President Alassane Ouattara, President Paul Kagame, President Macky Sall, President Mahamadou Issoufou and President Filipe Nyusi, as well as Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are set to grace the 8th edition of the Africa CEO Forum.
The largest annual gathering of the African private sector will take place on the 9th and 10th of March in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Founded in 2012, the AFRICA CEO FORUM is an annual gathering of decision-makers from the largest African companies, as well as international investors, multinational executives, heads of state, ministers, and representatives of the main financial institutions operating on the continent.
On the eve of the AfCFTA’s implementation, political leaders and the private sector will focus discussions on ensuring Africa’s successful economic integration, covering issues such as the list of sectors to be protected. These include; anti-dumping protections, the definition and application of rules of origin, the updating of legal frameworks, the timetable for implementation and the single currency regime.
The event also will generate conversations on the switch from the CFA franc to the ECO which currently poses a major political and economic challenge for ECOWAS in particular and Africa more broadly.
According to the press release: “The participation of top-level representatives from Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Senegal, Niger and Mozambique, as well as the vice president of the continent’s leading economic powerhouse, reaffirms the AFRICA CEO FORUM’s role as a platform for public-private dialogue contributing concrete solutions to major development challenges in an era in which Africa must decisively return to steady, inclusive growth.”
About the AFRICA CEO FORUM
As a platform for high-level business meetings and a place to share experiences and identify trends that affect the business world, the AFRICA CEO FORUM is committed to offering concrete and innovative solutions to help the continent and its companies move forward.
Through its “Women in Business” and “Family Business” initiatives, it also aims to increase the representation of women in decision-making positions on the continent and to support the transformation of African family businesses.
Organised by Jeune Afrique Media Group, the AFRICA CEO FORUM also hosts the Women in Business Annual Leadership Meeting dedicated to women leaders, and in 2019 launched the Africa CEO Network, the most powerful and influential network of business leaders in Africa.