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AT THE TABLE OR ON THE MENU?
A CRITICAL MOMENT TO SHAPE A NEW FUTURE
FOR AFRICA

After a quarter-century of favourable macroeconomic conditions for Africa, marked by easy money, commodity booms and relative political stability, the landscape has shifted dramatically. Geopolitical fault lines have  deepened in the past year, creating a multi-regional world, beset with climate, AI and sovereignty challenges, in which global forces are competing viciously over capital, critical resources and the industries of the future.

On 16 and 17 May in Kigali, for its 11th annual summit, the Africa CEO Forum will call on its community of 2,000 business leaders, CEOs, investors, heads of state and ministers to seize this critical moment to shape this new future and to set in motion four key transformative agendas.

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  • Opening Ceremony
    Senior Anchor/Producer, CNBC Africa
    President, Republic of Rwanda
    CEO, Jeune Afrique Media Group
    Managing Director, IFC
    CEO, Rwanda Development Board
  • OPENING PANEL | At the Table or on the Menu? A Critical Moment to Shape a New Future for Africa
    Senior Anchor/Producer, CNBC Africa
    Chief Client Officer and Chair, BCG
    President, BADEA
    Regional Vice President for Africa, IFC
    Chairman, Access Holdings
    Group President & CEO, MTN
    Minister of State in Charge of Public Investment and Resource Mobilization, Rwanda
  • SIDE-EVENT I Global Africa Business Initiative (GABI) Conversations

    By invitation – The Global Africa Business Initiative (GABI) is focused on positioning Africa as the world’s premier business, trade, and investment destination. It keeps the conversations and connections to provide a high-level platform for amplifying and accelerating Africa’s business, trade, and investment opportunities and solutions. For that reason, GABI will be taking the chance to hold GABI Conversations during the Africa CEO Forum on 16 May in Kigali, Rwanda. Under the GABI theme of Digital Transformation – the key to Africa’s inclusive economic growth and prosperity, GABI will bring together a small group of key stakeholders to engage in targeted solution-oriented conversations.

  • SIDE-EVENT AETRADE I Driving Inclusive Growth: SME Financing Solutions by the Africa Strategic Investment Alliance

    Access by invitation only.

    African prosperity depends on the opportunities afforded to its entrepreneurs, who make up 95% of all registered businesses on the continent. Infrastructure, trade barriers, market access and finance are all enablers of the entrepreneurial fabric of African countries. The obstacles faced by small and medium-sized enterprises in accessing finance are well-known – from financial illiteracy to red tape, and from risk-averse lenders to slow disbursement.

    Answering the call by the African Union, the AeTrade Group created the Africa Strategic Investment Alliance (ASIA) to establish a one-to-many platform for affordable finance. Empowering entrepreneurs directly and in close collaboration with microfinance institutions that have the necessary last-mile reach, the ASIA will act as an SME financing marketplace capable of disbursing timely, accessible and simple funds to Africa’s entrepreneurs. Backed by a pooled fund of sovereign, domestic and foreign, impact and philanthropic investors, ASIA aims to create 80-125 million jobs by 2040.

    Chief Executive Officer, AeTrade Group
    President, AGRA
    Executive Vice President - Intra-African Trade Bank, Afreximbank
    Chairman, Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, AeTrade Group
    Boardmember, AeTrade Group
    Executive Secretary/CEO, Timbuktoo Africa Innovation Foundation
    Vice President of Industries, IFC
  • PANEL | Conversation with leading CEOs

    Assertive ambition of pan-African players at regional and global level, mixed success of PPPs, increased need for digital and physical infrastructure, Africa is reaching a tipping point between challenges to overcome and opportunities to seize. This situation fosters the rise of African champions who aim to expand their regional footprint. To strengthen its position as a powerhouse of tomorrow, the continent must address its infrastructure deficit, intensify its digital transformation, accelerate the creation of a large intra-African market, and above all capitalize on the stated ambitions of its major champions. During this inaugural session, distinguished CEOs from the continent will be interviewed by Mr. Emmanuel Gadret, Managing Partner of Deloitte Francophone Africa, and Ms. Anne Muraya, Managing Partner of Deloitte East Africa, to share their vision and commitment to the development of an attractive and competitive African economy, reinforcing its position on the global stage.  

    Key points:       

    Could the trend we are seeing of some Western private/public players refocusing on their domestic markets be an opportunity for African capitalism ?

    What interactions are possible between regions in Africa to support the rise of pan-African players ?

    How to ensure the success of PPPs to densify infrastructure in Africa as technological and digital infrastructure ?

    How to make Africa a global hub of innovation and talent ?

