More than 100 senior executives, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders from media, tech, business and civil society will gather in Accra, Ghana from 12 to 14 November 2017, for the annual Africa Business Media Innovators summit (ABMI), to discuss the changing face of media and new hybrid models.
Africa Business Media Innovators is a part of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, a pan-Africa program launched by Michael R. Bloomberg to advance business journalism on the continent.
ABMI 2017 will be hosted by Matthew Winker, Bloomberg News Co-Founder and Editor Emeritus and Justin B. Smith, Bloomberg Media CEO and will examine the many new trends and approaches in the wider communications sector, from revenue models to content creation and distribution.
The forum is designed so that media companies can share their strategies for navigating these changes and their efforts to impact inclusive and sustainable economic growth on the continent.
President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana will welcome the delegates from across Africa, the United Kingdom and United States, and open the convening.
The event appeals to a global audience with a focus on the media industry in Africa. The topics which will be covered include:
· The changing face of media in Africa and other emerging markets
· Strengthening African media capacity by innovating with new hybrid models
· Leveraging the changes in media practices to enable Africans to tell stories about Africa · The role of business journalism and African media as a driver of inclusive growth
The upcoming forum will also consider: how business leaders across the continent and globally can continue to contribute to a vibrant media sector; what the primary source of revenue will be; what medium consumers will rely on for news in the next five to ten years; and what enabling factors will enhance media and business journalism.
“As the geopolitical landscape changes with African economies showing the most dynamic demographic opportunity for growth, the continent must continue to build media capacity that will serve Africans’ increasing need for accurate and relevant business information. This annual gathering of global industry peers is testament to the power and determination of the communications industry to drive and maintain growth,” says Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg News Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus.
The ABMI summit was previously hosted in Kenya and South Africa, where stakeholders and influencers of the media and business landscape in Africa addressed the importance of a robust financial journalism sector, and the value of data and data-related technologies to drive international investment and economic growth.
Admittance to this event is on an invitation-only basis.