Photograph — The Africa CEO Forum

The Africa CEO Forum is set to hold on the 25th and 26th of March, 2019, in Kigali Rwanda. As is the norm, it will be a meeting place for more than 1500 business leaders and investors in Africa around the world.

The Africa CEO Forum has also been a place where African leaders have made key business decisions and signed business deals with investors and other leaders likewise. The last edition of the Africa CEO Forum held in Abidjan last year witnessed the signing of a common strategy on Cocoa by two of Africa’s cocoa producers in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. On the sidelines of the Africa CEO Forum, Presidents Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire and Akufo-Addo of Ghana signed an agreement called “Declaration of Abidjan” in which the two countries commit themselves to “harmonize their cocoa marketing policy “.

This year, the President of Togo has revealed that he will be unveiling his 2018-2022 National Development Plan before an audience of 1,500 business leaders and investors from Africa and around the world. President Faure Gnassingbe of the Federal Republic of Togo will be hoping to attract investors to the country in an “Invest in Togo” session at the conference.

His proposed Development plan would drive the structural transformation of the economy of the country. The plan, which kicked off last year, and is scheduled to end in 2022, will be 65 percent funded by the private sector, many of which is hoped will come from the Africa CEO Forum. The plan is expected to position Togo as a top-tier logistics and financial hub, step up the development of agricultural, manufacturing and mining business clusters, consolidate social development and shore up mechanisms for inclusion.

The newly elected president of the Democratic Republic of Congo Félix Tshisekedi will also be at the forum next week. His assumption of the presidency of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the end of January 2019 marks the beginning of a new era for the country, as it represents the first successful democratic transition in the country. This democratic transition raises a great many expectations, especially in terms of economic recovery.

As the newly elected Head of State of the DRC is now faced with challenges ranging from diversifying an economy that is highly dependent on the mining sector, to developing the country’s infrastructure and agriculture, fighting mass unemployment, and improving the business climate to spur investments, the AFRICA CEO FORUM will enable President Tshisekedi to present his economic recovery plan to the community of international investors and business leaders gathered in Kigali.

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