The AFRICA CEO FORUM's program

Capitalism for the many: a new horizon for the African private sector

 

At #ACF2020, 1,800 business leaders, heads of government and policymakers will gather to rethink the role of African capitalism in this age of digital disruption with its attendant economic and political uncertainties. Find out more about the overarching theme here.


STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE - WHAT INNOVATIONS CAN ADDRESS THE CHALLENGE OF FINANCIAL INCLUSION IN AFRICA?

Financial inclusion in Africa has made remarkable progress. In just a few years, the banking penetration rate on the continent has risen from less than 20% in 2015 to more than 40% today, particularly thanks to mobile solutions. The fintech sector, which raised over $800m in 2019, holds the promise of unprecedented progress. Bringing together the main players in financial innovation in Africa, this roundtable will focus on inclusion success stories, how to accelerate the recent trend in a sustainable way and the challenges to be met, especially in terms of innovation regulation and consumer protection.

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STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE - How will the AfCFTA change Africa's financial industry?

The recent creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents a unique opportunity to rethink Africa’s financial industry. The decisions taken by the negotiators are expected to accelerate the emergence of continental champions in all sectors of the financial industry. During this roundtable, the main players in the financial sector, whether bankers, insurers, mobile money operators or fintech companies, will discuss the best ways to foster the emergence of a pan-African financial industry, particularly through harmonising regulations, establishing a pan-African payment system and facilitating foreign exchange movements.

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STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE – Sexual harassment in the workplace: an underestimated human and economic cost

Gender-based violence affects 1 in 3 women globally and the workplace is not immune to the impacts of violence and harassment against women. GBV affects employees’ physical and mental health and well-being, leading to stress and overall loss of productivity. The costs of GBV are high, with estimates reaching $1.5trn, or 2% of global GDP. Participants will discuss the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of tackling GBV in the workplace and explore collective measures to address business challenges related to violence and harassment at work.

 

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  • Moderator

    Linda Munyengeterwa

    Regional Industry Director, Middle East and Africa, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

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INDUSTRY OUTLOOK – Building sustainable health: what challenges await?

Significant strides have been made in improving health in Africa. Since 2000, life expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa has risen from 50 to 61 years, while the infant mortality rate has dramatically dropped from 92.4 to 52.7 deaths per 1,000 births. Malaria- and AIDS-related deaths have been slashed by more than half in 20 years. In parallel, the private sector has invested heavily in healthcare. Building on this progress, one of the main challenges facing Africa today is creating sustainable healthcare systems over time. Funding, health coverage, training, infrastructure: in a sector dominated by government-led strategy, how can the private sector further key issues?

Key points:

  • Regulatory framework and funding: why the role of the private sector needs to be clearly defined

  • Patients and health professionals: pathways to improving training and education

  • Leveraging innovation to advance sustainable health

  • Moderator & Expert

    Mathieu Lamiaux

    Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

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Transforming state-owned enterprises into African champions

Out of sync with the market, overstaffed, poorly managed: public enterprises have a bad reputation on the continent. However, there have been many success stories. Companies like Ethiopian Airlines and OCP are recognised as major African players that have been growing steadily and pursuing a regional expansion policy. They have become assets to their governments’ economic policy. What is behind their success? How is their relationship to the state structured?

 

Key points:

  • Social or business role: preparing a value creation strategy

  • Choosing the right governance model to promote management transparency, independence and responsibility

  • How can public enterprises duplicate their performance abroad?

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INVEST IN – Côte d’Ivoire

As the foremost annual meeting of the private sector on the continent, the AFRICA CEO FORUM is the leading platform for public-private dialogue. “Invest In” sessions allow CEOs and investors to meet with high-level African government officials to gain deeper insight into their countries’ economic development strategies. These sessions are designed to facilitate discussions between government delegations and investors on topics ranging from the business environment to the most attractive public and private investment opportunities.

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CEO TALK - Learning from Africa’s Next Gen entrepreneurs

Disruptive innovation is transforming Africa’s economic potential, creating new target markets and unprecedented consumer choice. Capitalising on these potential opportunities demands a complete rethink of customer engagement and business development strategies. How can your business ride the wave? In this session, the AFRICA CEO FORUM will ask young CEOs to share their vision about new business models and where the continent’s growth is headed.

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STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE – Capital markets: which solutions can boost their attractiveness?

