1,500 Business Leaders Set to Convene in Kigali, Rwanda to Boost African Economic Integration

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An estimated 1,500 participants are expected to attend the 2019 edition of a high-profile event dubbed the Africa CEO Forum in Kigali, Rwanda in a bid to boost the continent’s highly lucrative trade industry.

The group, which will include business leaders, policymakers and industry stakeholders, aims to mobilize the private sector around cross-border infrastructure and logistical projects that will open up trade across the African continent.

Leading decision-makers from industry, finance and politics, will come from more than 70 countries to discuss regional integration along with other key topics for the development of Africa’s businesses.

The affair marks the 7th edition of the largest international meeting of Africa’s private sector. It will be held on March 25th and March 26th in Kigali, Rwanda.

At a time when intra-continental trade remains too weak, Africa’s most influential business leaders have decided to come together and make their voices heard. They are convening at the 2019 Africa CEO Forum to make African economic integration a reality. Their goal is to make the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) a powerful driver for private sector growth and the emergence of new African champions.

Through some forty panel discussions, case studies, testimonies, public-private workshops and thematic working groups, the business leaders will come to grips with these key topics while continuing to explore the other major challenges for the development of Africa’s private sector, such as women leaders’ access to the boardroom, the growth potential of Africa’s tourism industry, banking penetration in the digital age, regional agribusiness markets, and the governance of family firms.

Prominent figures expected to lead the debate through their own insights, include Nadia Fettah, CEO of Saham Finances; Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines; Ibukun Awosika, President of First Bank of Nigeria; Patrick Njoroge, Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya; Christina Foerster, CEO of Brussels Airlines; Abdulsamad Rabiu, Executive Chairman of BUA Group; Gregory Clemente, CEO of Proparco; Philippe Le Houerou, Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Finance Corporation (IFC); and Amy Jadesimi, CEO of Ladol, among others.

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