A new world coming
How can Africa and its private sector
navigate the change?

By accelerating pre-existing trends, such as protectionism, digitisation and the fight against climate change, the Covid 19 crisis has brought to a close a 70-year economic cycle dominated by globalisation, industrialisation and fossil fuels. A new world dawns in its wake, for which Africa and its private sector must be fully prepared.

This is the ambition set out by the AFRICA CEO FORUM. In partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), we are inviting you to debate on the theme: “A new world coming: How can Africa and its private sector navigate the change?”

To address this issue and other questions it raises, the AFRICA CEO FORM has mobilised its community of decision-makers on 28, 29 and 30 September 2021 for a special digital edition.

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  • (GMT)
    PANEL | Climate change: How can Africa’s carbon-intensive industries adapt?

    Africa’s high emission industries are being pushed to transform amid SDG targets, subsidy reductions and carbon taxes. The UN Secretary-General has meanwhile called on lenders to stop financing major fossil fuel projects. Africa’s emissions are 4% of the global total, but are projected to climb 30% by 2030, putting African businesses further in the spotlight. Agricultural-driven land-use changes are Africa’s chief emission source, but energy and construction industries are also concerned. With the continent’s biggest emitter, coal-reliant South Africa, estimating it needs $8bn a year in international funding to meet CO2 reduction targets, how can the private sector finance its green transition? From low carbon intensive tech, agroforestry and diversifying into renewables, what will help cut GHGs and keep African businesses competitive?  

    Key points 

    • Incentives and capital – what instruments can finance the low carbon transition?      
    • Putting the money to use – what innovations and business strategies will be future-proof? 
    • Regulation and carbon taxes – what do high CO2 industries want and what will they get? 

  • (GMT)
    FIRESIDE CHAT | Conversation with Makhtar Diop

  • (GMT)
    CEO Talk  | Resilience, transformation, innovation: Emerging challenges facing tomorrow’s African leaders

    Business leaders today are confronted with a much more unpredictable business climate than their predecessors. The hallmarks of good leadership have evolved with the advent of volatile economic cycles, continuous innovation, an explosion of communication channels and increasingly complex employee needs. The COVID-19 crisis has brought certain leadership qualities to the fore, from versatility and responsiveness to the ability to drive change, as well as ensuring early adoption of technological innovations. During this session, top-tier African and international CEOs will share the leadership lessons they have drawn from the crisis and how they think their roles will evolve in the coming years.       

    Key points  

    • Leadership lessons from the crisis  
    • Adapting to the business environment, mastering communication and meeting employee needs: How are leadership roles and qualities changing?  
    • What kind of leadership is needed to instil a culture of innovation and spur the early adoption of new technologies? 

  • (GMT)
    FAMILY BUSINESS | Next-gen shakeup: How Africa’s future family business leaders will drive change

    More than 60% of Africa’s family companies are planning to hand over the governance, management or ownership of their business to the next generation within five years, representing a sharp rise from pre-Covid intentions. A tech-savvy, environmentally and socially conscious younger generation will inherit fragile but optimistic businesses recovering from the pandemic and in need of diversification and digital transformation. How will these new leaders respect the foundations built by their ancestors while forging their own path and adapting to a much-changed business environment? 

    Key points 

    • Breaking family traditions – the strategies for post-pandemic governance and diversification   
    • Fresh ideas – the innovation pipeline for young leaders 
    • Prepping for the future – the hiring and upskilling priorities for the next gen

  • (GMT)
    BUSINESS CASE | Spearheading digitisation

    The Covid-19 crisis has spurred businesses to fast track their digital transformation both in-house and externally with regard to customers and suppliers. This abrupt transformation has indirectly led them to think up new strategies, business models, organisational methods and partnerships, which have impacted not only their products and services but also the skills of their teams and their competitive environment. For this Business Case Session focused on practical case studies, two African CEOs will share their experience dealing with such huge disruption, their approach to digital leadership and their achievements and failures along the way.