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Africa Day Business Conference

Written on July 16, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities

The here at IE Business School is a one day conference which is designed to address trending issues on the African continent and an opportunity for participants to meet and share insights with policymakers and industry leaders in the economy on future prospect of the continent and its relations with the rest of the world. The 2018 edition, themed – Opportunities and Challenges for sustainable intra-regional growth in Africa – held on the 25th of May explored the impact of slower growth in the developed world which makes Africa increasingly attractive, especially in the non-commodities industries, and the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement which is proving particularly interesting to investors.

The keynote speaker at this year’s conference was Dr. Hippolyte Fofack, the Chief Economist and Director of Research & International Cooperation at African Export-Import Bank. He has also been responsible for the Macroeconomic and Growth Program at the World Bank Institute, the knowledge and research arm of the World Bank Group. This was followed by panel discussions on “Power and Infrastructure” and then “Trade and ICT” as priority areas relevant to the successful integration and prosperity of the continent and indicative strategies to stakeholders.

The event commenced with a welcome note by the IE Africa Club President – Ubong Inyang, which was followed by an opening address delivered by Professor Gonzalo Garland – Director of External Relations at IE. Professor Garland provided the audience with a summary of IE’s activities in Africa and its long term strategic plans to increase the African student representation at IE. We also had the President of the Spanish Club of Investors and Exporters – Antonio Bonet who spoke briefly about the activities of Spanish companies in Africa and the need to increase the level of partnership and trade with African countries.

The sessions were moderated by Professor Gayle Allard and Professor Grace Obado. Panelists included Mrs. Lynda Madu (MainOne Cable Company, Nigeria), Ammin Youssouf (Afrobytes, France), Dr. Lance Mambodiani Steward Bank, Zimbabwe), Dr. Andrew S. Nevin, PwC, West Africa), Mr Osaruyi Orobosa-Ogbeide (African Finance Corporation, Nigeria), Mr. Greg Nau (mPower A.G Switzerland), Ms. Paula Garcia (Siemens Gamesa, Spain), Mr. Juan Montes Garcia (Engie, France), Mr Phakamile Mainganya (IDC, South Africa).

The IE Africa Club wishes to express its profound gratitude to the IE Community and participants at this year’s conference for making out the time, effort and resources to contribute to the success of the IE Africa Day Business Conference. Your contributions and presence were indeed inspirational.

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