Past eventResearch Event

Strengthening SMEs and Expanding Employment in Africa: Diaspora Engagement and Investment

26 July 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Hon Captain  Momodu Pat-Sowe, Minister of Trade and Industry, Republic of Sierra Leone
HE Yamina Karitanyi, High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom
Victor Adeleke, Deputy Head, Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria High Commission
Bimbo Roberts Folayan, Executive Director, Nigeria Diaspora Direct Investment Summit
Hillary M. Chindodo, Founder and CEO, Commodity and General Trading Limited



Africa has the fastest population growth and hosts the largest youth population in the world. The fastest growing African economies have not yet delivered adequate jobs, and population growth is outstripping GDP growth. With high levels of youth unemployment a current and future challenge, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a critical role to play in job creation, generating around 80 per cent of jobs on the continent.

This event will examine how to support SMEs and enhance diaspora investment, looking at mechanisms for improved information sharing and coordination between businesses and diaspora.

This event is held in partnership with AFFORD.