Five African presidents set to attend the AFRICA CEO FORUM 2020

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On 9 and 10 March in Abidjan, the 8th edition of the largest annual gathering of the African private sector will for the first-time feature five presidents – Alassane Ouattara, Paul Kagame, Macky Sall, Mahamadou Issoufou and Filipe Nyusi, as well as Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

At a time when the switch from the CFA franc to the ECO poses a major political and economic challenge, for ECOWAS in particular and Africa more broadly, and on the eve of the AfCFTA’s implementation, political leaders will focus discussion on ensuring Africa’s successful economic integration, covering issues such as the list of sectors to be protected, anti-dumping protections, the definition and application of rules of origin, the updating of legal frameworks, the timetable for implementation and the single currency regime.

The participation of top-level representatives from Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Senegal, Niger and Mozambique, as well as the vice president of the continent’s leading economic powerhouse, reaffirms the AFRICA CEO FORUM’s role as a platform for public-private dialogue contributing concrete solutions to major development challenges in an era in which Africa must decisively return to steady, inclusive growth.

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Blessing Ngorima, originally from Zimbabwe, is passionate about Technology and Innovation across Africa. Ngorima began his career by working for several leading Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies. He currently runs monthly events to teach the public on how to build and operate drones. Ngorima is a Contributor and Features Writer at BizNis Africa.

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