Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of the Ecobank Group, will make its Pan-African Centre a state of the art conference facility at its modern headquarters complex in the Togolese capital, Lome, available as the venue for the first Africa Best Practices Forum this week.
The forum organizers, recruitment agency AfricSearch and Ellipse Communications, expect approximately 200 decision-makers from the public and private sector to take part in the forum.
The forum will be held February 26 and 27, and will focus on improving the business framework in Africa, a statement issued on Wednesday has said.
Specific topics to form part of the agenda will include legal and administrative reform, government modernization, and how best to create an environment favorable to private sector development.
Participants will also draw on best practices from other parts of the world, the bank’s statement added.
Besides Ecobank, other supporting institutions to the forum are the World Bank, and the Lome-based West African Development Bank.
The Ecobank Group is one of Africa’s largest private sector employers.
Since its inception in 1985, it has expanded thereby becoming the bank with the largest geographical footprint in Africa, which is employing some 20,000 people in over 1,200 branches, said the statement.
Forum participants are expected to include West African Development Bank President Christian Adovelande; World Bank Country Manager for Togo Hervé Assah; and Executive Director of the think-tank African Futures Institute, Alioune Sall.
Others are Singapore Business Federation Director Cody Lee; African Guarantee Fund CEO Felix Bikpo; Afreximbank President Jean-Louis Ekra; as well as former Senegalese Finance Minister, Amadou Kane, and Africa Director of Total Supply & Marketing, Momar Nguer.
Other delegates are also expected to come from Morocco, Rwanda and Singapore.