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Insights shaping Africa’s economic agenda

 

The AFRICA CEO FORUM brings you the best in expert opinion, updates and analysis of Africa’s economic transformation and the essential role of the continent’s private sector. Leading CEOs, heads of financial institutions and top consultants share their expertise gained through on-the-ground experience, to unleash Africa’s potential. From the impact of the digital revolution to the implementation of corporate governance; boosting renewable energy, African finance new development trajectories, education and infrastructure to women’s leadership.

02 Nov 2021 / Article

African CEOs share leadership lessons from Covid-19 crisis

  The ongoing global coronavirus outbreak has placed extraordinary demands…

30 Oct 2021 / Article

Is Africa too late to follow Asia’s industrialisation playbook?

Asia’s strategy of shifting from agriculture to manufacturing for export…

29 Oct 2021 / Article

Can Africa harness its cultural and creative sectors for future growth? 

26 Oct 2021 / Article

“We can bounce back…but we need to reduce bureaucracy” - IFC Managing Director, Makhtar Diop

  The new head of the International Finance Corporation (IFC)…

24 Oct 2021 / Article

The making of African unicorns

  Startups valued at over $1 billion, popularly referred to…

21 Oct 2021 / Article

How Africa can win in the era of protectionism and trade wars

18 Oct 2021 / Interview

“Harnessing Africa’s resources will boost its growth prospect” Abdul Samad Rabiu, CEO, BUA Group.

  Abdul Samad Rabiu is the Executive Chairman of the…

15 Oct 2021 / Interview

“African economies stand to reap the rewards of the post-Covid recovery” Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank

  In response to the economic impact of the Covid-19…

12 Oct 2021 / Article

Critical financial industry reforms are needed to accelerate African integration and make AfCFTA work

As the continent suffers the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic,…

12 Oct 2021 / Article

Special economic zones: Catalysts for African industrialisation

SEZs are geographically designated areas designed to attract foreign investment,…

17 Sep 2021 / Article

Trade finance: Can African banks go digital to fill the $80bn gap?

By Shane Starling Digitisation can support much-needed SME trade finance…

03 Sep 2021 / Article

How can Africa and its private sector navigate the changes of the coming world?

The continent’s most brilliant minds will meet to discuss this…

31 Aug 2021 / Article

Neobanks: What next for the new challengers to African legacy banking?

Africa-focused neobanks are riding the wave of online banking’s growing…

31 Aug 2021 / Article

Can local insurers invigorate Africa’s green infrastructure?

Insurers have an opportunity to underwrite much-needed private-sector climate resilient…

31 Aug 2021 / Article

Insurance: meeting the challenges of Africa’s insurance market

Despite growth in revenue, the insurance sector struggles to woo…

22 Jul 2021 / Article

Financing infrastructure: how can the private sector take its rightful place?

With only a 5% stake in Africa’s infrastructure projects, the…

08 Jul 2021 / Article

Can the AfCFTA drive infrastructure investment in Africa?

  At the latest webinar hosted by THE AFRICA CEO…

02 Jul 2021 / Article

The dark cloud of international compliance looming large over African banks

Several of Africa’s senior finance figures came together at an Africa Financial Industry Summit session in…

02 Jul 2021 / Article

Will AI risk analysis really expand credit in Africa?

By analysing new-age mobile and web data, fintechs are starting to expand credit to individuals…

02 Jul 2021 / Article

The secret to growing Africa’s mobile money market

Participants in the first webinar organized by the Africa Financial…

28 May 2021 / Article

Will the AfCFTA dramatically change Africa's financial industry?

  During a closed session at the Africa Financial Industry…

18 May 2021 / Article

“MPesa to be a super app”

Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, M-Pesa Interim CEO Sitoyo Lopokoiyit is a mobile…

03 May 2021 / Article

“We have helped maintain the stability of the financial system, allowing it to continue to play its role during the crisis”

Freshly re-elected for a third term in August 2020 as…

21 Apr 2021 / Article

Experts call for harmonized regulations to further boost fintech in Africa

In a panel discussion about The fintech boom: regulating without…

20 Apr 2021 / Article

“Access Bank determined to become Africa’s gateway to the World”

Herbert Wigwe, CEO, Access Bank Plc   Dr. Herbert Wigwe…

08 Apr 2021 / Article

How the Covid-19 crisis is remaking African finance

At the inaugural virtual Africa Financial Industry Summit, Deloitte unveiled…

31 Mar 2021 / Article

“We are competing against cash usage”

Ade Ayeyemi, CEO, Ecobank Group Ade Ayeyemi, 58, has led Ecobank since September…

30 Mar 2021 / Article

How digitization is strengthening financial services post-Covid

In 2020, Africa was the fastest growing region for digital…

26 Mar 2021 / Article

Why Africa’s economic recovery requires a collaborative effort

More cooperation between regulators, political authorities and operators is needed…

25 Mar 2021 / Article

Will financial inclusion come out on top in the electronic payment battle?

