Regional Partners
China-Russia Regional Cooperation and Development Investment Fund
Regional Partner

On September 12th, 2018, President Xi Jinping announced the formal establishment of the China-Russia Regional Cooperation and Development Investment Fund with a total scale of RMB 100 billion(hereinafter referred to as the Fund) at the Fourth Plenary Session of the Eastern Economic Forum held by Russia, and expressed his willingness to work with Russia to support the operation of the Fund, promote the landing of major projects and make it an important platform for China-Russia regional cooperation.

The establishment and development of the Fund has been directly cared by President Xi Jinping and Russian President Putin, and has received strong guidance and support from the government departments of China and Russia. The Fund will link up the "The Belt and Road" initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union strategy, strengthen international capacity cooperation, and make greater contributions to promoting the industrial construction and economic and trade cooperation among China, Russia and the countries along "The Belt and Road".

The Fund will focus on supporting the cooperation directions and projects determined by the China-Russia Joint Statement, Joint Communiqué and the China-Russia Investment Cooperation Committee, the Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee of Northeast China and Russian Far East, and the Yangtze River-Russian Volga River Local Cooperation Council, including bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects between China and Russia, and the projects of China and Russia in third countries or regions. Investment fields include energy resources, infrastructure, high-end equipment manufacturing, high-tech, people's livelihood consumption, cultural tourism, modern service industry and so on.

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The Union of Chinese Entrepreneurs in Russia
Regional Partner

The Union of Chinese Entrepreneurs in Russia was established on 15 April 2006 in Russia with the approval of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. Its mission is to expand and bolster ties and cooperation between Chinese enterprises, inform its participants about current policies in various businesses, provide consulting and legal services, intensify Chinese enterprises’ dialogue with the Russian authorities and business community, respond to the wishes and demands of Union members, protect their legal rights, and promote the development of Russian-Chinese economic cooperation.

At present, the Union of Chinese Entrepreneurs in Russia has more than 4000 regular members. Through its broad relations, extensive contacts, information support, and ability to provide emergency assistance, the Union of Chinese Entrepreneurs provides its compatriots with the information they need, expands dialogue among companies, creates a strategy to broaden the presence of Chinese companies abroad, helps to better adapt its members to the socioeconomic life in Russia, and strives to strengthen its position and continuously develop.

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The Agency for the Promotion of Investment (API)
Regional Partner

The Agency for the Promotion of Investment (API) is a financially independent state administrative body that is subordinate to the Ministry for the Promotion of the Private Sector.

Since its official creation in July 2014, the Agency for the Promotion of Investment (API Congo–Brazzaville) has been operating within a system of other structures that work to facilitate the creation and development of a sustainable national economy outside the oil sector. The API’s activities are based on the guiding strategic provisions of the president’s national development programme, which focuses on the urgent need to continue and intensify economic diversification.

The API’s mission is to develop its own operational potential and engage in research and information activities in an effort to create and provide prospects for a better future for new generations.

The Niger Investment and Strategic Projects Promotion Agency
Regional Partner

The Niger Investment and Strategic Projects Promotion Agency is a government agency under the office of the President and is responsible for promoting and facilitating local and foreign direct investment in Niger.

Launched in 2018, the Niger Investment and Strategic Projects Promotion Agency is a gateway for investors aiming at developing new or existing operations.

The mission of the Niger Investment and Strategic Projects Promotion Agency is to promote Niger as a competitive destination for foreign direct investment, especially in industries where the country offers a competitive advantage and highly profitable prospects for private investors.

The agency provides end-to-end support to all investors, with a particular focus on projects suited to Niger’s future and strategic development plan.

The Eswatini Investment Promotion Authority (EIPA)
Regional Partner

The Eswatini Investment Promotion Authority (EIPA) was created through an Act of Parliament, the Eswatini Investment Promotion Act of 1998, and was formally launched in April that year. The EIPA is a ‘Category A’ Public Enterprise and is wholly funded by the Government of Eswatini. The EIPA's mission is to promote and facilitate local and foreign direct investment and trade in Eswatini.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso (CCI-BF)
Regional Partner

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina (CCI-BF) is a Public Institution with a professional character, legal personality, financial autonomy and management in continuous operation since 2007. It is under the technical supervision of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

The CCI-BF is a constituted body, empowered to represent, the general interests of commerce, industry and services before the public authorities.

Convinced of the importance of the private sector and the role it will have to play in reviving the economy and strengthening the prosperity of our country, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso, as spokesperson of the Institutional Private Sector, has a Strategic Mandate Plan (PSM) for the period 2016–2021.

The CCI-BF has great ambitions for the private sector and for the country as a whole. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry will, therefore, have to exercise greater leadership in all spheres of national economic life; it will also have to be more efficient and be seen as a source of proposals for the public authorities and a real engine behind the private sector of Burkina Faso.

The Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IAS RAS)
Regional Partner

The Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IAS RAS) is the only Russian scientific centre that comprehensively studies the problems of Africa and provides a research-based substantiation of Russia’s strategy towards Africa. Established in October 1959, to this day it remains a unique centre for Russia’s study of Africa, conducts fundamental and applied research, and coordinates the efforts of individual researchers and specific groups of Africanists in the Russian Federation. The Institute also integrates and consolidates the work of Africanists in Russia and a number of post-Soviet countries. The Institute is the core organization for the activities of the RAS Scientific Council on the Problems of Africa (SCA) within the RAS Department of Global Problems and International Relations.

