Abidjan set to host largest African private sector forum


The capital of Côte d’Ivoire, Abidjan, is set to host the 6th edition of the Africa CEO Forum in March attracting 1,200 plus key decision-makers from industry, finance and politics from 60 countries.

Africa CEO Forum is the world’s largest gathering of the African private sector. This year it will take place from March 26-27, 2018 with a theme, “African Champions: Powering Competitiveness” and will be opened by Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.

The 2018 Forum aims to enable its participants to formulate action plans for the transformation of the continent’s large companies, according to the organizing company. “The African private sector has developed strongly over the past two decades, most recently showing its capacity to resist a period of economic slowdown. But the number and size of leading companies remains small when measured against other emerging regions,” the organizer of the event, African Media Agency said.

“While economic recovery takes shape, the unprecedented technological disruption that is occuring all over the world can be a tool for African champions to grow ever faster, to increase their competitivity, and to challenge their counterparts at a global level. Despite the risks they pose to industry in terms of job creation, these digital revolutions also enable acceleration on a new scale in several fields: financial inclusion, logistics, access to health and education, agricultural competitivity and innovation among them,” the agency said.

Providing the business climate continues to improve and investment to strengthen, this large-scale evolution will also result in a new generation of dynamic African companies.

Through twenty sessions organized by sector and region, case studies by top CEOs, success stories, strategic workshops, and themed task forces (on female leadership and young CEOs), the 2018 edition of the Forum sets out to open the perspective on a new era for the private sector, and to make the next ten years of growth a decade of entrepreneurial transformation in Africa.