Talley-Miruka Partnership to Assist Associations in Africa

September 10, 2018

Talley-Miruka Partnership to Assist Associations in Africa

Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG), and African association professional Jeffers Miruka of Kenya, are jointly launching the African Association Management Company (AFAMCO), headquartered in Kenya, providing associations with global experience, local connections, education and opportunity on the African Continent, while enabling growth for the organizations each company represents.

“Talley Management Group is very excited to add yet another global partnership to our list of growing brands,” said TMG President Gregg Talley, CAE. “With over 30 years of experience, TMG brings knowledge in the areas of full-service management, association program consulting and association outsourcing. Jeffers is an ideal partner for TMG as he is an association professional and has connections with nonprofit associations within Africa. We are excited to see what the future holds for us and look forward to expanding the AMC model within Africa.”

April 13, 2018

The Association of Association Executives Expands to Africa

The Association of Association Executives has launched a new event to include Africa in its series of congresses. The Africa Associations Congress will take place 29 – 31 October 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) in Pretoria, South Africa. Themed ‘Transformation’, the congress is designed for Pan-African, Regional and National associations in Africa and also for International associations with members in Africa.

When asked why this was the right time to organise such a conference, Damian Hutt, Executive Director of the Association of Association Executives, said: At the AAE we have a growing number of members and subscribers in Africa, now over three thousand, as well as delegates from South Africa to our Associations World Congress earlier this year. We have been researching and assembling the building blocks for our Africa Associations Congress since 2015, including a marketer based in Kenya and our Global Development Director who is based in South Africa, who came on board last November.”

The programme will include streams for association leaders and strategists and streams for operation executives. The topics will include transformation through: organisational purpose, cultural transformation, best practice governance, membership engagement and value; transformational technology; conference transformation through content, marketing, sales and value, and more.

With the launch of this congress, Damian Hutt is committed to leaving a legacy in the african continent. He said: “Our commitment to Africa association and society executives is to provide valuable information, education and introduce vital business partners that will help them develop their organisations and member value, driving forward professions and trades throughout the continent.”

 

April 9, 2018

Developing Africa’s Bio-Economy in Durban

AfricaBio has announced the annual BIO Africa Convention which is set to be held between 27-29 August 2018 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC), in Durban, South Africa. It is an international event co-hosted by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an agency of South African Department of Science and Technology and AfricaBio, a biotechnology stakeholder association in partnership with other strategic partners. This is hosted in partnership with local industry and continental agencies.

Under the theme, “Africa – Open for business: Together building the Bio-Economy”, BIO Africa Convention aims to bolster developments and relationships across Africa in the growing bio-economy of the continent. International investors will be attending the conference which will facilitate business networks and the collaboration of minds amongst industry, academia, regulatory authorities and future industry leaders.

March 26, 2018

GainingEdge Scholars 2018 Goes to Two African Students

Αnother extension of GainingEdge’s CSR programmes, the GainingEdge Scholar Programme, was inaugurated in January this year as part of the organisation’s commitment to the industry. The programme recognises the importance of providing meaningful work experiences to students who wish to pursue careers in the business events industry and who demonstrate outstanding potential for future industry leadership.

The first recipients were two young scholars from Africa, Stalin Tawanda Mau Mau and Mercy Cherono Too. The latter’s project, undertaken for the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE), aims to find out the current capacity of African associations and what factors (if any) are limiting their success, and make recommendations for capacity building.

Gary Grimmer, CEO of GainingEdge, says: “Our Scholar programme is as focused on the long term as it is on the shorter term goal of conducting an important project. We see our Scholars as a growing community. They are part of a legacy that we are seeking to deliver to the industry. That means that we provide them with ongoing mentorship and a continuing interest in their future success.”

February 19, 2018

Networking while Learning at Meetings Africa

African association executives are set to meet from 26 to 28 February at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on the margins of Meetings Africa 2018. Their aim is to connect, network and learn.

Themed ‘Shared Economies’, the conference will shine a spotlight on collaboration as a tool to stimulate growth and encourage intra-African trade. It will include roundtable discussions, expert panels and keynote addresses on issues affecting association management on the continent and globally.

Promoting the value of partnership, the third annual African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE) Education Conference will take place on 25 and 26 February will aim to connect association management professionals from across the continent in a bid to find solutions to common problems whilst boosting the business events industry on the continent.

 

 

January 15, 2018

Get to Know Africa

Meetings Africa 2018 is scheduled to take place between 26 and 28 February at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg in South Africa. The event showcases Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where African associations and African meetings industry professionals can network, meet face-to-face with industry colleagues and form partnerships.

With exhibitors from 36 different countries worldwide, the 2-day exhibition includes various forums, information and education sessions, social events, as well as the annual awards ceremony for the top green stands at Meetings Africa 2018. In conjunction with the ICCA Africa Chapter, an Association Day is organised prior to the show, on 26 February 2018, gathering and education association professionals from Africa and beyond.

December 25, 2017

Boardroom on a hiatus

The whole Boardroom team is taking a much-deserved holiday. We’ll be back early 2018 for more news and high-quality content.

In the mean time, don’t hesitate to read the past issues of the magazine.

Our Features and Legacy sections are also worth a look.

December 8, 2017

South Africa’s Strategy to Attract Association Conferences

The South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) has big ambitions for its meetings business and is particularly interested in attracting international association conferences as part of its growth strategy.

South Africa is already a popular destination among associations and hosted 125 conferences accredited with the International Congress and Conventions Association in 2016, an addition of 17 more conferences than 2015.

South Africa Tourism recently issued a study that found the business events industry contributes €7.2 billion to the economy each year, but SANCB’s ambitions are not solely financially driven. South African leadership is eager to raise the country’s status as an active participant in the global knowledge economy.

To do so, the South African government has pledged to support the business events industry with a €5.6 million grant that allows SANCB to more aggressively bid for international association conferences and meetings over the next three years, SANCB will also target members of the association conferences that are already confirmed to take place in South Africa over the next five years.

SANCB is particularly interested in growing its influence in the medical and scientific fiel​d ​to build upon previous conferences such as the 21st International Aids Conference and the International Diabetes Federation Conference, which were hosted in South Africa last year.

July 13, 2017

Rwanda, a Newcomer as a Convention Destination

Rwanda is shaping up as one of East Africa’s premier business tourism destinations, following efforts by the government and its partners to help strengthen and grow the private sector in the meetings market, a recent article in The Independent argues.

Having climbed from 7th to 3rd in the International Congress and Convention Associations’ (ICCA’s) 2016 latest ranking of business tourism in Africa, Rwanda is obviously becoming a destination of choice for association planners.

The east African country invested in a brand new state of the art convention centre adjoining the Radisson Blu Hotel in Kigali, Marriott Hotel Kigali with major meeting spaces available in the hotel plus added new hotels. as does the investment in the national airline RwandAir, which is now serving 21 destinations in Africa, the Middle East and India while adding London at the end of May to their network too.

Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, boasts an international events under its belt, including high-level forums such as the World Economic Forum on Africa in May 2016, 27th African Union Summit in July 2016, the Global African Investment Summit in September 2016, Africa Hotel Investment Forum in October 2016 and the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in October 2016.

According to the latest biennial Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Rwanda is ranked the ninth safest country globally for tourists.