    Managing Partner , Deloitte Francophone Africa
    Managing Partner, Deloitte East Africa
    CEO, Bank of Kigali
    Deputy CEO , Orange Middle East and Africa
    Managing Director Vista Gui, Vista Bank
    Deputy CEO, Meridiam Africa
  • STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE | Strengthening Producer Relations: The Key to Smarter Investments in African Agricultural Supply Chains

    Access via sign-up on the event app or by invitation only.

    There is an urgent need to support the resilience of Africa’s 33 million+ smallholder farmers, responsible for about 80% of the continent’s production. But the food industry, DFIs, NGOs and governments that have earmarked billions for African agricultural sustainability need to better consider the realities of these farmers. Growing farmer organisation membership, increased traceability to farmgate and agtech that can collect opinions of farmers (even those with limited literacy) may offer avenues to invest more strategically. Together with a discussion on innovative financing schemes, this roundtable of industry, government and financial leaders will address the means to better adapt to local contexts and build mutually profitable industry-farmer business relations.  

    Discussions points

    – Farmer inclusion into resilient business-led supply chains: What is working and how can stakeholders co-create the sustainability push with smallholders? 

    – How can industry, DFIs and governments create innovative solutions to finance smallholder farming resilience at scale? 

    – Harnessing agtech and field teams: Developing a constant flow of farmer feedback to enable data driven public policies and locally adapted extension services 

    Director, Global Manufacturing‚ Agribusiness, and Forestry, IFC
    Senior Vice-President Milk Sustainability Africa, Danone
    Group CEO, Crystal Ventures
    Deputy Director, Agricultural Development, Gates Foundation
    Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Swedfund
    Managing Director, La Laiterie Du Berger
  • STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE | Charting Digital Waters: Preparing African Ports for the Maritime Single Window

    Access via sign-up on the event app or by invitation only.

    1 January 2024 marked the official implementation of the Maritime Single Window, enabling data exchange in all ports. At a time when African ports are stepping up their digitisation projects, the introduction of this standard represents a major step forward in their digital transformation and growth. However, digital divides, a lack of national digitisation strategies, vulnerabilities to cyber risks and the need for strategic partnerships remain obstacles to strengthening the digitisation of ports and enacting the Maritime Single Window. In a closed-door roundtable, maritime transport leaders, port sector players and public authorities discuss how to ensure smooth implementation and efficiency of the Maritime Single Window on the continent.

    Discussion points: 

    – How can stakeholders speed up the digitisation of African ports to integrate the maritime window? 

    – Digital divide and cybersecurity: What strategic partnerships are needed to meet these major challenges? 

    – To what extent can governments facilitate the digital transition through clear national digitisation policies? 

    Managing Director, West Africa Area, Maersk
    Vice President Government Services & International Trade, Bureau Veritas
    Chairman, Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority
    Chief Commercial Officer, APM Terminals
    CEO Maritime Solutions, Africa Global Logistics
  • 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 provide exposure to a variety of key sectors, business environments, and public and private investment opportunities. 

    Managing Partner Côte d'Ivoire, Deloitte
    Premier Ministre, Chef du Gouvernement, Ministre des Sports et du Cadre de Vie, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
    Minister for the Economy, Planning and Development, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
    Minister of Trade and Industry, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
    Regional Director West Africa, IFC
    CEO, Yeshi Group
  • PANEL | Gender Financing 2.0: Disrupting the Status Quo

    Women are drivers of growth and job creation in emerging markets. However, the economic potential of women entrepreneurs remains unrealised. One of the biggest barriers facing women entrepreneurs in developing countries is a lack of access to financial services and other resources, including an estimated $1.5 trillion global financing gap for women-owned SMEs. Gender stereotypes, cultural norms, lack of access to relevant entrepreneurship support services as well as lack of access to training and mentoring, often prevent women from starting, scaling and growing their businesses. Even so, female-led startups in Africa are driving women’s empowerment and making positive social and economic impacts. What is the role of the private sector in advancing opportunities for women’s full economic participation?

    Key points

    – Funding gap: Why does gender still play a role when financing SMEs? 

    – Beyond funding: What is the importance of coupling financing with non-financial resources? 

    – The next frontier: What more can be done to unleash the potential of WSMEs in Africa? 

