Johannesburg, New York, 22 September 2012: Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment and communications group recently concluded its Ai CEO Institutional Investment Summit at the New York Stock Exchange.
The Summit, held in association with NYSE Euronext at the New York Stock Exchange, attracted over 250 global investment leaders, pension funds, CEOs from African listed companies, fund managers, regulators and stock exchanges.
The Summit was opened by Hubert Danso, CEO, Africa investor, and received a welcome from Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Duncan Niederauer, CEO of the NYSE Euronext, gave the Keynote Address. In-depth CEO panel discussions included a high-level interactive review of Africa’s capital market investment climate, African pension fund capital supporting Africa’s growth, a global investors roundtable on Africa, Africa’s investment success stories, and the asset classes to watch in 2013.
Africa investor, in partnership with the UN and the Global Partnerships Forum, hosted the second annual Ai Advisory Councils’ African Heads of State Investment Working Lunch Consultation. The Consultation was moderated by Amir Dossal, Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum, and was opened by Maged Abdelaziz, Special Adviser on Africa for UNOSAA, and addressed by Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of UNIDO.
The keynote was given by H.E. Olesegun Obasanjo, 12th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The session set the agenda for the Africa investor Heads of State Investment Advisory Council ahead of its upcoming meeting with African Heads of State at the next AU Summit.
Commenting on the successful outcomes of the Summit, Hubert Danso, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Africa investor, said, “The Ai Institutional Investment Summit has established itself as the leading international platform for Global investors investing in Africa. We have no doubt that this CEOs platform will continue to support institutional investors understand and invest across Africa with confidence and new found local partners.”
The evening also saw Africa investor host its annual Ai Index Series Awards linked to its Ai Index Series (regarded as Africa’s Dow Jones). Ai Award winners included Africa’s stock exchanges, regulators, listed companies, fund managers, stockbrokers and analysts.
Ai Summit partners and sponsors included: NYSE Euronext, Bunengi Group; Ecobank; National Empowerment Fund; Oando, African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), EPFR Global; Business Africa; the US Chamber of Commerce; the African Venture Capital Association; the Global Partnerships Forum; TradeInvest Africa; ReConnect Africa; the United Nations Office for Partnerships; Principles for Responsible Investment; Africa Progress Panel; the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa.