The CEO Forum, an initiative by Africa investor (Ai) in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has attracted record interest from South African business leaders.
The invitation-only forum will bring together more than 40 African Ministers of Industry together with African business leaders operating across the continent, to formulate a plan for AU heads of state to endorse on the African Union Industrialisation strategy. The strategy is designed to improve intra-African trade and the continent's international trade competitiveness.
Confirmed business leaders include: Dr Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, chairman of the NEPAD Business Group; Dr Cheick Diarra, chairman of Microsoft Africa;
Sifiso Dabengwa, group chief executive of MTN; Paul Baloyi, CEO of Development Bank of Southern Africa; and Sipho Mkhize, CEO of PetroSA.
Hubert Danso, vice-chairman of Africa investor, points out: "Investors and investment promotion agencies are at the heart of Africa's industrialisation and this event will not only convene leading African CEOs and top performing businesses but also CEOs from African investment promotion agencies who will convene at the event as part of the Afriipanet consultation taking place the same time."
The forum is an exclusive annual platform for the leaders of African companies and multinational corporations operating in Africa to positively impact the investment climate for industrial growth and competiveness, and has been organised this year in parallel to the African Union Conference of African Ministers of Industry (CAMI) hosted by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI).
'The key to effective industrial policy-making is to make sure that government and the private sector talk to each other constructively" says amine Dhaoui from UNIDO's Private Sector Development Branch. "We have deliberately organized the Africa Investor-UNIDO CEO Forum alongside the Conference of African Ministers of Industry and the Meeting of the Heads of African Investment Promotion Agencies to give the participants a chance to mingle.
"We will also be using the opportunity to get feedback from the heads of some of Africa's largest companies on the African Union's industrialisation strategy."