7th Nov 2018 | Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
The 5th ALN Africa Investment Conference took place on 7-8 November 2018 at the Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, attracting a strong turnout of over 400 high-level business men and women, dignitaries and government officials. The ALN Investment Conference has been held annually with the aim of spurring investment into Africa, connecting investors to players on the ground, promoting both Africa as a whole and its individual nations, and to provide a space for dialogue on the impact of policy on the continent’s development.
This year, the conference had the honour of hosting H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan Minister for Tolerance from the United Arab Emirates and Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra who is the former Prime Minister of Mali, former Chairman of Microsoft Africa, Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO and current Chairman of ALN. In addition, the event had a superb line up of leaders from both public and private sectors.
With political change affecting key African markets over the last 12 months, panel sessions looked at the social, economic and political challenges and rewards of opening up Africa for business, including strategies for economic diversification. Panelists also highlighted practical ways of doing business in Africa, with some lively sessions around the challenges and opportunities of accelerated urbanisation and the role of smart cities in tackling the pressing issues in city centres.
Regional spotlight discussions shed light on the challenges and opportunities facing the continent, particularly against a backdrop of positive government reforms, whilst placing an emphasis on empowering youth in order to catalyse greater innovation and entrepreneurship. The event further looked at the future of Africa, and how disruptive technological solutions are evolving investment opportunities across the continent.
The debate between utilising fossil fuels or renewable energy also took centre stage later in the morning as panelists examined the complexities of achieving the right energy mix. From tackling social and community issues caused by energy infrastructure, to the impact of climate change and droughts on the continent, to delivering low cost electricity to the population – the industry leaders considered how Africa can drive industrialisation while also reducing their overall carbon footprint.
Delegates at the conference were treated to an exclusive concert by multi-award winning Kenyan afro pop group Sauti Sol who delivered an unforgettable performance. Among the special guests was the Kenyatta International Convention Centre who highlighted Kenya as an ideal destination for business events, especially incentive travel.
For more details and RSVP enquiries on the ALN Africa Investment Conference, visit the conference website here