The Africa Islamic Economic Forum (AIEF) is an evolution from the West Africa Islamic Investment Forum (WAIIF), which was held between the 28th February and 1st March, 2011, Kano, capital of Kano State in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Forum which was held under the auspices of the Kano State Government, was organised by the Green Oasis Associates Ltd, in close collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank, and Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the Ghana Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tamale, assembled experts and economic stakeholders from all over the world under one umbrella, providing a platform for productive discourse, collaboration and networking between business leaders, decision makers and influencers in the region for shaping the future of Islamic investments in West Africa.The Dangote-Group was the official partner of the Forum.
The occasion was graced by distinguished dignitaries, including His Excellency, Malam (Dr) Ibrahim Shekarau, Executive Governor of Kano State, His Royal Highness, the Emir of Kano, Alh. Dr. Ado Bayero, (now of blessed memory), Late Dr. Lateef Adegbite (of blessed memory), Secretary General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Dr Ahmad Mohieldin, Assistant Secretary General of ICCI, DR Omer El Ameen, of ICCI, Jeddah, Hon. Dr. Abdel Majeed Haroun, a former Minister of Mines, Republic of Ghana, Ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Niger and Chad Republics and representatives from the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jeddah, Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah, Islam Channel TV, UK, Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Dangote – Group.
Also, delegations from the republics of Ghana and Chad, Islamic Organizations like the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Federation of Muslim Women in Nigeria (FOMWAN), and the Muslim Sisters Organization (MSO), Jama’atu Nasril Islam and Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, and corporate bodies offering Islamic Financial services in Nigeria like, Lotus Capital Investments Ltd and Jaiz International PLC, among others were represented. Angola was represented by an official from the Angolan Chamber of Commerce and Industry as an observer.
Papers were presented on investment opportunities in the various sectors of the West African economy by local and international experts from the academia, industries, financial sector as well as private and public institutions.