Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, is set to meet with Unilever CEO Paul Polman at an annual event dubbed the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to discuss ways of building sustainable public-private partnerships in Africa.
At the event, which will be held on the 26th and 27th of March, the two will unveil their respective expectations of the process.
The Ghanaian President is known for his strong stance on Africa’s development and is currently one of the most prominent leaders in the continent’s political landscape.
Nana Akufo-Addo has also been known to distance himself from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), one of Africa’s biggest lenders.
The Head of State is currently advocating for the economic emancipation of the continent through increased international cooperation in trade and investment, rather than aid.
During their discussion, President Akufo-Addo and Polman, Unilever’s CEO, will give substance to the global pact between companies and governments.
Before an audience of around 1,200 business leaders, international investors, and policymakers, they will question Africa’s place in the world, the continent’s dependence on donors and the role of multinationals and the private sector in building sustainable growth and a transformed Africa.
The participation this year of the Presidents of Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Zimbabwe and Ghana, and the holding of the high profile panel discussion, have reaffirmed the Africa CEO Forum’s mission of being the most influential annual forum for public-private dialogue on the continent.
This year’s edition of the 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. The 2018 event is co-hosted by the International Finance Corporation, the lending arm of the World Bank Group.