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

HMA Louise De Sousa, UK Ambassador to Tunisia, visit to Scotland 22nd & 23rd October

On October 22nd and 23rd our UK Ambassador to Tunisia, Louise De Sousa, will visit to discuss opportunities in Tunisia covering a range of sectors. On the evening of the 22nd, SABA will be hosting a meeting and reception covering opportunities in oil & gas

HE Linda Scott, High Commissioner of Namibia, Edinburgh meeting 30th October 2019

On the 30th October SABA will hold a private round table meeting with Her Excellency Linda Scott, High Commissioner of Namibia in central Edinburgh. Her Excellency will cover a broad range of sectors followed by a Q&A.

North African Heads of Mission Meeting Expected Q2 2020

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...