By Sotunde Busayo
To realize the vision of a prosperous and confident Africa through beneficial exchanges across borders, business leaders in Africa and Diaspora are getting set for the 7th edition of the Africa Business Leader Forum (ABLF) scheduled to take place November 10-12, 2011 in the capital city of Ghana- Accra.
ABLF, known as one of Africa’s most distinguished senior business leaders gathering, is organised by BIA conferences and Business & Financial Times in collaboration with Ghana’s Ministry of Trade & Industry and Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC). Telecommunication giant, Vodafone, is the lead sponsor of the event with support from Zenith Bank and International Energy Insurance.
Tagged “Enhancing Africa’s business opportunities through effective public-private partnership,” the business forum will provide a platform for business leaders to understand and strengthen their resolve to fight poverty & under-development in the continent.
It will also provide a platform for business leader in Africa & Diaspora to share insight and debate business options that will advance the pursuit of development & transformation for the continent.
In addition, an exhibition to promote companies and business people’s Unique Selling Point (USP) will be launched to an exclusive and well defined group of organisational and individual consumers, which will unearth business and investment opportunities in key frontiers markets within the continent.
Speaking on the scheduled forum, the Executive director of the Business and Financial Times, Mrs Edith Dankwa, said “This year’s forum will be the most promising ever as it is coming at a time when Africa is imbued with boundless hope and countless opportunities.”
The event will also feature a special youth summit for enterprising and energetic youth from Africa to debate issues, exchange ideas and foster beneficial friendship and partnership.
Some of the key speakers expected at the forum include: Mr Kyle Whitehill (CEO of Vodafone Ghana), Dr. James Mwangi (CEO Equity Bank, Kenya), Dr. Sam Jonah (CEO Jonah Capital Group), Patrice Motsepe (Chairman of Africa Rainbow Minerals), Aliko Dangote (President Dangote Group), Ms Hannah Tetteh (Min. of Trade and Industry Ghana), Dr. Kofi Amoah (CEO of Progency Ventures).
The speaker will examine the following topics:
-Africa’s corporate governance system
-Business leadership in a competitive landscape
– The media & Africa’s economic development agenda.
– Navigating Africa’s economic growth
– Africa’s leadership and developmental agenda.
-Women in leadership and entrepreneurship
– Education and human capital development in Africa
-ICT development in Africa – Finance, banking and investment in Africa
– Energy in Africa (energy as a development resource)