The Africa CEO Forum, will on March 10 and 11, this year hold the maiden edition of its African Financial Industry Summit (AFIS), in partnership with the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group.
Speakers already confirmed for the conference, which the organizers say provides “an opportunity to reflect on what the financial services sector of tomorrow will look like on the continent, include Herbert Wigwe, Chief Executive and Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc; Ade Ayeyemi, CEO of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, and Bola Adesola, Senior Vice Chairman, Africa, Standard Chartered Bank.
Other confirmed speakers for the conference include Andrew Alli, Partner and Group CEO, SouthBridge Group; Razia Khan, Head, Research, Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank; and Wale Ayeni, Acting Global Head, Disruptive Technologies and Venture Capital Investments, IFC. Also on the list of confirmed speakers are Ngozi Chidozie, Advisory Financial Services Partner, KPMG; Eleni Giokos, Business Correspondent, CNN; Elizabeth Howard, Acting CEO, African Crowdfunding Association.
According to the organizers, “after being profoundly reshaped in recent years by forces such as the explosion of fintech and mobile money, and intense regulatory pressure at the international level, the financial services sector is now having to contend with the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic and needs to rethink its role.”
Topics for discussion during the panels, keynote addresses and roundtables, the statement added, will centre around “reinventing post-Covid African finance; recovery of African economies; international financial regulations; challenges of the insurance sector; African payment industry; future of African currencies; and the fintech boom. Others are Green finance in Africa; access to capital markets; Africa’s non-performing loans; African finance in the world; and frontier market.
The conference will also take participants through how to “understand new consumer needs and revolutionise talent management, as well as the impact of the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
The two-day event is also aimed at helping the industry return to sustainable growth, boost competitiveness, embrace innovation and contribute to the continent’s economic recovery.