SABA’s History

SABA was created in 2019 as a product of the work undertaken by the Scotland Africa Business Exchange, founded in 2015.

During this period SABE organised and hosted several inward trade missions from African Ambassadors and their trade teams including Ghana, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda and South Africa. As well as this SABE initiated, organised and hosted consecutive Scotland Africa Oil & Gas conferences which included energy ministers (African and Scottish), heads of national oil companies and other energy-related government officials from the continent.

SABE has also participated and presented at numerous trade focussed events including Chairing the Africa session at the Scottish Government and CBI Scotland’s “Export Challenge” launch event and presenting on partnerships for development at the “Celebrating Mandela’s Centenary” in Glasgow.

In 2018 the Scotland Africa Business Exchange hosted the African Union Heads of Mission Meeting in Edinburgh over three days. Eighteen African Heads of Mission and their trade teams visited Scotland, in the largest event of its kind, to engage with the Scottish government, business and institutions, across multiple sectors, to learn more about Scotland’s expertise and the trade and exporting potential. As a result, eleven attendee countries requested SABE to be their trade development partner in Scotland with a further six requesting help with specific projects.

Recognising that promoting the vast opportunities available to Scotland across Africa would need a more targeted and partnership led approach, SABA was founded to explore, collate and disseminate this information in a way that created a more efficient and business-friendly environment for its members and partners.


Upcoming Events

Ghana Business Visit to Scotland 24th – 27th July 2019

Ghana – Following the previous visit from HE Papa Owusu-Ankomah, several Scottish companies and education institutions have entered the Ghanaian market with great success. The focus has until been oil & gas, and whilst seeking to continue

Kenya Big 4 Agenda Opportunities for Scotland July 2019

President Kenyatta’s Big 4 Agenda, part of Kenya’s Vision 2030 development programme, offers a wealth of opportunities for Scottish business and institutions across sectors such as education, renewables, power, oil & gas, infrastructure, ICT, agriculture......

North African Heads of Mission Meeting Expected Q4 2019

Following the success of the African Heads of Mission Meeting in September 2018, which concentrated on Sub-Saharan Africa, SABA will host the Ambassadors and trade teams of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt in Edinburgh for two days of meetings...