Apart from South Africa, African capital markets have to deal with liquidity shortfalls, market fragmentation and oftentimes unfavourable regulatory frameworks. This session will take into consideration to what extent new products and instruments, as well as favourable regulatory frameworks, could be developed to boost the attractiveness of African capital markets. Which models stand out and what can institutional investors, market regulators and financial institutions contribute to help reach this goal?

 

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  • Moderator

    Manuel Reyes Retana

    Director, Financial Institutions Group, Middle East and Africa, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

  • Expert

    Karim Hajji

    Chief Executive Officer, Bourse de Casablanca

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INVEST IN – Senegal

As the foremost annual meeting of the private sector on the continent, the AFRICA CEO FORUM is the leading platform for public-private dialogue. “Invest In” sessions allow CEOs and investors to meet with high-level African government officials to gain deeper insight into their countries’ economic development strategies. These sessions are designed to facilitate discussions between government delegations and investors on topics ranging from the business environment to the most attractive public and private investment opportunities.

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INDUSTRY OUTLOOK - Ports: which hubs for a competitive Africa?

From 1990 to 2018, Africa attracted 14% of all port investments globally, making up for lost time while also supporting growth in containerised trade volumes. Nevertheless, a majority of the continent’s ports remain undersized, despite the fact that a critical size is essential to ensure that Africa is a more competitive destination for shipping companies. Like Tanger Med, which has established itself as a major African port, which ports will be the hubs of tomorrow? How can they be globally competitive?

 

Key points:

●  Integration: will AfCFTA reshape the port industry?

●  Can the hub model be applied in the bulk carrier segment?

●  Going beyond infrastructure, how should integrated industrial port projects be approached?

  • Moderator

    Marc Roussel

    President, Government Services & International Trade, and Senior Vice President, Africa, Bureau Veritas

  • Expert

    Amaury De Feligonde

    Managing Partner, Okan

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CEO BUSINESS CASE - Taking charge of Talent: The CEOs on the front line

According to the 2019 Africa CEO Survey, talent issues are a key obstacle to achieving strategic objectives. As primary gatekeepers, CEOs are increasingly responsible for and involved in talent management, as they recognise that people can give their business a competitive advantage; greater engagement drives productivity, and that behavior is the main driver of execution. CEOs are assuming the rigour and discipline needed to attract, retain and leverage creativity and innovation from talent. Facilitated by Career Connections, the leading talent consulting firm in East Africa, this session will share the lessons top-tier CEOs from across Africa have learned about creating talent-driven organisations.

  • Moderator & Expert

    Zia Manji

    Director and Senior Client Partner, Career Connections

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FAMILY BUSINESS INITIATIVE - Governance and growth: leading with the best

Down the generations, family businesses are faced with the challenge of long-term viability and growth. Structured around a strong, stable core – that of family – some family businesses decide to open the highest level of their organisation to outside talent. According to several studies, when outside leaders join the board of directors and the management team, they contribute new expertise, a different strategic vision and openness to international markets. How should family businesses go about selecting outside talent? How can family businesses reconcile family culture with an outside party?

 

Key points:

●      Vision, risk-taking, impact: what can outside board members bring to a family business?

●      Governance: what role should outside leaders have in decision-making?

●      At what stage in development should you bring in an outside leader?

  • Moderator

    George Njenga

    Executive Dean, Strathmore University Business School

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INDUSTRY OUTLOOK - Utility crisis: a business model under scrutiny

Eskom has accumulated €27bn in debt. Senelec’s debt totals €377m. And the Electricity Company of Ghana’s debt stands at over €350m. The deteriorating financial situation for state-owned power companies puts the entire industry at risk, but also impacts private sector performance and public accounts. Delinquencies, gaps between electricity prices and production costs, lack of investments, poor management: many factors have contributed to the crisis. Is there an ideal model to help lift these companies out of the rut? How can the private sector get involved?

Key points:

●  Subsidies: is a viable model for state-owned companies possible?

●  Production, distribution: is privatisation really the right solution?

●  States, operators, customers: which system of governance should be adopted to improve the efficiency of public sector companies?

