A look back at the 2016 edition

The 2016 edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 21 and 22 March. This was the first time that the event took place on the African continent. “New deal, new priorities”, was the theme for the 2016 AFRICA CEO FORUM and framed the debate on the strategic choices that simply have to be made if the African private sector is to fully perform its role as a catalyst for growth and a creator of added value, at a time when Africa is facing a number of external factors which could delay its development.

Key figures

Strong mobilization of the private sector

The event was attended by almost 1,400 leading figures in industry, finance and politics. Hailing from 63 countries (including 43 in Africa), the participants debated issues which will shape Africa’s future at high-end conferences and high-level roundtable meetings.

Regional integration at the heart of the Presidents’ Panel

The AFRICA CEO FORUM 2016 brought together the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, and the President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, for an exclusive, one-off panel. The two leaders discussed where Africa’s economies stood in the global landscape, and the need to boost regional integration and intra-African exchanges.


” The time has come for us to industrialize, which will see more jobs being created, and to accelerate the growth of the agro-industrial, textile and mining sectors. “
President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire


” Africa can profit from the poor economic situations in other regions in order to attract investors, in particular through its cheaper workforce and by offering tax incentives. ”
President of the Republic of Ghana

Women in business !

With Côte d’Ivoire’s First Lady, Dominique Ouattara as the guest of honor, this inaugural meeting of Africa’s most prominent female business leaders brought together over 100 women. The objective of this initiative is to promote African women in business and provide them with a platform for networking and exchanging ideas about issues relevant to women in business.
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The AFRICA CEO FORUM AWARDS: Honoring excellence in African business

Like every year, the AFRICA CEO FORUM AWARDS rewarded the companies and investors whose strategies showed their sheer determination to contribute to Africa’s growth over the past year. Oba Otudeko, the President of Honeywell Group, was awarded the prestigious and much-coveted CEO of the Year trophy, while Sébastien Kadio Morokro, the CEO of Pétro-ivoire, was crowned Young CEO of the Year – a prize introduced at the 2016 edition, which rewards a young, up-and-coming African business leader.

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26-27 March 2018

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