    Founder, Brazza Transactions
    Managing Director, IFC
    President Goldman Sachs Foundation, Goldman Sachs
    CEO, Development Bank Of Rwanda Plc.
    Regional Executive, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa (CESA) & Managing Director Ecobank Kenya, Ecobank Transnational
    Regional Vice President for Africa, IFC
    CEO, Ivy League Collections
    CEO, Yellow Factoring
  • STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE | Africa Beyond Borders – Leveraging Africa’s Creative Industries to Unleash Economic Growth

    Invitation only

    The Creative Industries are at the center of Africa’s cultural renaissance, emerging as a catalyst for growth and a source of employment for Africa’s innovative, dynamic, and youthful population. In Africa, the Creative Industries generate $4.2 billion annually but have a limited share in the global market. A long history of inadequate funding, weak regulations, and infrastructural challenges has stunted growth, hampering its significant untapped potential. What role can the private sector play in fostering the growth of Africa’s creative sectors, and how can these solutions address complex development challenges in the region? This roundtable event brings together over 20 leading practitioners from across private organizations, including sector experts from film, fashion, animation, gaming, and creators’ economy from across Africa, to share perspectives and contribute to an informed discussion on the topic.

    Discussion points:

    – What scalable solutions can we adopt to grow Africa’s share of the global Creative Industries market, and what sectors hold a comparative advantage for the region?

    – What innovative funding models can help creative businesses attract long-term financing and move past survival mode?

    – What type of innovative partnerships can we develop to overcome the existing gaps in the African creative value chain?

    Founder & CEO, Restless Global
    Founder & CEO, Greoh Studios
    Managing Director, IFC
    Minister of Youth and Arts, Republic of Rwanda
    Executive Director, Ishyo Arts Centre
    Managing Director Sub-Saharan Africa, Spotify
  • Leveraging M&As & local investments to thrive in the tech ecosystem | Disrupters Club & 20 Future Champions of Tech Cocktail

    Registration via app or by invitation only.

    African startups faced a tough funding slowdown in 2023 raising only $3.5B, a sharp decrease of -46% versus 2022. The global VC downturn has disrupted traditional funding avenues for Africa’s tech sector. In response, mergers and acquisitions have emerged as a viable path to capital and resources, hastening the scaling process and paving the way for entry into new markets. Concurrently, promoting intra-Africa investments remains key to overcome dependence on foreign capital and build a resilient and sustainable African tech ecosystem. In this exclusive private event, VISAJeune Afrique and The Africa Report gather key tech leaders, influential corporate CEOs, innovative practitioners, and VCs who will explore the winning strategies to solve the funding gap in the startup ecosystem.  

     

    CEO, Big Cabal Media
    Vice President & General Manger for East Africa, Visa
    Cofondateur & CEO, Orda Africa
    CEO, Bank of Kigali
  • TV SHOW | Tourism, Hospitality and Hotels: How to Flaunt Africa

    From “Visit Rwanda” to “Destination Ghana” and “Sublime Côte d’Ivoire”, major national initiatives helped Africa’s tourism sector generate over $46bn in 2022 and create more than 27.6m jobs. Governments and the private sector have big expectations for the industry and intend to step up investment. But a lack of infrastructure and trained personnel, high transport costs for tourists, security risks and strong competition from other destinations remain obstacles. To attract international, and above all local and regional holidaymakers, the sector will need to raise capital to improve infrastructure and strengthen its offerings in high-growth eco-tourism and business tourism segments. How can Africa position itself within the international tourism industry? 

    Key points:   

    – How are the major national tourism strategies faring?     

    – Hotel and tourism infrastructure and new offerings: Elevating Africa as a tourist destination 

    – Local and regional tourism: What if the key to success is greater regional integration? 

    Journalist/ Presenter, RFI
    Prime Minister and Head of Government, Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
    Chief Tourism Officer, Rwanda Development Board
    CEO & Managing Partner, Kasada Capital Management
    Head of BCG Africa Managing Director & Senior Partner, BCG
  • PANEL | The Silent P: Adding Philanthropy to Public-Private Partnerships

    Brought to you in collaboration with OECD netFWD and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

    Global philanthropic giving towards Africa is consistently rising, exceeding $3.9 billion in 2021. Previously overlooked in global development narratives, both organic and institutional philanthropic mechanisms can help move the needle on the continent’s most critical questions. To fully reap the benefits of philanthropy for sustainable development in Africa, a new collaboration blueprint is needed to foster Philanthropic-Public-Private Partnerships (PPPPs). How can coordination between donor organisations, host governments and the private sector help leverage philanthropic expertise and orient funding towards both inclusive development and climate goals? 

    Key points

    – No such thing as a free lunch: What is the expected ROI for global philanthropic organisations? 

    – How can philanthropy improve the mixed track record of PPPs in Africa? 

    – Can corporate philanthropy, with its roots in business, play a convening role between the private and public sectors? 

