will wachstum auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent vorantreiben, LINK

23 October 2020, Roche vuole crescere in Africa entro 3 anni 1 milliardo fatturato,  LINK

23 October 2020,  Roche will auf dem Afrikanischen Kontinent wachsen, LINK

25 October 2020, ABD @ 10 Introduces new Innovative Format for Global Reach, Africa Link: LINK

28 October 2020 – Samuel Polley, “Over 300 at 2020 ABD: “Africa is a pragmatic result-oriented society…”, Africa Link: LINK

5 November 2020, Trusts between Geneva and Port-Louis stay largely unnoticed, Africa Intelligence, : LINK


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