The innovative and advanced research clusters of the Institute of African Studies have propelled it to the ranks of the world’s leading research schools, and its influence and significance are recognized by foreign research partners who have steadily shown increased interest in the research, development, and new areas of research of the IAS RAS, including the work of Russia’s leading African researchers such as Irina Abramova, Alexey Vasilyev, Leonid Fituni, and Dmitry Bondarenko, among others.

The Institute has 10 research centres as well as the Centre for Scientific Information and International Relations, the Graduate School Department, and the Publishing Department.

The Institute publishes two scientific journals: Asia and Africa Today and Scientific Notes of the RAS Institute for African Studies, which are highly popular among the scientific community of Russia and other countries.

The Institute actively collaborates with and provides advisory and analytical assistance to Russia’s government and agencies as well as to other organizations that are interested in developing business ties with African countries. The IAS RAS made a huge contribution to preparations for and the successfully hosting of the Russia–Africa Summit in Sochi in 2019.

The Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique (CTA)
Regional Partner

The Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique (CTA) was established on 5 April 1996 as a result of the transformation of the Working Commission of Associations (CTA), which was created to address challenges related to the introduction of a market economy system. The Confederation is a non-partisan non-governmental economic organization whose mission is to facilitate the economic and social development of Mozambique through growth in the private sector by promoting and protecting business opportunities and private initiatives, a culture of entrepreneurship, and business associations.

The Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique is an official partner in the government-based dialogue, acts on behalf of the private sector, and is working to improve the business climate in the country by promoting economic and regulatory reforms.

The organization currently has 140 members, including industry federations, chambers of commerce, and business associations. It is represented throughout the country and in all sectors of the economy.

The Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA)
Regional Partner

The Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) was established in 1988. It was initiated with the support of the Tanzanian Government to strengthen the private sector.

Establishment of the TCCIA was an important step in moving on from a centralised, planned economy towards a more open, mixed economy providing full scope for privately owned enterprises and farms.

The TCCIA has opened regional offices in all 26 regions of mainland Tanzania and over 90 district centres, which are autonomous in their operational activities. Assistance by Swedish government development agency SIDA has played a vital role in establishing regional and district Chambers, especially in providing training, office equipment and mobilising/sensitising the business community.

These autonomous TCCIA Chambers in 21 regions of the country link the private sector to the Government with a view to promoting development of private enterprise. By linking issues central to business, the Chamber serves an arena where dialogue with the government promotes sustained growth and development of the private sector.

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Regional Partner

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in August 1986 as a Company Limited by Guarantee with the principal objective of promoting economic and industrial development within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in particular and in Nigeria as a whole.

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a non-partisan, non-sectarian, member-funded organisation solely representing the common interests of the business community in the FCT. The Chamber is privately funded by Corporations, Foundations and Members, so its energies are directed by the interests of the business community and the general public.

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry now has established association and linkages with business groups, trade associations, international chambers, government agencies, trade offices and foreign embassies, etc. in order to achieve its goal of enhancing sustainable growth and development of businesses in the FCT.

The mission of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry is to represent and serve its members, as well as support the development of our national economy. Membership of the Chamber is open to registered companies that meet the Chamber’s stringent conditions for good corporate citizenship.
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI)
Regional Partner

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) was established in 1965 after amalgamation of the three Chambers of Commerce existing at the time: the Asian, African and European Chambers mandated to protect and develop the interests of the business community.

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry is registered as a not-for-profit private company limited by guarantee under the Kenyan Companies Act Chapter 486.

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) is an association based trade support institution (TSI) working to protect the commercial and industrial interests of the Kenyan business community. KNCCI advocates creation of a favourable commercial, trade and investment environment supporting enterprise expansion. The membership of KNCCI consists of small and micro (MSEs), medium and big enterprises.

The Chamber of Commerce of Mali (CCIM)
Regional Partner

The Chamber of Commerce of Mali (CCIM) was established in 1906 in French Sudan (now Mali). This organization’s objectives, structure, and resource base have undergone a number of changes since this time. The CCIM was registered in its current form in 1998 as a government institution.

The CCIM is a specialized financially autonomous state institution that is incorporated as a legal entity. The CCIM aims to coordinate the activities and represent the interests of individuals and legal entities involved in various types of commercial or industrial activities as well as the provision of services.
Regional Partner

Founded in 1997 with the aim of becoming the country’s chief export promotion agency, Expolink has worked closely with the donor community in Egypt to manage and implement export development and promotional activities.

Expolink offers a full range of export development and export promotion activities, assisting the export community in maximizing its global outreach and international compliance.

Expolink works in close cooperation with partner organizations and institutions to embrace and collectively achieve nationally recognized goals for sustainable economic growth.

The Federation of Businesses of the Congo
Regional Partner

Each business faces particularly crucial stages in its life from the time it is created and over the course of its development. The FEC is constantly improving its services in order to create a conducive business climate so that companies are prepared for the difficulties that they may encounter in the course of their activities.

The FEC facilitates the growth of local entrepreneurship and the development of business spirit by creating an attractive and dynamic image of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its business.

Nowadays, businesses must be innovative with their products and services. The modern competitive environment has forced company managers to constantly improve their standards in order to maintain their market share.

In order to provide businesses with support as they search for innovations, the FEC utilizes all aspects of its best practices and provides business with the core solutions they need.

The FEC pushes companies towards success step by step. The Federation is a regular partner for them so that they can build companies’ projects together.