A watershed year for Africa and the rest of the world, 2020 is drawing to a close: the global economy is facing a 5% decline in wealth, while the continent is weathering its first recession in 25 years. Booming before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Africa’s financial industry is now forced to rethink its development trajectory.
The first-ever continental meeting bringing together African financial industry stakeholders, The Africa financial industry summit seeks to open up dialogue in an industry confronted with the dual challenge of helping finance the recovery while accelerating the emergence of an inclusive, robust and innovative financial services industry. A one-of-a kind online experience bringing together more than 500 participants, 50 regulators and 350 private sector representatives to discuss on developing a pan-Africa platform.
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.
As a platform for high-level business meetings and a place to share experiences and to 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.
1,800 participants from 70 countries, including 40 African states, came to Kigali for the 2019 edition of the Forum. Among them were almost 800 CEOs, four heads of state, 100 ministers and financial donors, and more than 150 journalists from Africa and overseas.
The AFRICA CEO FORUM is part of Jeune Afrique media group. Since 2018 the Forum also hosts the Women in Business Annual Leadership Meeting, devoted to women business leaders. In 2019 the Forum launched the Africa CEO Network, the most powerful and influential network of business leaders in Africa.