Investment, Trade and Development


About the ADIC

Investment, Trade & Development Event

Zurich Switzerland, 25 - 26 October 2018.

The African Development & Investment Convention (ADIC) is a one-stop-shop and access point to entering the African market. It is an annual convention devoted exclusively to promoting Africa as an investment and trade hub through public-private partnerships, project-investor matching, and showcasing of bankable projects across all sectors. The ADIC is an international convention that attracts investors, decision makers including head of states, development finance institution, funding institutions, researchers, thought leaders, regulatory bodies and entrepreneurs across the globe. ADIC is also the platform for networking among likeminded individuals, and a forum discussing investment, development and governance practice in Africa.

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Access to valuable clients in Africa:

The regional AFIDEP events are your chance to tap into a pool of local entrepreneurs and business executives.

Broad access to emerging markets:

The convention and regional forums holding across Sub-Saharan Africa give you the possibility to extend your reach from East to West.

Align your Brand with Africa:

Get your company on course—besides furthering African development, our events are the ideal opportunity to gather market information and leads, as well as associating your brand with African development.

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  2. Official Airlines
  3. Media
  4. Support
  5. Organisers

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H.E. John Dramani Mahama

H.E. John Mahama

HE John D. Mahama
President (2013 - 2017)
The Republic of Ghana


HE John Dramani Mahama was the 4th President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana. He was popularly elected for a four-year term (January 07 2013 – January 06 2017) on December 07, 2012.

President Mahama had previously served as Vice President of the Republic of Ghana under the late President John Evans Atta Mills. He took over the reins of Government on the passing of President Mills on July 24, 2012, and assumed the role of Head of State, Head of Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

Unlike before, when only the aged were found going into agriculture ventures, things have changed now as the youth are now taking interest in the sector.
The agriculture sector holds the future of the African continent and more youth should be encouraged to take up the venture to help boost our economies."
HE John Dramani Mahama

Ghana, under President Mahama witnessed a massive infrastructure development drive that has solidly positioned the country for its next phase of development as a Lower Middle Income Country. At the end of his term in office, HE John Dramani Mahama guided the country through a peaceful transition that demonstrated the strength and robustness of Ghana as a democratic example.

President Mahama was born in Damongo in what is now the Damongo-Daboya Constituency of Ghana on the 29th of November 1958 and he attended primary school at the Achimota School in Accra, then the Ghana Secondary School in Tamale where he studied for his Ordinary and Advanced level GCE Certificates. Thereafter, he attended the University of Ghana, Legon where he read History, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1981.

He furthered his education by embarking on Post Graduate Studies in Communication also at the University of Ghana, in the School of Communication Studies, which he completed in 1986. His thirst for knowledge took him to Moscow, Russia for a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Psychology from the Institute of Social Sciences.

John Mahama is an avid reader, author and historian. Over the course of his career he has written for several newspapers and authored a number of publications. He published his first book, a memoir entitled ‘My First Coup D'etat and other true stories from the lost decades of Africa’.

John Mahama considers the combination of the study of history, communications and social psychology as having had a profound impact on shaping his views, thoughts and understanding of the human condition and have contributed significantly to making him the person he is today.


The President first contested to serve as a Member of Parliament for the Bole-Bamboi Constituency in 1996, and won on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). He was re-elected to Parliament two more times in the year 2000, and 2004 prior to becoming the Vice-Presidential Candidate for the Party in 2008.

During his first term of Office as an MP he was appointed Deputy Minister of Communications, and subsequently appointed substantive Minister. He was the first Chairman of the National Communications Authority and in that capacity played a key role in shaping Ghana's telecommunication's sector after deregulation.

During the NDC Administration of 1996-2000 he was also a member of the economic management team, and played a key role in the publicity committee for the re-introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT).

When the NDC Government left office in January 2001 he served as the Minority Spokesman for Communications in Parliament from 2001 to 2004, the Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2008, and as a Member of the Pan African Parliament. On 30 March 2014, he was elected by the Assembly of Heads of Statesin West Africa to preside over ECOWAS. On 26 June 2014, he was elected Chairperson of the African Union’s (AU’s) High-Level African Trade Committee (HATC). On 21 January 2016 on the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos, H.E became co-chair of the SDG’s Advocates group which consists of 17 eminent persons assisting the UN Secretary-General in the campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that world leaders unanimously adopted in September 2015. With a mandate to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030, the SDG Advocates have been working to promote the universal sustainable development agenda, to raise awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs, and to foster the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of these Goals. In December 2016, he was the co-mediator of the ECOWAS mediation team to resolve the post-election political impasse in The Gambia between the defeated incumbent, Yahya Jammeh and declared winner, H.E Adama Barrow

Apart from his love of reading and acquiring knowledge, President Mahama is a champion of youth empowerment across the continent and also has a keen interest in technology and being a farmer himself, he’s particularly interested in finding the most effective ways to improve agricultural productivity and continues to encourage more young people to see farming as a viable business and not a subsistence activity.

He also takes keen interest in the opportunities for simplifying and making tasks easier with the use of Information and Communications Technology, and considers the ICT industry one of the sectors that can play a significant role in economic transformation and job creation.

President John Dramani Mahama is a man of many talents and accomplishments, who committed himself to fulfilling the vision of creating a Better Ghana by focusing on Jobs, Stability and Development.

H.E has been the recipient of several awards across Africa and internationally for his distinguished career and achievements in the development of Ghana and his contributions to the African continent.

President Mahama has been married to Mrs. Lordina Dramani Mahama and they live in Accra with their children.

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Focus on Africa

Focus on Africa

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  • Markets with growing demand & low saturation
  • Focus on development through business investment as an alternative to aid
  • Wide variety of investment opportunities in different economies and regions

For Investors and Companies

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  • Find investment-ready projects
  • Insights & best practices for successful investments in Africa
  • Compare investment opportunities from across the continent

Who Can Attend

Who Can Attend?

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ADIC will provide a platform for the exploration of opportunities in Africa in the sectors like:

  • Fintech
  • Manufacturing
  • Infrastructure
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture, and more.


People & Coverage

  • Public & Private Sectors
  • Global Investors & Development Partners
  • Technical and Engineering Partner
  • Farmers and Real Estate Developers

ADIC 2018 Sessions

  • Speeches, Panel discussion, Workshops
  • Project Presentation, VIP Dinner & Awards
  • Tour of Public Infrastructure
  • Do-Tank Session - Africans

Projects Services

  • Government / Company / Investor?
  • Do you have a project worth investing?
  • See project page / submit project

Sponsors Opportunities

  • Co-Branding Partnership
  • Diamond Partnership
  • Gold Partnership
  • Silver Partnership
  • ...and more

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Event Location

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Street: Schluefweg 10
Town: Kloten Zurich (ZH)
Postcode: 8302
Country: Switzerland

About ADIC

The African Development & Investment Convention (ADIC) is a one-stop-shop and access point to entering the African market. It is an annual convention devoted exclusively to promoting Africa as an investment and trade hub through public-private partnerships, project-investor matching, and showcasing of bankable projects across all sectors.

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DCG Switzerland
Alte Zugerstrasse 4
    8820 Wädenswil ZH.
 +41 43 833 0214
+41 43 833 0215

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