New players such as fintechs and mobile operators are pushing…

24 Mar 2021 / Article

“The ‘post-Covid world’ will come about by realigning financial flows to serve the real economy”

Serge Ekué isn’t one to cut corners, even though he…

04 Mar 2021 / Article

Let’s talk: finding common ground in African fintech

Fintech are booming but regulators struggle to follow the pace.…

03 Mar 2021 / Article

"Bank solvency is the latest challenge in the Covid-19 era"

Grégory Clemente, CEO, Proparco Grégory Clemente, 47, has been in…

01 Mar 2021 / Article

The three challenges facing African finance in 2021

Like most economic sectors the world over, Africa’s financial industry…

17 Feb 2021 / Article

Pumping life into African nonperforming loan market

Bad debts are rising in Africa, curtailing banks’ ability to…

04 Feb 2021 / Article

Weathering the storm | Banks, telcos, fintechs: ‘I swear by coopetition’

At 43, Dakar-born Omar Cissé is CEO of InTouch, a…

01 Feb 2021 / Article

Sérgio Pimenta: "African banks have managed the current crisis better than previous crises"

Sérgio Pimenta, Vice President for the Middle East and Africa…

08 Dec 2020 / Article

African family business barometer: adapt or disappear

The AFRICA CEO FORUM and KPMG published their African family…

27 Nov 2020 / Article

Africa’s last mile marathon

Despite subsea fibre optic cables having secured Africa’s connectivity with…

02 Nov 2020 / Report

Ports: six key recommendations for Africa’s growth

For the second year in a row, the AFRICA CEO…

22 Oct 2020 / Article

The Waznes place all their bets on Africa

Representing the third generation of the family on the continent,…

14 Oct 2020 / Article

Making data work for Africa

African companies are increasingly focusing on data management to create…

13 Oct 2020 / Article

Family Business Summit: preparing for the future

  Organised by the AFRICA CEO FORUM, The Family Business…

29 Sep 2020 / Article

Peter Vogel: ‘There are as many ways of doing philanthropy as philanthropists’

Peter Vogel is Director of the Global Family Business Center…

24 Sep 2020 / Article

Africa’s digital deficit: filling the gaps

With a positive impact of 1.5% on GDP and a…

23 Sep 2020 / Report

Africa CEO Survey 2020: ‘60% of business leaders predict a swift recovery’

For the second year in a row, the AFRICA CEO…

04 Aug 2020 / Article

Boston Partners: an Ethiopian repatriate’s hospitality success story

After spending time in a refugee camp in Sudan and…

23 Jul 2020 / Article

“A company performs better when it is run by a woman”

Toyin Sanni, Group Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Africa Capital Group…

21 Jul 2020 / Article

Banks in Africa: ‘go digital or die’

Facing a major drop in revenues due to the economic…

16 Jul 2020 / Article

The mining industry looks ahead to the future

The mining industry may be one of the most resilient…

07 Jul 2020 / Article

SITA: a cashew nut dynasty?

Société Ivoirienne de Traitement d’Anacarde (SITA), founded in 1980 by…

02 Jul 2020 / Article

African power projects defy the crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic has undeniable consequences for energy projects in…

25 Jun 2020 / Article

Agribusiness: With or without Covid, competitiveness remains key

The Covid-19 crisis has limited many industrials on the continent…

18 Jun 2020 / Article

“Being a woman shouldn't mean a ‘free pass’”

Juliet Anammah, Chairwoman, Jumia Nigeria Chairwoman of Jumia Nigeria and…

17 Jun 2020 / Article

AfCFTA: the game-changer Africa needs?

