Successfully Navigating the African Marketplace

Equipping Business Leaders with the Skills and Tools to Do Business



Africa’s potential for business growth is unlike any part of the world. Home to seven of the ten fastest growing economies, the continent is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most desired trade and investment destination. However, doing business in Africa presents its own unique opportunities and challenges.

The IGD Advanced Executive Program on Doing Business is a high-level training program designed for senior executive American and global business leaders. The executive program will equip U.S., African and global business leaders with the professional capacity and leadership skills, connections and real-world business exposure to effectively explore and engage in trade and investment opportunities on the African continent.

The five-day immersion program will give business leaders the skills and practical knowhow to explore prospects for growth in emerging markets and context needed to ensure their success in navigating a dynamic African business environment. Leaders will gain working knowledge into the key business and trade trends, industries, and sectors in the country.

The Advanced Executive Programs proposed for 2019 will be held in Mozambique, Tunisia, and Nigeria. 

What Skills and Know-how Will American Business Leaders Gain?

  • That the African business culture is driven more by relationships and less by transactions.
  • African consumers have more disposable income than expected and spend more on consumption and capital goods, including access to mobile and internet services.
  • The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement is creating a single market in Africa. Doing business in Africa must take a regional approach.
  • Brand loyalty is as important to Africans as it is to Americans
  • Mobile and digital applications are a key part of the marketplace.
  • It is always advisable to use local consultants and experts. Their knowledge of local customs and culture will deepen U.S. investment.

Advanced Executive Program on Doing Business in Mozambique

Over the last decade, the Republic of Mozambique has achieved one of the highest rates of economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. Mozambique’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth reached 6.1% in 2015, largely driven by trade, manufacturing, extractive industries, transport and communication, and electricity production. The country’s abundance of natural resources offers tremendous investment potential in agriculture and agribusiness, energy, tourism, and infrastructure development.


The IGD Advanced Executive Program will be held later in the year in Mozambique. Led by Mozambique’s top business executives and government officials the Executive Program offers an opportunity for American private sector leaders and investors to understand the trade and investment climate and how do to business in Mozambique.


IGD hosted a Presidential Breakfast on Doing Business in Mozambique with H.E. Filipe Nyusi and high-level government officials on Thursday, September 26 from 8:00am – 9:30am during the opening week of the U.N. General Assembly.

See photo highlights from the event!






Evening Reception


Classroom immersion program


Meetings with Government Ministers and officials from key sectors


Daylong site visits to leading industries in Mozambique


Visit Mozambique’s top tourist sites and attend a closing Mozambican cultural celebration, organized in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture


Read the Blog Posts

IGD will publish a series of blog posts on the Advanced Executive Program in Africa.

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