There is no doubt that this platform will be a useful instrument in promoting trade and investment within the continent and between Africa and the rest of the world. It will provide African businesses with the opportunity to explore new sources of supply while at the same time giving overseas companies an excellent opportunity to identify partners with whom to work to promote their products and services on the continent.
More importantly, the platform is meant to be a relevant and easy to use tool for those active and interested in doing business on the African continent.
It is my hope that with the availability of this important new digital resource, large and small businesses will take advantage of it to improve the operations of their enterprises. As support programs evolve, with new programs emerging and some closing, the platform will similarly be updated to present the most up-to-date information.
It is, therefore, my pleasure to offer, on behalf of the African Union Commission, this important information for businesses within and outside the continent. We encourage all users, both small and large, to make full use of this platform, provide feedback to enhance it, and inform others about its existence.
Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the work of the Department of Economic Development, Trade, Tourism, Industry and Minerals: Mr. Djamel Ghrib, Director of Economic Development, Integration and Trade; Mr. Charles Chiza, Acting Director of Industry, Minerals, Entrepreneurship, and Tourism; Mr. Hussein Hassan Head of Industry, Innovation, and Minerals; Mr. Islam Swaleh, Acting Head of Entrepreneurship and Investment, Ms. Ron Osman, Senior Policy Officer, Industry; Mr. Elia Karuhanga, Policy Officer, Private Sector Development and Dr. Patrick Olomo, Policy Officer Private Sector Development.