Keynotes
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Saturday
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2:00 pm
Klarman Hall

Special Address from Patrick Achi

The former Prime Minister will give special remarks on accelerating economic growth and sustainable development in Africa.

Special Address from Patrick Achi

The former Prime Minister will give special remarks on accelerating economic growth and sustainable development in Africa.

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 2:00 PM
Klarman Hall

Other Sessions

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Breakout 3
Saturday
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3:45 pm
Aldrich 111
Leveraging the Diaspora: Mobilizing African Cultural Movements on the Global Stage
Exploring the intricate dynamics and economic considerations involved in bringing large African cultural movements to the global stage
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Leveraging the Diaspora: Mobilizing African Cultural Movements on the Global Stage

The panel will explore the intricate dynamics and economic considerations involved in bringing large African cultural movements to the global stage. The panelists will shed light on the impacts of these movements, including notable events like AfroNation, Afrofuture, AfriconLA, Afropunk, Afrotech, and more, with a particular focus on their influence on diaspora relations. We will delve into the impact on remittances, travel and tourism, investment, and cross-cultural exchange, and seek to understand how these movements are reshaping connections between the African diaspora and the continent. Additionally, we will discuss strategies to harness the momentum generated by these cultural phenomena for the purpose of fostering long-term engagement and investment in Africa. The panel will provide valuable insights into the intricate economic and cultural web woven by these movements and their potential to shape the future of diaspora relations with Africa.

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 3:45 PM
Aldrich 111
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Breakout 1
Saturday
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10:15 am
Aldrich 112
Navigating Global Fashion Markets with African Identity
How can African brands build sustainable business models that enable their products to be accessible to local and global clientele?
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Navigating Global Fashion Markets with African Identity

The past few years has seen a renewed focus on African arts on the global stage: Afrobeats, Nollywood on global streaming platforms, African fashion being shown at various global fashion weeks and carried by global retailers. How can African brands leverage this momentum to build sustainable (economically and ethically) business models that enable their products to be accessible to local and global clientele and withstand the test of time? What are the opportunities to innovate across the value chain and what unique competitive advantages do we have on the continent? This panel will dive into these questions through the lens of various ecosystem stakeholders - designers, retailers, investors, manufacturers - at the forefront of innovating African fashion and bringing it to the global stage

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 10:15 AM
Aldrich 112
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Breakout 2
Saturday
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11:25 am
Aldrich 110
Uncharted Waters: Navigating the Delicate Balancing Act for Businesses and Investors Facing Political Risks in Africa
Tangible, hands-on approaches to managing political risks in the African context
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Uncharted Waters: Navigating the Delicate Balancing Act for Businesses and Investors Facing Political Risks in Africa

With over 50 distinct countries, the African continent presents a kaleidoscope of regulatory environments, political climates, and macroeconomic challenges. From abrupt policy changes to unstable governance – epitomized by the recent wave of coups across West and Central Africa – doing business in Africa requires companies and investors to adapt to shifting sands. This panel delves into the tangible, hands-on approaches to managing political risks in the African context. How do stakeholders assess and prepare for potential political risks in Africa? How can businesses leverage grassroots community relations as a buffer against high-level political volatility? How are insurance models adapting to offer genuine, affordable, and durable protection to businesses and investors? How can dialogue between the public and private sectors remain robust amidst shifting political landscapes?

In a continent that is as rich in opportunities as it is in complexities, managing political risks becomes paramount for business success. This conversation will provide insights on this key topic to discuss the tools and tactics that will pave the way for successful business endeavors, and projects developed on the continent.

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 11:25 AM
Aldrich 110