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In 2020, Africa will suffer its first economic recession in 25 years – one that threatens to wipe out nearly 50 million jobs across all sectors. Weakening health systems and giving rise to soaring food insecurity, falling commodity prices and rapidly deteriorating government coffers, the Covid-19 crisis and its shocks have raised the spectre of a dramatic reversal of fortune for a continent that, up until the pandemic struck, had been singled out by the entire investment community as the region with the most promising future.


However, Africa is not the same “hopeless continent” it was 20 years ago. The continent’s companies and private sector are more innovative and dynamic than ever before, while its youth are plugged-in and eager to become full-fledged members of the globalised world. African women have gradually taken on a more significant role than ever before in the economic sphere, winning, with patience and determination, an ever-growing number of decision-making positions. Their role in the continent’s response to the crisis will be decisive.


The third edition of The Summit, the international flagship event of the Women Working for Change (WFC) platform, will bring together more than 400 major African women leaders in November to discuss this year’s theme: Imagine Tomorrow, Change Today.


Featuring some of the continent’s most prominent female leaders today, participants will share their vision of the global challenges to come as well as the steps that need to be taken to give women their rightful place in spearheading change. In light of current events, The Summit will particularly focus on the African continent’s economic and health outlook in the aftermath of the present crisis.


The Summit brings together women company executives, investors and public officials with the following profiles: Board Member, President/CEO Managing Director, Vice-President, Partner, Head of Financial Institution Head of Government Agency.

About Africa CEO Forum

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.