Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has arrived in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, to attend the 2017 edition of the Global Business Forum on Africa. Organized by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the forum on the theme “Next Generation Africa” and will take place between November 1 and 2, 2017. The high-profile event, held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will explore new opportunities to enhance economic cooperation and expand trade and investment ties between the Middle East and Africa. The two-day forum features a total of 24 sessions that will involve the participation of heads of state, ministers and dignitaries, policymakers, CEOs, prominent entrepreneurs, and heads of private banks, as well as UAE government and business leaders. H.E. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Mohamed Dewji, Chief Executive Officer, METL Group, Tanzania will be discussing the topic “Industrialisation – the path to growth?” The Vice President will also partake in a number of sessions including meeting with potential investors and the Ghanaian community in Dubai. He will also hold private meetings with a number of former and current Heads of States including H.E. Paul Kagame of Rwanda, H.E. Marcel de Souza, President of the ECOWAS Commission, and H.E. Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana. H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber, said: “African economies are witnessing remarkable growth at the moment, offering exciting business opportunities in a wide range of sectors. Therefore, it is an ideal time to examine these trends in more detail and determine how Dubai can play a greater role in facilitating Africa’s future growth.” The Global Business Forum series, launched by Dubai Chamber in 2012, focuses on Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Latin America. The series has so far hosted 10 heads of state, 74 ministers and dignitaries, and 5,400 executives, as well as a host of influential decision makers from 65 countries around the world. The previous Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai attracted more than 1,000 participants, while more than 100 bilateral investment meetings were held during the event. Dr. Bawumia will return to Accra on Friday, November 3, 2017.