The Africa Best Practices Forum which is also intended as an exchange and a business platform will bring together African and international experts, public and political officials, private sector executives and stakeholders to Lome, Togo to share their experiences with reforms that stimulate growth and employment in the sub-region.
The forum is organized by the Pan-African bank Ecobank, recruitment agency AfricSearch and company Ellipse Communication which are working together with support from the World Bank and the West African Development Bank (BOAD), which is dedicated exclusively to improving the business framework and environment in Africa.
"This forum will be an arena for discussions among public and private sector decision-makers in Africa. It will deepen a dialogue on the dissemination of best practices, one that is more important now than ever before," asserts Didier Acouetey, founder of the recruitment agency AfricSearch.
Two hundred (200) persons are expected in Lomé, Togo. They include Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré, President of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Commission, Christian Adovelande, President of BOAD, Hervé Assah, World Bank representative for Togo, Alioune Sall, Executive Director of the think tank African Futures Institute, Cody Lee, Director of the Singapore Business Federation, Felix Bikpo, Chief Executive Officer of African Guarantee Fund, Jean-Louis Ekra, President of Afreximbank, Amadou Kane, former Finance Minister of Senegal, and Momar Nguer, Africa Director of Total Supply & Marketing.
Delegations from Morocco, Rwanda and Singapore will attend.
The subjects addressed during the two-day forum will include legal and administrative reform, government modernization, and creation of an environment favorable to private sector development and integration of multilateral instruments.
A special session will be devoted to innovative reforms. Various tried and tested models from around the world will be analyzed in a round table. Finally, a session will be dedicated to new financing methods such as PPP, financial markets and private equity.
"Because the level of investment depends on reforms undertaken by African states, there is an urgent need to accelerate these reforms to promote social and economic change, with the private sector acting as a lever," concludes Arsène Johnson, the forum sponsor. The forum will begin on the 26 to 27 of February, 2015.