Postponed by six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the…

09 Jun 2020 / Article

The retail industry gears up for a major reshuffle

New consumption habits have been observed during the Covid-19 pandemic.…

04 Jun 2020 / Article

The ARNO Group’s thousand and one transformations

Starting out as an importer of manufactured products in Cameroon…

02 Jun 2020 / Article

Mergers and acquisitions during Covid-19: a real headache

  Observers are unanimous that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought…

27 May 2020 / Article

“ The crisis has not impacted our productivity “

A day in the life of... Ludovic M'Bahia Blé  …

13 May 2020 / Article

“African women are not lacking in talent, but in means”

Photo credit : Mathilde Lafarge, Onyx Consulting   Elisabeth Moreno,…

05 May 2020 / Article

LADOL: Nigerian logistics’ rising star

Run since 2009 by Amy Jadesimi, the founder’s ambitious daughter,…

29 Apr 2020 / Article

“Digital shift has become companies’ top priority”

Obi Ozor, CEO and Co-founder of Kobo360 At the forefront…

22 Apr 2020 / Article

“Influence it, don’t just endure it”

Appointed CEO of Mauritius Commercial Bank, the island's largest private…

14 Apr 2020 / Article

“Women often build their own barriers”

Manon Karamoko, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever Côte d'Ivoire At just…

07 Apr 2020 / Article

Chandaria group’s insatiable appetite for success

Kenyan family business Chandaria Group has put down strong roots…

01 Apr 2020 / Article

"Keep the meetings short"

After more than twenty years at Citibank where she managed…

24 Mar 2020 / Article

Cryptocurrencies: “Africa is the target”

Nicolas Cantu was already a geek before the word existed.…

10 Mar 2020 / Article

“Women have a more inclusive attitude than men”

  Aminata Ndiaye, Vice President of Marketing, Digital & Customer…

25 Feb 2020 / Article

Sipromad: A Malagasy family business embarks on an international expansion

The private Malagasy group, one of the country’s five largest,…

18 Feb 2020 / Article

"I take risks when it comes to hiring my team"

Since the end of 2018, Paul-Harry Aithnard, 45, has headed…

10 Feb 2020 / Article

Africa in the age of smart logistics

Sector players are gradually equipping their containers and machines with…

04 Feb 2020 / Article

Women shouldn’t keep quiet

  Delphine Traoré, Chief Operating Officer at Allianz Africa   …

28 Jan 2020 / Article

The Loukil’s pan-African wager

The fruit of a true family and entrepreneurial saga, the…

09 Dec 2019 / Interview

Capitalism for the many: why we think this theme is essential

For its eighth edition, the largest annual gathering of the…

06 Oct 2019 / Report

African Logistics : Time for revolution

In a report, the AFRICA CEO FORUM and OKAN, the…

09 Sep 2019 / Article

Electricity: are cross-border projects the future?

Africa has made enormous progress over the past decade in…

04 Sep 2019 / Article

Africa CEOs Survey 2019: « 81% of business leaders view the impact of the AfCFTA positively »

The AFRICA CEO FORUM and Deloitte have published a survey…

27 Aug 2019 / Article

Healthtech: “Despite all the innovations, progress is still too slow”

Improving healthcare systems is a priority for the continent. While…

23 Jul 2019 / Article

Economic integration: are regional markets the future of African agribusiness?

"Agriculture offers great opportunities for intra-African trade, but the results…

15 Jul 2019 / Article

Private sector financing: it’s time to build trust

“While financial flows have grown by up to 1% since…

26 Jun 2019 / Article

Online Marketplaces: Major threat or huge opportunity?

Across Africa, online marketplaces are boosting incomes, creating jobs, and…

09 Jun 2019 / Report

Expert presentation : Tourism - Africa’s next growth frontier?

While the travel and tourism industry accounts for close to…

15 May 2019 / Article

Family businesses : “find partners that share your values”

Looking for strategic partners that share the same values is…

09 Apr 2019 / Report

Expert presentation : Access to power - can cross-border projects change the deal?

Major investments in power production are reshaping the African electricity…

09 Apr 2019 / Report

Expert presentation : Infrastructure and local financing - a 1000 billion dollar opportunity

African pension funds and insurers now manage more than $1…

09 Apr 2019 / Report

Expert presentation : Development finance institutions and the private sector - how can we build trust?

From the World Bank Group to the African Development Bank,…

09 Apr 2019 / Report

Expert presentation : Digital and Analytics - how to make it a reality for African Champions

Digital and Data Analytics technologies are disrupting businesses across industries…

09 Apr 2019 / Report

Expert presentation : Can the rise of regional markets spark agro-industry competitiveness?