    Deputy Head - Networks, Partnerships and Gender Division, OECD Development Centre
    Executive Secretary, The African Capacity Building Foundation
    President Goldman Sachs Foundation, Goldman Sachs
    Chief Programme Officer, Shell Foundation
    CEO, African Venture Philanthropy Alliance
    Executive Vice Chair, The Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation
    Executive Director, Africa, Children's Investment Fund Foundation
  • CEO Talk 1 | Africa at the Table: Shaping a New Future

    Following two decades of favourable macroeconomic conditions, marked by easy money, commodity booms and relative political stability, the geopolitical landscape has shifted dramatically. Global forces are competing over capital, critical resources and the industries of the future. Challenges like climate change and AI disruptions underscore the fact that Africa is at a crossroads. African leadership today will determine the economic trajectory of the continent for the next decade. Which guiding principles do leading CEOs suggest for these uncertain yet exciting times?

    Key points:  

    – Digital Agenda: How can we strengthen our tech ecosystems and infrastructure to position Africa as a global hub for innovation and talent?   

    – Integration Agenda: What must national leaders do to effectively establish the Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as a robust common market? 

    – Financing Agenda: How can Africa’s financial sector seize the opportunity presented by the retreat of international finance?  

    Correspondent, CNN
    Chairman, Aspen Pharmacare & Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Ltd
    Group CEO, KCB Group PLC
    CEO, Orange Middle East and Africa
    CEO, Rwanda Development Board
  • STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE I Empowering Africa's Next Generation: Mentoring As The Key To Preparing Future Leaders

    Access by invitation only. In collaboration with French-African Foundation.

    Faced with unprecedented new opportunities and challenges, the African continent will need visionaries and innovative decision-makers in the years to come. The French-African Foundation is deeply committed to supporting this next generation of business leaders by investing in education, mentoring programmes and entrepreneurship initiatives to enable the continent’s youth to become agents of positive change.

    After a brief opening presentation, this private session will look at concrete strategies that can be applied by Africa’s top decision-makers to guide future generations. High-level experts, thought leaders and innovative practitioners will explore how this topic can be addressed. The event will conclude with a networking reception.    

    TV Host, Arise Media Group
    CEO, Arise
    President Africa, Middle East & Asia and Member of Executive Committee, Danone
    Managing Director & Senior Partner, Member of BCG's Executive Committee, BCG
  • PANEL | Africa's Gameplan: Building a Thriving Sports Industry

    Amid the burgeoning success stories like the Basketball Africa League, Morocco’s joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup, the establishment of the CAF Champions League, and the highly anticipated return of Formula 1 to the continent, Africa’s sports industry is witnessing a boom like never before. Despite the global sports market’s impressive valuation of over $600 billion, with a steady growth rate of 5% annually, Africa’s sports sector is yet to fully capitalise on its vast potential, trailing behind other global regions. The continent faces challenges such as limited revenue streams, difficulty in attracting substantial investments, and a general hesitance from both public authorities and the private sector to commit to developing a premier sports industry. What models and strategies could be pivotal in transforming and professionalising Africa’s sports industry? 

    Key points:  

    – Subsidies, investments and legal frameworks: How can public authorities build an effective and sustainable economic model for sports ecosystems?  

    – Basketball Africa League, CAF Champions League, ‘Right to Dream’ academy: Enticing the private sector, investors and international players to African sports  

    – Subscriptions, ticketing, sponsorship, franchising and audiovisual rights: What are the winning recipes to make African sport dynamic and profitable? 

    Founder + Writer, Africa Finance Today
    Executive Chairman, African Sports & Creative Institute (ASCI)
    CEO, NBA Africa
    Chairman, SUMMA
    Founder & CEO, Rainbow World Group
  • SIDE-EVENT BADEA I SME Financing: Pushing the Limits with Innovation

    Access by invitation only.

    Disruptions, from conflict in Ukraine to the global effort to combat climate change, have opened opportunities for African SMEs, including to reclaim control over local processing. However, faced with a financing deficit exceeding $330 billion, of which only 20% has been sourced from banks, African SMEs struggle to fulfil their potential and fully contribute to the continent’s economic metamorphosis. Tailor-made solutions, such as capacity enhancement and co-financing to meet the guarantees demanded by banks, have vast potential to boost SMEs. How can DFIs, in collaboration with private sector stakeholders, truly help SMEs thrive and propel continental development?

    Key points

    • Collaboration: Forming stronger DFI, government, private sector and civil society organization partnerships to unlock SME finance

    • Capacity building and entrepreneurship development: Supporting SME growth.

