By Onome Amawhe
Prominent Nigerian Chief Executive Officers are expected to take part in the 5th edition of Africa CEO Forum in Geneva next month.
The forum, which is the largest international gathering dedicated to African private sector, will feature meetings with international bankers and investors with interests in Africa.
Since 2012, prominent Nigerians like Aliko Dangote, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, have attended the forum, and their presence helped to focus the discussions on the vital role played by the private sector in fostering growth across the continent.
According to the President of Africa CEO Forum, Amir Ben Yahmed, “a greater representation of women in companies is crucial to the prosperity of the African private sector.
‘’By creating the African Women in Business Initiative, we have decided to put female leadership at the heart of our discussions.”
CEOs of the largest African and international companies, bankers and investors most active in Africa, as well as decision-makers from the fastest growing African economies are expected to meet at the two-day event, which would also feature more than 1, 000 participants from over 63 countries.
The participants hope to gain strategic insights and share their perspectives on development and investment with the business and financial community.
President of Senegal, Macky Sall, along with Senegal’s most influential CEOs, will present the country’s economic transformation strategy and development projects to African and international financial decision-makers.
Also, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Dessalegn, alongside a delegation of Ethiopian CEOs, will present the strategic orientations of his economic policy as well as several concrete investment projects in high potential sectors.
The Ethiopian government has launched significant programmes in sectors such as transport, telecommunications, energy and industry, especially textile industry, to accelerate the structural transformation of the country’s economy.
A major highlight of this year’s meeting will be launch of the African Women in Business initiative. forincreased female representation in business and to highlight the career paths of the women who have shaped the African private sector.
Developed in partnership with the African Development Bank, the Africa CEO Forum is an event organised by Groupe Jeune Afrique, publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, and Rainbow Unlimited, a Swiss company that specialises in organising events, promoting and facilitating business.