In its resolve to reposition the economic hub of the African continent, plans are underway by the notable chief executive officers of multi-national, medium and small scale organizations to brainstorm and fashion out strategies to place the continent socioeconomic sector on the world map.
The event which is slated for March 26 and 27, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire will have in attendance 1,200 decision-makers from the industry, finance and public sectors coming from all the countries in Africa.
According to the information released by the planning body, the meeting is aimed at enabling the participants to formulate action plans for the transformation of the continent’s large companies and will have “African Champions: Powering Competitiveness” as its central theme.
The African private sector has developed strongly over the past two decades, most recently showing its capacity to resist a period of economic slowdown. But the number and size of leading companies remain small when measured against other emerging regions. While economic recovery takes shape, the unprecedented technological disruption that is occurring all over the world can be a tool for African champions to grow ever faster, to increase their competitively, and to challenge their counterparts at a global level. The statement added.
Continuing, the group stated that despite the risks they pose to the industry in terms of job creation, these digital revolutions also enable acceleration on a new scale in several fields: financial inclusion, logistics, access to health and education, agricultural competitively and innovation among them.
Providing the business climate continues to improve and investment to strengthen, this large-scale evolution will also result in a new generation of dynamic African companies.
Through 20 sessions organized by sector and region, case studies by top CEOs, success stories, strategic workshops, and themed task forces (on female leadership and young CEOs), the 2018 edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM sets out to open the perspective on a new era for the private sector, and to make the next 10 years of growth a decade of entrepreneurial transformation in Africa.
Among the key speakers to lead the debate are Alassane Ouattara, president of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire; Philippe Le Houérou, CEO of the International Finance Corporation; Jim Ovia, Founder and CEO of Zenith Bank; Tedros Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization; Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; Claudio Descalzi, CEO of ENI and Naguib Sawiris, executive president of OTMT.
The others are Benedict Oramah, president of Afreximbank; Kuseni Dlamini, chairman of Massmart; Mohamed El Kettani, CEO of Attijariwafa Bank; Diego Aponte, CEO of MSC; Geoffrey Qhena, CEO of IDC; Zouhaïr Bennani, CEO of Label’Vie; Janine Kacou Diagou, Managing Director of the NSIA Group; Yolanda Cuba, CEO of Vodafone Ghana; Junior Ngulube, CEO of Sanlam; and Issad Rebrab, Chairman of the Board of Cévital among others.