    • Sustainability and environmental considerations: Integrating green criteria and impact investing into financing practices

    President, BOAD
    President, BADEA
  • INDUSTRY OUTLOOK | Food Security: Building Climate-Resilient Agriculture Systems in Africa

    Climate change is harming harvests and contributing to rising food prices, provoking food insecurity for 280 million people in Africa. Following the example of Kenya’s President William Ruto, who plans to construct 100 irrigation dams and improve water management infrastructure, several heads of state are vying to make food systems more resilient and are promoting sustainable agriculture. These nations hope the private sector will play key roles: from supplying suitable seeds and fertilisers to improving storage and processing facilities. How can governments, financial institutions and industry create synergies to stimulate investment in climate adaptation, an area considered high-risk among investors?   

    Key points:   

    – Soil management, resistant seeds, fertilisers: How can resilient agriculture be reconciled with increased productivity?   

    – Financing: What are the right instruments to accelerate the adaptation of food systems to climate change?   

    – Regional integration and the AfCFTA: How can we facilitate intra-African trade in agricultural products to promote resilience? 

    East Africa Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
    Minister of Agriculture and Livestock , Guinea
    Chief Operating Officer, OCP
    Chairman & CEO, Diana Holding
    Regional Vice President for Africa, IFC
  • STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE | Why Launching A Corporate Foundation Is Good For Business

    Brought to you in collaboration with the African Philanthropy Forum

    Access via sign-up on the event app or by invitation only.

    The rise of strategic corporate philanthropy in Africa – by foreign multinationals and African businesses alike – points to a very clear ROI that goes beyond the idea that philanthropy equals public relations. OECD figures suggest that donations by domestic organisations now make up 50% of the total, and more than half of all foundations are based in developing countries. This roundtable will provide insights from existing corporate foundations, philanthropic experts and aspiring donors, aiming to uncover the benefits of giving. 

    Discussion points

    – Image, employee engagement, tax benefits: the basic business case for corporate foundations 

    – Widening horizons: how a corporate foundation might open doors to unexpected stakeholders and partnerships 

    – Core competencies: should corporate foundations focus on the business’ area of expertise?

    Executive Director, African Philanthropy Forum
    Executive Director - Governance & Sustainability, Sahara Group
     Associate Vice President for Health Equity & Partnerships, MSD
    Executive Director, Africa, Children's Investment Fund Foundation
    Executive Director, MTN Foundation
    Senior Executive Adviser to Group CEO, Ecobank Transnational
  • STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE | Finding the Perfect Balance: Achieving Innovation-Friendly Tech Regulation

    Access via sign-up on the event app or by invitation only.

    Africa is among the world’s most promising tech markets with a digital economy expected to reach $712 billion by 2050. But a fragmented and outdated policy framework imposed on digital players may hamper innovation. In addition, the tax burden on fintech services – $20 billion in 2022 in Africa alone can compel operators to limit investments. This closed-door discussion between tech companies and regulators assesses the long-term effect of regulation on the private sector’s leeway to innovate and aims to find a balance between protecting consumers and promoting innovation. 

    Discussion points:   

    – Start-Up Acts and comprehensive national AI strategies: Fostering new technologies and tech champions  

    – Case study from Côte d’Ivoire: How to build a tech-friendly regulatory framework? 

    – Following the example of Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria: What strategies are needed to build a network of regulatory sandboxes in more countries? 

    CEO, Big Cabal Media
    Co-Founder & President, MAX
    Senior Vice President and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, Visa
    Regional Director, Wave Digital Finance
    Head of Public Policy, Francophone Africa & Head of Connectivity Policy Africa, META
    Chief of Staff, Carry1st
    Minister of ICT & Innovation, Republic of Rwanda
  • MCKINSEY ROUNDTABLE | The Secrets of Outperforming Family-Owned Businesses: How They Create Value & How You Can Become One

    Access by invitation only. In collaboration with McKinsey.

    Family-owned businesses have long been a driving force in the global economy, accounting for over 70 percent of global GDP and generating an annual turnover of $60 trillion to $70 trillion. A recent McKinsey analysis has uncovered the significant factors that actually set the very best family-owned businesses apart.

    During this discussion, we will provide an exclusive deep-dive into our analysis, which shows the critical mindset formula that’s propelling these businesses and delve into the strategic actions that distinguish them, including active portfolio diversification, dynamic resource reallocation, efficient investor and operator relationships, and an unwavering focus on attracting, developing, and retaining top talent.

    Senior Partner, Africa Chairman, and member of the McKinsey Shareholders’ Council, McKinsey & Company, Africa
  • CONVERSATION WITH | Can Africa Become a Champion of Artificial Intelligence?