Intra-regional trade of agricultural and agro-industrial products in Africa remains…

09 Apr 2019 / Report

Expert presentation : Making the single market work for African businesses

Voted into existence by 52 African countries, the Continental Free…

09 Apr 2019 / Report

Expert presentation : New horizons in healthtech

Africa is the continent that faces the greatest difficulties in…

09 Apr 2019 / Report

Expert presentation : from ports to hinterland - reshaping the African logistics value chain

The development of a complete, reliable and competitive supply chain…

09 Apr 2019 / Report

Expert presentation: online marketplaces- major threat or huge job opportunity?

While elsewhere in the world, online marketplaces take a toll…

09 Apr 2019 / Report

Expert presentation: digital innovation - creating African digital champions

As the vast majority of online content and services consumed…

26 Mar 2019 / Article

#ACF2019: two days of debates, deals and meetings

  During two days, the Africa CEO Forum attracted in…

26 Mar 2019 / Article

#ACF2019: Raising domestic resources to finance Africa’s infrastructure gap

African governments should take advantage of pension funds to bridge…

25 Mar 2019 / Article

Four top CEOs share their views on the CFTA

Unity, cooperation and economic integration between African countries have been…

25 Mar 2019 / Article

Profitability of African banks should drive financial inclusion, bankers say

As banks in Africa consistently post healthy financial margins, the…

25 Mar 2019 / Article

#ACF2019 discusses ways of putting more women in corporate boards

  “Women should network more if they want to get…

25 Mar 2019 /

The AFRICA CEO FORUM kicks off in Kigali with four Heads of State

  The 7th edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM has…

30 Nov 2018 / Article

Growing in Africa: two leading CEOs share their advice

South African Tsebo and Moroccan Attijariwafa bank started their pan-African…

24 Sep 2018 / Video

Is Africa ready for the tech revolutions ?

For more than a century, development followed a similar pattern:…

10 Sep 2018 / Article

How can solar energy be deployed on a large scale?

Around 600 million people in Africa still have no access…

10 Sep 2018 / Article

Agribusiness: how to meet the challenge of competitiveness

Developing original agricultural financing, providing better assistance to small farmers,…

05 Jul 2018 / Article

Exclusive list : 50 Influential women in business

The Africa Report, Jeune Afrique and the Africa CEO Forum…

03 May 2018 / Report

Expert presentation: Agribusiness - Rising to the competitiveness challenge

Private-sector investment in agriculture and agro-industry is rising in Africa.…

23 Apr 2018 / Report

Expert presentation: Internet Access - Hitting the Accelerator

The internet is infrastructure. Accessing it is as essential as…

23 Apr 2018 / Report

Expert presentation: Solar Energy- Finding the recipe for large-scale deployment

With a four-fold increase in installed capacity in only two…

13 Apr 2018 / Report

Expert presentation: Ten years to make African aviation a success story

Boosted by a 6% annual growth in the number of…

03 Apr 2018 / Report

Expert presentation: Harnessing natural gas for economic value in Africa

Mozambique, Ghana, Tanzania, Egypt, Angola, Ethiopia, Senegal, Morocco: gas discoveries…

03 Apr 2018 / Report

Report: Shaping the future of Africa, markets and opportunities for private investors

After a few years of sluggish regional growth, Africa’s economies…

29 Mar 2018 / Article

The African aviation industry: on the verge of a take-off ?

By Pierre Guislain, vice-president Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization at…

27 Mar 2018 / Article

The forces shaping Africa's new economic landscape

By Prof. Mthuli Ncube, Managing Director, Quantum Global Research Lab…

21 Mar 2018 / Article

A new way to finance education for Africa

By Dr. Amel Karboul, Chief Executive Officer of Education Outcomes Fund…

20 Mar 2018 / Interview

Oumar Seydi:  « Africa’s agricultural yields are still too low »

Oumar Seydi is International Finance Corporation (IFC) Regional Director for…

19 Mar 2018 / Article

Blending finance can accelerate african agribusiness

By Yana Kakar, Global Managing Partner of Dalberg Advisors. As…

19 Mar 2018 / Datavisualisation

Statistics: Women in business in Africa

In Africa today, only 5% of the CEOs of major…

19 Mar 2018 / Article

Closing Africa’s infrastructure gap

By Aboubaker Hadi, chairman, Great Horn Investment Holding SAS. Aboubaker Hadi studied…

19 Mar 2018 / Article

Healthcare: innovation is key to achieve financial and social returns

By Carlijn Nouwen, Partner, Dalberg Advisors In healthcare in Africa,…

19 Mar 2018 / Article

Stepping up our game in Africa

By Philippe Le Houérou, Chief Executive Officer of IFC, a member…