IFC to Co-Host Next Year’s Africa CEO Forum

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The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will co-host the next edition of the Africa CEO Forum to stimulate private investment on the continent.

The next edition of the largest international meeting dedicated to Africa’s private sector will take place between March 26 and 27, 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The move which is in partnership with the Africa CEO Forum, is part of IFC’s new strategic direction on creating markets, which includes placing Africa’s development at the heart of its activities.

“IFC is more focused than ever on leading development in Africa by creating markets and mobilizing significantly more private investment,” says IFC’s Chief Executive Officer, Philippe Le Houérou.

The growing participation of public decision-makers at the Africa CEO Forum will also allow IFC to support public-private dialogue.

“The Africa CEO Forum brings major investors together to debate the region’s toughest development challenges. By expanding our role in the Forum, IFC will deepen strategic relationships and encourage public-private dialogue that can lead to greater opportunities for private investors in Africa,” said Cheikh Oumar Seydi, IFC Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa.

As co-host of the Africa CEO Forum, IFC will bring its expertise on the subjects, in connection with its strategic priorities, which will be at the center of discussions.

The subjects include development of capital markets, women leadership, the rise of private education, financing start-ups, improvement of good governance or youth employment.

“This partnership comes at a time and in an international context that’s favorable to mobilizing private investment in Africa. On the occasion of the next edition of the Africa CEO Forum, and further to Baden-Baden’s G20, we will move forward the ‘Compact with Africa’ initiative with IFC by bringing together economy and finance ministers from the 10 signatory African countries and the continent’s most influential economic decision-makers,” said Amir Ben Yahmed, president of the Africa CEO Forum.

The Africa CEO Forum is an event organised by Jeune Afrique Media Group, publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, and Rainbow Unlimited, a Swiss company specialising in organising events promoting and facilitating business.

Following the success of its 2017 edition, which hosted over 1,200 African and international personalities, the Africa CEO Forum definitively established itself as the leading international event focusing on the development of Africa and its companies, in a top-level professional setting conducive to business meetings.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, IFC uses their capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world.


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