    Leading figures in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Kate Kallot and Karim Beguir share the ambition of making Africa a major player in the sector. Young prodigy Kate Kallot founded the start-up Amini, the continent’s first AI-based climate data collection platform and is now listed in Time’s 100 most influential people in the world of AI. After selling Instadeep to the giant BioNtech for €408m, Karim Beguir inaugurated his AI training school in Tunisia and aims to make it the epicentre of AI innovation. In an exclusive interview, the two leaders exchange views on how Africa can overcome the challenges of a lack of infrastructure, talent and regulation and become a global AI hub in the coming decades. 

    Founder & CEO, Amini
    Managing Director Africa, Google
  • CONVERSATION WITH | S.E. Robert BEUGRE MAMBE
    Economics editor , Jeune Afrique
    Premier Ministre, Chef du Gouvernement, Ministre des Sports et du Cadre de Vie, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
  • PANEL | Unlocking Climate Finance: How Can DFI Collaboration Drive Private Sector Financing?

    Private flows account for just 14% of funds devoted to African climate finance, which is already facing a $213 billion annual shortfall. Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) could be crucial to attracting more capital from a private sector so far cautious about financing highly costly projects on its own. Collaborative initiatives between DFIs (Bridgetown, Marrakech Declarations and COP28) have been launched to pool resources across the value chain, from co-development of bankable projects to co-financing. But to attract more private finance, how can international development banks assume a greater share of the risk and create synergies with their local counterparts? How can the right financial instruments be deployed at scale?    

    Key points:    

    – DFIs: Adjusting risk appetite and private capital mobilisation strategies 

    – From technical assistance to improved regulatory frameworks: What measures are needed to co-develop bankable projects?   

    – De-risking: How could a broader use of guarantees, insurance, and local currency financing entice private investment? 

    Editor-in-chief, Africa Business+
    Managing Director & Partner, BCG
    Managing Director & Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, Bank of America
    CEO, Proparco
    Director General, East Africa Development Bank
    CEO, Swedfund
    Group CEO, KCB Group PLC
  • INVEST IN MOROCCO | Decarbonizing to Thrive

    Climate change could force 216 million people to migrate within their own countries by 2050, leading to climate migration hotbeds starting of from 2030, a phenomenon that will expand and intensify thereafter according to the World Bank. For Morocco, the implementation of its decarbonization policy aims to proactively respond to its national needs and to anticipate increasingly restrictive international regulations, such as the establishment of the Carbon Adjustment Mechanism at the borders of the European Union which affects export value chains. In terms of energy transition, Morocco aims to increase the share of renewable energies in overall installed power to 52%, and reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2030. The low-carbon development strategy for 2050 outlines the major axes for the successful decarbonization of the Moroccan economy. In this regard, Morocco’s offer for the development of the green hydrogen sector has just been announced by the Government last March; a project offering real opportunities for accelerating the development of investments and exports.

    Partner and Co-Head of Francophone Africa, Clifford Chance
    Minister of Industry and Commerce, Morocco
    President, CGEM
    CEO, Royal Air Maroc
    Chairman of the Board of Directors, LafargeHolcim Maroc
    Chief Operating Officer, OCP
    Acting CEO , Masen
    CEO, Cooper Pharma
    Regional Director, North and the Horn of Africa, IFC
    Director of Communications, International Cooperation and Partnerships, Ministry of Investment, Convergence and Evaluation of Public Policies
  • SIDE-EVENT I Africa Business Leaders Coalition (ABLC) CEO Roundtable

    Invitation only – The Africa Business Leaders Coalition (ABLC) CEO roundtable is a crucial event to foster actionable dialogue to drive Africa’s sustainable economic development. It brings together CEOs and business executives, government representatives, and Development Finance Institutions (DFIs). This high-level roundtable focuses on two critical themes, gender equality, and climate finance, which are of utmost importance in today’s business landscape. The event starts off with remarks from the UN Global Compact and a distinguished guest speaker, setting the stage for meaningful dialogue on Africa’s future in gender and climate. ABLC CEOs and business executives will then participate in closed-door discussions, exploring commitments outlined in the Africa Business Leaders’ gender statement, which is scheduled for launch the following day. Following the roundtable, CEOs and Business Executives have an exclusive opportunity to engage with DFIs on accessing climate financing.

  • PANEL | Decisive Decade for Intra-African Trade: Can the AfCFTA Deliver?

