In June 2017 Invest Africa (IA) and the Business Council for Africa (BCA) announced a strategic partnership and signalled to members the intention to merge our respective operations.

As of the 1st of May 2018, the two organisations operated as Invest Africa and adopted the well-known BCA logo.

The strong reputation and heritage of the BCA, and its in-country representation across Africa, together with IA’s international network of influencers and investors, fits the expanded organisation’s ambition to be the global platform for trade and investment on the African Continent. We will continue to enjoy strong connections through our membership of the European Business Council for Africa, (EBCAM) with over 4000 European members active in Africa.

A responsible and profitable private sector has a crucial role to play in Africa’s development and it is in this spirit that BCA and Invest Africa’s common goal will evolve under the guidance of the Invest Africa Advisory Board, chaired by Mark Simmonds. The Chairman of the BCA, David Lamb, will join the IA Board, and BCA Adviser, Lanre Akinola will be on the IA Advisory Board.

Invest Africa, continues to support the BCA and its activities as a ‘not for profit organisation’. Future composition of the new organisation and its strategy will be announced in due course.

With a combined membership of more than 400 individuals and companies, ranging from global organisations and multi-nationals to individual entrepreneurs, we will continue to focus on connecting the private sector with opportunities.

The membership services will be enhanced by an ever-growing events programme of more than 50 events per annum, in London and in the chapter cities of Dubai, Geneva, Johannesburg, Cape Town and New York. We will continue to provide comprehensive business intelligence and access to a wider network and source of introductions.