More than 600 investors, political and private-sector leaders as well as economic experts from around the world will gather this week in Libreville, Gabon, for the first-ever New York Forum AFRICA.
Taking place 8-10 June, the event will bring together an unprecedented community of global influencers who share an interest in Africa and are actively contributing to new growth and development across the continent, including more than 300 African entrepreneurs and business leaders, The Forum said in a press statement here Friday.
“A new optimism is flowing through Africa as steady economic growth, more effective leadership, and a rising generation of talent combine to create a host of opportunities,” said New York Forum Founder Richard Attias.
“While the global community is aware of the many challenges that still exist, they have responded to our call to action and representatives from around the world will be joining us in Gabon for The New York Forum Africa. I believe that this event will provide a unique platform for Africa’s entrepreneurs and rising business leaders to tackle problems together and to engage with executives and investors from around the world.”
Noted international guests at the Forum will include Nobel Laureate and Founder of Grameen Bank, Mohammad Yunus; Economist Nouriel Roubini; World Bank Chief Economist Shanta Devarajan; Xiqing Gao, Vice Chariman, China Investment Corporation; Lazard Senior Adviser Lord Mandelson; Women for Women International Co-Founder Zaiban Salbi; Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro; Yang Chonghui, Vice Chairman, China Economic and Social Council, and Olympic Champion Carl Lewis, among others.
Hosted under the high patronage of President Ali Bongo Ondimba in collaboration with the Government of Gabon and in partnership with the Omar Bongo Ondimba Foundation, the event will also feature keynote addresses from top African leaders, as well as over 20 senior ministers and political representatives from the African Union, Benin, China, Ethiopia, Gabon, Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Qatar, Rawanda, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, and the United Nations.
The New York Forum is one of a series of topical conferences produced by Richard Attias and Associates, designed to focus on areas of the global economy that are key to economic growth and social development. The findings of the NYF AFRICA will be presented to the G20 in Los Cabos, Mexico, on 20 June, 2012.
According to the press statement, the New York Forum was conceived out of a conviction that the business world is at a crucial crossroads. It is imperative to send a strong message of optimism about the future of the global economy, work to redefine corporate governance, create long-term value and reinvent business models by bringing together all stakeholders in the economy.
Its focus is on strengthening the connection between economic growth and job growth, the importance of cities as the key engines of dynamism and innovation, the challenges corporate leaders face in a time of volatility and uncertainty, and the distinct opportunities created by growth in emerging economies.
The press statement indicated that on 11 June, The Dialogue for Action Africa, hosted by the Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women, will engage 400 global experts to develop socially and economically sustainable solutions for the women of Africa. Seven First Ladies from African nations will also attend the event.