Rabat – For the sixth consecutive year, the Africa CEO Forum will reward the economic performance of leaders, companies, and investors in Africa from March 26-27, in Abidjan.
With 1,200 participants from the worlds of business, investments, and politics from more than 60 countries, the Africa CEO Forum aims to create a roadmap for the African private sector over the next decade.
This edition will witness the launching of the Most Promising Company of the Year award, which honors the continent’s most promising startup. Five young companies will compete for this award by presenting their projects to a jury comprised of specialist investors IFC, TLCom and Omidyar.
The five competing startups are Morocco’s Omniup, which offers free WIFI once the user views an advertisement; Senegal InTouch, which has developed a mobile money platform; Kenya’s Twiga Foods, which connects farmers and vendors for the sale of fresh produce; Kenya’s Africa’s Talking Ltd., which offers communication services such as SMS and voice APIs; and Nigeria’s Thrive Agric, which offers technological solutions to improve agricultural yields.
This event will also introduce CSR Strategy of the Year Award, in partnership with Bureau Véritas, which rewards one company that has implemented an impactful social and environmental responsibility policy in Africa.
This event recognises the economic actors that have contributed most to Africa’s growth over the past year by offering seven awards in the categories of CEO of the Year, Young CEO of the Year, African Company of the Year, Private Equity Investor of the Year, International Company of the Year, CSR Strategy of the Year, and Most Promising Company of the Year.
The Africa CEO Forum is co-hosted by the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. The forum is organised by the Jeune Afrique Media Group, publisher of Jeune Afrique and the Africa Report and the Swiss Rainbow unlimited, which specializes in event organization and economic promotion.
The 2017 edition of the forum, held in Geneva, and welcomed around 1,200 business leaders from Africa and the world, under the theme “Rethinking Africa Business Model.”