The Africa investor (Ai) CEO Institutional Investment Summit held in partnership with NASDAQ in September, New York, has once again set the scene for high-profile African business leaders, US and global institutional investors to unpack Africa’s current global geopolitical environment and ways in which Africa’s asset owners and capital markets can be pervasive platforms to convert the continent’s economic opportunity. Other notable topics which were discussed included infrastructure co-investments, initiatives to improve access to data and support for the emerging investment management industry. Here, we bring you highlights from the Summit.
Themed ‘African Regional Growth and the Role of Long –Term Capital’, the Summit centered on Africa’s positioning in the current global geopolitical environment, the impact of growing protectionism on Africa’s growth prospects and the increased importance placed on investing in sustainable regional economic integration for growth.
The Summit was chaired by Africa Investor’s CEO, Hubert Danso who started by welcoming all the panellists, speakers and distinguished guests.
In his welcome speech, Danso said the goal of the Summit is to build a dialog that will see leaders discussing practical initiatives and opportunities to mobilise institutional assets to allocate infrastructure as an investible investment class.
The Summit drew over 100 African Pension and Sovereign Fund leaders, international institutional investors, members of the PIDA Continental Business Network (CBN), infrastructure investment leaders, G7 and G20 public sector officials and policy makers These business leaders were joined along by high-level panellists including Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa, Amadou Hott, Vice President AfDB, Admassu Tafesse, President and CEO TDB, Hon. Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Government of South Africa and H.E Dr Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission.