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The AFRICA CEO FORUM, the largest annual private sector meeting in Africa, will take place on 13 and 14 June 2022 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. As the world recovers from the impact of COVID-19 and 10 years after its first publication, the event will focus on offering new ways to grow in Africa.

Vaccine production, supply chain disruptions, digitalization of the economy, energy transition… The health crisis caused by COVID-19 has accelerated the transformation of economies into new models. Whether it is about sustainable growth, job creation or supporting the development of national and regional leaders, AFRICA CEO FORUM intends to work on public-private dialogue, which is more important than ever for building a sovereign and autonomous Africa.

For the first time since 2019, AFRICA CEO FORUM 2022 will take place face to face and will host more than 1,500 heads of business and government, including: Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire; Mackie Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal; Mohamed Sheikh El-Gazuani, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania; Mohamed Bazum, President of the Republic of Niger; Amy Osinbajo, Vice President of the Republic of Nigeria; Ralph Mupita, CEO of MTN; Abdul Samad Rabiu, Executive Chairman of BUA Group; Soren Toft, CEO of MSC, Dolphin Traore, Managing Director of Allianz Africa; Rita Zniber, CEO of Diana Holding; Ade Ayemi, CEO of Ecobank; Aliun Ndiaye, Managing Director of Orange in the Middle East and Africa; Anne Rigail, Managing Director of Air France, as well as many other decision-makers from across Africa and around the world. They will discuss strategic priorities for shaping the future of African economies.

The event is co-organized by Jeune Afrique Media Group and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

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“The world has entered a difficult and probably long period of economic and political tensions, which requires our continent to question its growth model. In this perspective, we must make economic sovereignty at the heart of our project and propose new ways for Africa to prosper, focusing on green growth, industrial transformation, the digital economy and public-private dialogue, ”he said. Amir Ben Yahmed, President and Founder of AFRICA CEO FORUM.

“COVID-19 has put a strain on African economies and people, but they have shown resilience. Now you need to focus on recovery. While much turbulence is to be expected, now is the time for Africa to harness its strengths and fully mobilize new growth drivers to emerge from the pandemic’s strengths. The IFC’s support for the AFRICA CEO Forum demonstrates our commitment to mobilizing private sector partners around a common goal: to build a better, greener and more inclusive future for Africa. ” said Makhtar Diop, managing director of IFC.

For 10 years, the AFRICA CEO FORUM has been a major meeting place for African leaders, international investors and governments. During the last physical edition of the Forum in 2019, more than 1,500 decision-makers, including 700 CEOs, gathered in Kigali, Rwanda.

Case studies, expert testimony, workshops, high-level working groups: this year the AFRICA CEO FORUM will present new innovative formats that will allow participants to discuss strengthening Africa’s economic sovereignty.

The AFRICA CEO FORUM Awards, which annually reward the most enterprising companies and individuals on the continent, will open its doors to about twenty of the most important startups in Africa thanks to the initiative Destroyers Club.

About the CEO AFRICA FORUM

Founded in 2012, AFRICA CEO FORUM is a reference platform for leaders of the largest African and international companies, international investors, managers of multinational companies, heads of state, ministers and representatives of major financial institutions operating on the continent. Undoubtedly a place for high-level meetings, for sharing experiences and for deciphering trends affecting the business world, AFRICA CEO FORUM offers concrete and innovative solutions that will help businesses on the continent move forward. Founded in 2012, AFRICA CEO FORUM is a reference platform for leaders of the largest African and international companies, international investors, managers of multinational companies, heads of state, ministers and representatives of major financial institutions operating on the continent. Undoubtedly a place for high-level meetings, for sharing experiences and for deciphering trends affecting the business world, AFRICA CEO FORUM offers concrete and innovative solutions that will help businesses on the continent move forward. Through its initiatives, AFRICA CEO FORUM increases the representation of women in decision-making positions on the continent and supports the transformation of African family businesses.

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About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the world’s largest private sector-focused development institution in emerging markets. We operate in more than 100 countries, using our capital, experience and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal 2021, IFC allocated a record $ 31.5 billion to private businesses and financial institutions in developing countries, using private sector forces to tackle poverty. Extreme poverty and the promotion of common prosperity as economies struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.