    The next ten years will test Africa’s resolve. A prosperous Africa means building the transport, industrial and social infrastructure for a projected population of 2.5 billion today. It means intra-African trade must become a reality today. However, five years since the launch of the operational phase of AfCFTA, substantial barriers to doing business across Africa remain in place. While projects such as PAPPS and the Guided Trade Initiative (GTI) are breaking these barriers down, African business is calling for accelerated progress on critical enablers of intra-African trade like transport, tariffs and talent. How can CEOs and governments agree on trade policies to protect local industries while increasing participation in global value chains?

    Key points:  

    – Radical integrationist policymaking:  How can African policymakers ensure a greater ease of doing intra-African business? 

    – Given vast divergences across Africa, can bilateral and sub-regional trade facilitation measures be a first step towards effective continental integration?   

    – Intra-African trade finance: What new guarantees could DFIs bring to overcome payment delays and high costs?

    Journalist, CGTN/Bloomberg
    Senior Partner, Africa Chairman, and member of the McKinsey Shareholders’ Council, McKinsey & Company, Africa
    Executive Vice President - Intra-African Trade Bank, Afreximbank
    Deputy CEO, Lagos Free Zone (Tolaram)
    Senior Vice President, Business Development, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company
    President & CEO, Dubai Chambers
    Area Managing Director, Eastern Africa Area, Maersk
    President, BOAD
  • STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE | Arbitration in Africa: Building Trust in Local Dispute Resolution

    Access via sign-up on the event app or by invitation only.

    Patel vs. Mozambique, Cortec Mining vs. Kenya, Nigeria vs. P&ID, Cameroon vs. Exxon and Petronas… Over the last ten years, the number of disputes between African states and investors has exploded, with judgments reaching billions of dollars. A lack of confidence in the continent’s judicial systems is leading to increased recourse to arbitration, which in principle enables faster dispute settlement. But despite the ambitions of centres in Kigali, Johannesburg, Abidjan or Cairo, cases are often handled outside Africa by foreign lawyers and arbitrators. In a closed-door round table, Ministers (mining, energy, infrastructure, finance and others), lawyers, arbitrators and legal directors discuss how to reconcile the Africanisation of arbitration and investor confidence.  

    Discussion points:  

    – Ministerial teams, arbitration centres, lawyers: How to build capacity?  

    – Africanisation: What role can states and the AfCFTA play? 

    – Speed, confidentiality, cost reduction: How can mediation become widespread? 

    VP Global Legal Data, Jus Mundi
    Minister for Investment, Industry and Trade , United Republic of Tanzania
    Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Republic of Uganda
    President, Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) of OHADA
    General Counsel, Insurance and Personal Data Protection Manager, Africa Global Logistics
    Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECA
    Secretary General, Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC)
  • STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE | A New Breed of African Agripreneur: Building a Tech Ecosystem for Mechanised Farming

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    Commercial ‘Farmer Service Centres’ and digital tech connecting farmers to mechanisation and labour services offer a business opportunity for thousands of micro and small entrepreneurs across rural Africa and could be key to closing the continent’s $40bn food import gap. Africa lags in digital tech adoption and mechanisation for smallholders partly due to a lack of affordable technologies suited to small African family farms, inefficient and costly last mile delivery and an overreliance on grant and donor funded delivery models. This roundtable of commercial banks, agribusinesses and governments will discuss how to create an ecosystem for local entrepreneurs to catalyse the mass adoption of innovative digital tools and equipment.

     Discussion points

    – Mechanisation, chemical and tech suppliers: Ensuring inputs and services are smallholder-adapted, climate-smart and channelled through local businesses 

    – Cultivating profitable local agripreneurs to connect the dots on extension services, inputs, agtech and market access

    – Financial institutions and government guarantees: Improving access to finance and digital payments services for last-mile entrepreneurs

    Managing Director and Partner, BCG
    Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Republic of Rwanda
    President, Regional Head, Olam Agri
    Managing Director, Farm to Market Alliance
    Regional Industry Director, Financial Institutions Group, Africa, IFC
    Group Managing Director, CMC Motors Group
    CEO / MD, Access Bank Rwanda
  • SIDE-EVENT NOVARTIS & ROCHE I How Strengthening Health Systems Can Build Investment and Prosperity in Africa

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    Today, government health expenditure in Sub-Saharan lags behind other regions. The continent bears 25% of the global disease burden but accounts for only 3% of global clinic trials. With the AU taking bold steps to catalyze the “medical market” across the African continent, $25 to $30 billion in new investment will be needed to meet the growing healthcare demands. With 60% of healthcare financing coming from private sources and 50% of total health expenditures going to private healthcare, health will continue to play a disproportionate role in societal well-being as a key enabler of sustainable economic development. In this private session led by health champions Roche and Novartis, high-level experts, key opinion leaders, and innovative practitioners will delve into the importance of health as an investment and how driving a pro-innovation ecosystem aligned to Continental strategies can accelerate investment and overall economic prosperity on the African Continent.

