Safaricom CEO to attend CEO Forum

Safaricom’s CEO, Bob Collymore, will be among the leading African CEOs to grace the second Africa CEO Forum, which aims to deepen economic integration and development at a time when there is heightened scramble for the continent’s unexploited economic potential.

The three-day event will be held in Geneva from 17-19 March 2014 and is organized by Groupe Jeune Afrique in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB). Offering a solid framework for exchange between the major players of the African private sector, this key event will bring together more than 700 African and international CEOs, financiers and business leaders.

Since its inception in 2012, the Africa CEO Forum has brought  English- and French-speaking leading economic players together and has aimed to facilitate local exchange development, enhance and support African entrepreneurship and promote public-private dialogue to build a foundation which would encourage growth of new activities.

The main themes for the forum include the Africa’s competitiveness enhancement, the place for African companies in major construction projects, the Africapitalism paradigm, and the digital revolution. To complement these four plenary conferences, eight knowledge sessions will attempt to address more concretely the trends in company management and strategies to encourage its growth: agribusiness, extractive industries, and capital partnerships. According to Amir BEN Yehamen, President of the Africa CEO Forum, “These topics prove to be very relevant to businessmen and investors who wish to think ‘out of the box’. The format relies on the tremendous experience of iconic CEOs and experts who will propose significant strategies in regards to the company management and identify key growth drivers in different sectors”.

The leading figures who will attend the event include: Mo Ibrahim, President of Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman of Econet Wireless, Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom; Ashish Thakkar, CEO of Mara Group; Emmanuel Faber, Delegate Director of Danone; Abdeslam Ahizoune, CEO of Maroc Telecom; Kola Karim, CEO of Shoreline Energy International; as well as Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.

Developed in partnership with the African Development Bank, Africa CEO Forum is an event organized by Groupe Jeune Afrique, publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report and Rainbow Unlimited, a Swiss company specialized in planning economic promotion events and manager of the SABC (Swiss African Business Circle).

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