  • Moderator

    Julien Wagner

    Editorial Manager, THE AFRICA CEO FORUM

  • Expert

    Sidy Diop

    Director, Economic Advisory Department, Déloitte & Associés

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  • Yoven Moorooven

    Chief Executive Officer for Africa, Engie

  • Elisée Sezan

    Chief Executive Officer, Gas Power, Sub-Saharan Africa, General Electric Africa

  • Abdessamad Saddouq

    Member of the Management Board, Office National de l'Electricité et de l'Eau potable

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CEO BUSINESS CASE - External growth: keys to successfully acquiring SMEs

Geographic diversification, acquisition of additional skills, market share gains: if the benefits and objectives of an external growth operation targeting SMEs are well known, the number of M&A transactions led by local or regional players remains relatively low on the continent. In this session moderated by KeysFinance Partners, an investment bank specialising in M&A transactions in sub-Saharan Africa, three business leaders share their experiences with external growth operations, from identifying targets to integrating them post-acquisition, not to mention completing transactions.

  • Moderator & Expert

    Joel Cadier

    Managing Partner, KeysFinance Partners Ltd

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FAMILY BUSINESS INITIATIVE - Workshop: structuring family governance

As African family businesses grow, they have to develop a corporate governance structure. However, family businesses rarely formalise a specific family governance structure. And yet, in order for families to reach their long-term objectives, ensure the stability of the company’s shareholder base and overcome conflicts, a strong family governance structure must be in place. During this workshop, family business owners and leaders will learn how to structure their family governance, i.e., define the family’s strategic vision, formalise decision-making and discussion processes within the family, and develop succession plans.

 

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  • Moderator

    Alan Barr

    Managing Partner and Head of Family Business, KPMG

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STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE - Industry: creating higher value-added jobs

The manufacturing sector offers the opportunity to create higher paying jobs by moving towards higher complexity, higher value-added production. This session will highlight how companies can accomplish this and, for example, produce and export higher value-added natural gas-based chemicals or localise the higher value-added manufacturing of automotive components

 

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  • Moderator & Expert

    Mary-Jean Moyo

    Regional Industry Director, Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Services, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

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INDUSTRY OUTLOOK - Local sourcing: at last a win-win?

Africa spent $41bn in one year on agricultural imports and this figure has been increasing at a worrying pace of 10% a year. It is a hefty price to pay for African countries, but also for private operators, especially given currency scarcity. In the beverage (beer, fruit juice) and poultry sectors, a growing number of operators have decided to source locally. By going up the value chain, these players are helping shape the structure of Africa’s upstream agricultural sector, and in doing so promoting agriculture and industrialisation. Which strategy should be implemented to successfully carry out this upstream integration? How can it be supported and financed?

 

Key points:

●      Access to currency, impact, cost, influence: why operators today are looking to source locally

●      Productivity: how can the private sector impact the upstream agricultural sector in a positive way?

●    Governments: what incentives should be granted to businesses in the sector to promote industrialisation?

  • Moderator

    Denis Sireyjol

    Global Head - Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Services, Proparco

  • Expert

    Astou Dia

    Associate Partner and Abidjan Office Director, Dalberg

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INDUSTRY OUTLOOK - Megacities: challenges in an era of rampant urbanisation

In 2050, 25% of the world’s population will live in Africa, i.e., 2.5 billion people, over 1 billion of whom will live in urban areas. At a time when most of the continent’s largest megacities are already overflowing with people and seem unable to welcome millions of additional residents, investment opportunities in the private sector are tremendous. Environmental friendliness, urban development planning, property rights reform, better road infrastructure and transportation: what should be on the list of priorities for urban planning in Africa and how should the private sector and national governments divide their roles?

 

Key points:

  • Property and financing: how to build quickly and less expensively to meet growing demand for housing

  •  Transport and infrastructure: how to ensure coordination between financial backers to improve city redevelopment projects

  • Clean energy and road network optimisation: when digital urbanisation changes everything

  • Expert

    Amadou Oumarou

    Director for Infrastructure & Urban Development, African Development Bank

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  • Alain Kouadio

    Chief Executive Officer, Kaydan Groupe

  • Mustapha Bakkoury

    President of the Casablanca-Settat Region & Chairman of the Management Board, Masen

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Networking Break


The AfCFTA’s architects meet face-to-face with the private sector

The largest free trade area in the world, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will take effect on 1 July 2020. Signed by 54 of the continent’s 55 countries, the creation of this market of more than 1.2 billion people continues to generate debate among the African private sector. The latter considers itself both insufficiently involved in the process and still remains concerned about the negative impact the agreement could have on business if it is poorly implemented. Whether you want to learn more about the list of sectors to be protected, anti-dumping protections, the definition and application of rules of origin, the updating of legal frameworks or the timetable for implementation, during this session, top officials involved in the AfCFTA’s creation will answer questions from private sector leaders.

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CLOSING CEREMONY


Closing Cocktail