    Discussion points:

    – Pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and laboratories: explore priority areas for healthcare investment and align around where gaps in implementation exist.

    – From low-interest loans to streamlining bureaucratic processes: What strategies can governments use to entice the private sector?

    – What role can the private sector play to bridge policy areas e.g. trade, environment, health to ensure that healthcare investments have maximum impact?

    – How can digital health and AI improve access and quality of healthcare goods, and support further economic prosperity?

    Pharma International Area Head - Africa, Roche
    President & Head, Sub-Saharan Africa, NOVARTIS
    Partner and Africa Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Leader, McKinsey & Company
    Executive Chairman, Africa Health Business
  • INDUSTRY OUTLOOK | Big Tech and Telcos: Splitting the Bill on Digital Infrastructure

    Financing needs for digital infrastructure are expected to reach $100bn by 2030 amid surging demand for bandwidth as Africa is set to have 615 million internet users by 2025, each using 10GB per month. More private financing is needed to deliver more value at lower costs, make telecom services affordable, and to support innovative technologies enabling Africans to use these tools for business purposes. But who pays the bill? Telcom operators are under pressure to spend more and may consider partnering with OTT providers, heavy consumers of African telecommunication networks that generate a large share of internet traffic. From embracing disruptive solutions to PPPs and co-investments, what will enable investments in digitalisation and ensure last-mile delivery? 

    Key points:  

    – Mediation, PPPs, fair regulatory frameworks: How can African governments balance the interests of digital stakeholders in future infrastructure investments? 

    – Building subsea cables, expanding fiber networks and launching data centers: Are foreign tech giants playing their part in Africa? 

    – Fuelling investment for infrastructure and firms with innovative solutions to unlock productive tech use 

    Founder & Managing Director, Leaders on Purpose
    Senior Partner and Africa Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
    Minister of ICT & Innovation, Republic of Rwanda
    Managing Director Africa, Google
    CEO, Vodacom Mozambique
    Regional Industry Director, IFC
  • BADEA’s 50th anniversary.

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  • PANEL | Educating Generation Alpha: How Technology Can Future Proof African Youth

    2023 was a demographic tipping point for Africa’s youth. For the first time in recorded history the continent now has the largest population of young people on the planet. Those born from 2010 to 2024, known as Generation Alpha, represent the future economic growth of Africa. They will enjoy a longer life expectancy than ever before and 65% of them will work in jobs that don’t exist yet. But how digital advances and specifically AI is harnessed now to educate these young people will determine whether they are included in the digital revolution or left behind. How can the private sector and public stakeholders ensure that Generation Alpha in Africa taps into the benefits that technology holds for their future?

    Key points:  

    – Digital inclusion: Despite AI’s potential, the digital divide and other societal challenges still hinder access to technology in many African communities. What can be done? 

    – Best in class: How are African startups providing personalised learning, remote education, and teacher support powered by AI? 

    – How can businesses connect with the virtual world in which Generation Alpha lives? 

    Content and Program Director, Africa CEO Forum
    President, University Mohammed VI Polytechnic
    Dean, Strathmore University Business School
    CEO, Ubongo
    Partner and Head of Enterprise Risk Services/ESG, KPMG
    Chief of Staff, Carry1st
    CEO, Education Outcomes Fund
  • PRIME MINISTERS’ PANEL | Engineering Best-in-Class Business Environments

    Business-friendly policies could be critical for African economies to weather an international funding squeeze and counter rising debt distress. Governments are relying more than ever on the private sector to create jobs and increase their revenues. From digital hubs, to simplified administrative procedures, and special economic zones: Recent reforms across Rwanda, São Tomé, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire have sought to boost economic activity. Yet efforts to raise taxes to boost the economy often clash with economic stimulus measures creating confusion that dissuades investors. What fiscal and industrial policies can reconcile these contradictory ambitions? Three prime ministers respond to Marwane Ben Yahmed, Publication Director at Jeune Afrique.  

    Key points:

    – Business environment: How can a climate of trust be established between the State and the private sector?

    – Which industrial policies and development models will deliver results?

    – Intra-African trade: How can states capitalise on the AfCFTA?

    Director of publication, Jeune Afrique Media Group
    Prime Minister, Head of Government, Republic of Guinea
    Premier Ministre, Chef du Gouvernement, Ministre des Sports et du Cadre de Vie, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
    Prime Minister , Republic of Rwanda
    Prime Minister and Head of Government, Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
  • Gala Dinner

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    CEO, East Africa Media Group
  • After Party