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Lomé, the Togolese capital, welcomes the first edition of the Africa Best Practices Forum on 26th and 27th February 2015. The Pan-African bank, Ecobank, the AfricSearch recruitment agency and the Ellipse communication company join together to organize this first forum exclusively dedicated to the improvement of the framework and the environment of the business in Africa, with the support of the World Bank and of the West African Development Bank (WADB).
Africa Best Practices Forum aims to be at the same time a space of exchanges and a business platform gathering African and international experts in charge of the public and political administration, the managers of the private sector and the social actors to share their experiences regarding reforms that allow stimulating growth and employment. « This forum will be an opportunity of exchanges for the decision-makers of the public and private sectors in Africa. It will allow to go further into a dialogue more than ever necessary for the spreading of the best practice« , asserted Didier Acouetey, founder of the AfricSearch recruitment agency.
About 200 people are expected in Lomé. Among them, Sheik Hadjibou Soumaré, chairman of the WAEMU Commission, Christian Adovelande, chairman of the WADB, Hervé Assah, the World Bank representative in Togo, Alioune Sall, the managing director of the think tank African Futures Institute, Cody Lee, the manager of the Singapore Business Federation, Felix Bikpo, the managing director of African Guarantee Fund, Jean-Louis Ekra, the chairman of Afreximbank, Amadou Kane, former Minister of the Finance of Senegal and Momar Nguer, manager Total Supply & Marketing Africa. Delegations from Morocco, Rwanda and Singapore will be present.
Remediation to the legal and administrative framework, modernization of the administration, creation of an environment favorable to the development of the private sector and the integration of the multilateral instruments … so many topics to be tackled during two days of the forum. A special session will be particularly granted to the innovative reforms. A Round Table will allow analyzing the various models that showed their reliability worldwide. Finally, a session will be dedicated to the new modes of financing: PPP, financial markets, private equity …
« The level of the investments depending on reforms undertaken by the African States, it is urgent to accelerate these reforms in order to favor the socioeconomic changes, with the private sector as the driving force« , concluded Arsène Johnson, promoter of the Forum.
Original text by:Roger ADZAFO