Africa CEO Forum Sets Out Program for Transforming the Continent’s Private Sector

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The Africa CEO Forum, the world’s largest gathering of the continent’s private sector stakeholders, will hold its 6th edition on 26th and 27th March 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

More than 1,200 key figures and decision-makers from industry, finance and politics will converge from 60 countries to attend the event.

With its chosen theme, ‘African Champions: Powering Competitiveness’, the 2018 edition of the event aims to enable its participants to formulate action plans for the transformation of the continent’s large companies.

Africa’s private sector has developed at a relatively rapid pace over the past two decades, most recently showing its capacity to resist a period of economic slowdown.

However, the number and size of leading companies remain small when measured against other emerging regions.

While economic recovery takes shape, the unprecedented technological disruption that is occurring all over the world can be a tool for African champions to grow ever faster, to increase their competitiveness, and to challenge their counterparts at a global level.

Despite the risks they pose to the industry in terms of job creation, these digital revolutions also enable acceleration on a new scale in several fields: financial inclusion, logistics, access to health and education, agricultural competitiveness and innovation among them.

Providing the business climate continues to improve and investment to strengthen, this large-scale evolution will also result in a new generation of dynamic African companies.

Through twenty sessions organized by sector and region, case studies by top CEOs, success stories, strategic workshops, and themed task forces, the 2018 edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM sets out to open the perspective on a new era for the private sector, and to make the next ten years of growth a decade of entrepreneurial transformation in Africa.

Key speakers leading the 2018 debate will include Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire; Philippe Le Houérou, CEO of the International Finance Corporation; Jim Ovia, Founder and CEO of Zenith Bank; Claudio Descalzi, CEO of ENI; Janine Kacou Diagou, Managing Director of the NSIA Group; Yolanda Cuba, CEO of Vodafone Ghana; and Vuyani Jarana, CEO of South African Airways among others.

The Africa CEO Forum is organized by Jeune Afrique Media Group, the publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, and by rainbow unlimited, a Swiss company specialized in event organization and economic promotion.

Following the success of its 2017 edition, which welcomed almost 1,200 business leaders from Africa and the world, the AFRICA CEO FORUM has established itself as the main international event for the African private sector to discuss the continent’s development in a highly professional environment ideal for business networking.


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