The first Africa Best Practices Forum opened on 26th February in Lomé. Organised jointly by Ellipse Communication and the specialised recruitment agency AfricSearch, this forum brings together economic and political decision-makers to promote the dissemination of best practices. “This forum will be an arena for discussions among public and private sector decision-makers in Africa. Because the level of investment depends on reforms undertaken by African states, there is an urgent need to accelerate these reforms to promote social and economic change, with the private sector acting as a lever,” explains Didier Acouetey, president of AfricSearch.
In addition to delegations from Morocco, Rwanda and Singapore, heads of some of the biggest Pan-African development institutions will be in attendance. These include Jean-Louis Ekra, President of Afreximbank, Bassary Touré, Vice-President of BOAD, Hervé Assah, World Bank representative for Togo, and Félix Edoh Kossi Amenounve, General Manager of the Bourse régionale des valeurs mobilières in Abidjan. They will focus in particular on new approaches to investment financing and innovative reforms. Many political decision-makers are also expected, including Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu, Prime Minister of Togo, who will be accompanied by Adji Otéth Ayasor, Minister of the Economy and Finance, and by Kako Nubukpo, Minister for Forecasting and Evaluation of public policies.
Representing the private sector, Charles Kie, executive director of the Corporate & Investment departments at Ecobank, will speak on the reforms needed to enable African economies to harness more of the continent’s resources. Other guests will be Amadou Kane, President of AK Associates and former Minister of Finance of Senegal, Stanislas Zeze, CEO and Chairman of the rating agency Bloomfield, Cheick-Oumar Sylla, CEO Africa at Contour Global. Many big names in private equity will attend, such as Jean-Marc Savi de Tové, a partner at Cauris.
Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Africa Best Practices Forum.