Keynotes
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Friday
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4:50 pm
Klarman Hall
Diverse

One Africa, One Market - Repositioning Africa as the Largest Free Trade Area

According to the World Bank, The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is poised to make Africa the largest trade area/zone in terms of market size, creating a market of 1.3 billion people across 55 countries and a combined GDP of approx. $3.4 Trillion. Many have posited it as a game change-changer with the potential to transform African economies and significantly raise Africa’s share of global trade and investment flows and shift the direction and composition of FDI to Africa, positioning the region as an increasingly dynamic force in the international arena. How can Africa leverage the AfCFTA to enhance its global competitiveness and compete in the new global era?

Come hear industry stalwarts take center stage to unravel the intricacies of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). Against the backdrop of this historic agreement, the keynote will explore strategic visions, challenges, and opportunities presented by the AfCFTA as well as delve into the private sector's role in innovation, infrastructure development, and the imperative of collaborative efforts in repositioning Africa on the global economic stage.

One Africa, One Market - Repositioning Africa as the Largest Free Trade Area

According to the World Bank, The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is poised to make Africa the largest trade area/zone in terms of market size, creating a market of 1.3 billion people across 55 countries and a combined GDP of approx. $3.4 Trillion. Many have posited it as a game change-changer with the potential to transform African economies and significantly raise Africa’s share of global trade and investment flows and shift the direction and composition of FDI to Africa, positioning the region as an increasingly dynamic force in the international arena. How can Africa leverage the AfCFTA to enhance its global competitiveness and compete in the new global era?

Come hear industry stalwarts take center stage to unravel the intricacies of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). Against the backdrop of this historic agreement, the keynote will explore strategic visions, challenges, and opportunities presented by the AfCFTA as well as delve into the private sector's role in innovation, infrastructure development, and the imperative of collaborative efforts in repositioning Africa on the global economic stage.

America/New_York
Feb 16, 2024 4:50 PM
Klarman Hall

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Breakout 3
Saturday
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3:45 pm
Aldrich 109
Mapping the Way Forward: African Businesses in a Globalized World
Can Africa leverage unique and innovative partnership models to claim its rightful seat at the global economic table?
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Mapping the Way Forward: African Businesses in a Globalized World

While the global economy thrives on interconnectedness, Africa's participation in both global production and trade remains a mere glimpse on the grand stage. This underrepresentation extends beyond the world arena, with intra-African trade lagging behind every other continent. In this era of strategic alliances driving trade flows and innovation, the crucial question emerges: can Africa leverage unique and innovative partnership models to claim its rightful seat at the global economic table?


Navigating strategic global alliances within the continent and beyond with China and the US will significantly impact the African business ecosystem. These alliances can give African businesses access to new markets, capital, technology, and expertise. They can also help African businesses to improve their efficiency and competitiveness. How should African businesses position to create jobs, boost trade, promote innovation, and build sustainable global businesses through these alliances?


America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 3:45 PM
Aldrich 109
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Lunches
Saturday
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12:25 pm
Aldrich 011
Sponsor Informational Lunch: TGI Group
Sponsor Informational Lunch
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Sponsor Informational Lunch: TGI Group

The sponsor informational lunch will include a company presentation and the opportunity to connect with some of the company's executives.‍

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 12:25 PM
Aldrich 011
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Lunches
Saturday
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12:25 pm
Aldrich 010
Sponsor Informational Lunch: CH Group
Sponsor informational lunch.
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Sponsor Informational Lunch: CH Group

The sponsor informational lunch will include a company presentation and the opportunity to connect with some of the company's executives.

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 12:25 PM
Aldrich 010