The final day was marked by a chorus of leading voices from the private sector. Notably, business and media leaders such as Jeff Wong, EY global chief innovation officer; Niraj Varia, CEO of iProcure Ventures; Lakeshia Ford, founder of Ford Communications; Claudia Kwarteng-Lumor, founder of Kollage Media, producer of GLITZ AFRICA magazine and Somachi Chris-Asoluka, CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). These luminaries were complemented by esteemed figures from government and international organizations, including President Masisi, HE Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Adebayo Olawale Edun, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy of Nigeria, Joy Basu, deputy assistant. Secretary of the Bureau of African Affairs of the US Department of State.
Also speaking were NBA stars Bismack Biyombo and Gorgui Dieng from the sports world as well as Senegalese singer Baaba Maal.
Assistant Secretary-General Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the coordinating entity of the GABI, highlighted the critical importance of unlocking Africa’s green potential. Ojiambo’s message highlights the urgent need for businesses to accelerate and amplify their efforts to achieve “just, inclusive and sustainable growth.”
Deputy Secretary-General Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, invited businesses to participate in the ITC SheTrades network. This flagship program for women’s economic empowerment has already made a substantial impact, providing vital support to more than 200,000 women entrepreneurs since its inception in 2015. ITC’s SheTrades initiative plays a central role in maximizing unlimited opportunities presented by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
With over a thousand participants, GABI’s influence is growing across Africa, paving the way for a future defined by opportunity and sustainable development.
With over a thousand participants, GABI’s influence is growing across Africa, paving the way for a future defined by opportunity and sustainable development. The dynamic exchange of ideas, engaging and thought-provoking discussions and connections forged during the event solidify its position as a premier meeting place for those invested in the growth and economic future of Africa.
UNDP’s Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa, announced the Timbuktu Initiative, an ambitious movement dedicated to harnessing the rich heritage of innovation and knowledge of the Africa. Ms. Eziakonwa said: “Inspired by the historic heart of civilization, ‘Timbuktu’ is our commitment to bridging the gap between Africa’s burgeoning talents and the global opportunities that await them. We envision breaking down the barriers that have historically limited Africa’s vast potential, creating a future where the continent’s talents combine seamlessly with global prosperity. »
The event concluded with inspiring remarks from UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, emphasizing the importance of collective action to realize Africa’s potential and achieve sustainable development. She called for unity and support from the global community and the private sector. She concluded by emphasizing that this is only the beginning of a new chapter in Africa’s history, marked by sustainable economic growth, empowerment and the realization of the continent’s full potential.
Information, multimedia and press materials on the Global Africa Business Initiative, including the “Unstoppable Africa 2023” programme, video quotes from speakers, photos and video clips from the event, please visit the GABI website (https://apo-opa.info/3EQ2mvo).
Broadcasters: click here (https://apo-opa.info/3Rxq72S) for B-Roll sequences.