HE Paul Kagamé, President of Rwanda and President of Smart Africa, and Tony Elumelu, founder of the $ 100 million entrepreneurship program, will be the main speakers of the Young Entrepreneurs Day (YED) at the Africa Forum 2017.
Organized for the first time, this day will take place the day before the Africa Forum 2017, on December 7th. Some of Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs will be able to meet investors, as well as incubators and business accelerators. They will also participate in workshops that will allow them to acquire skills and tools to develop their business.
Kagame and Elumelu have invested a lot in boosting entrepreneurship. They will share the point of view of the state and the public sector, and discuss on an open platform with some of the new leaders in Africa.
Among the members of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Day Advisory Committee are Issam Chleuh and Rebecca Enonchong, two of the leading players in impact investing and technology space in Africa, as well as Parminder Vir, CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation . Ben White, from VC4Africa, and Wale Ayeni from I FC Ventures, the venture capital division of the World Bank’s private sector division, will be among the other speakers at the Young Entrepreneurs Day.
On this day, the Minister of Investments and International Cooperation, Dr Sahar Nasr, whose ministry is organizing the 2017 Africa Forum alongside the COMESA Regional Investment Agency, highlighted the fact that the creation of a A business-friendly environment was at the heart of his government’s policies. ” Egypt is at the forefront of reforms in favor of entrepreneurship. With a dynamic population of 90 million, half of whom are less than 30 years old and technology savvy, Egypt can boast of being one of the fastest growing business hubs in the world. ” , she said.
Africa 2017 is one of the biggest events in Africa this year bringing together business leaders and politicians. Several heads of state confirmed their presence, as well as 30 African investment promotion organizations and government delegations. In addition to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Ivorian President Alassane Outtara, Comoros President Azali Assoumani and Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario will participate. Some of the biggest names in the business community will also visit Africa 2017, with the goal of accelerating cross-border investments and partnerships.
On the other hand, the forum will allow Egypt to publicize large-scale projects in progress and the associated opportunities in the agribusiness, logistics, minerals, mining and forestry sectors. energy infrastructure, real estate and tourism.