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Investment Climate: The Journey so Far

28 May 2015

Daniel Duncan, Ivory Coast Prime Minister (L) and Benjamin Mkapa, former President of Tanzania and ICF Co-Chair ICF Co-Chair (R) talk to participants of the ICF-AfDB investment climate event.

On 28th May 2015, ICF and the African Development Bank held a joint event to promote investment climate reforms in Africa. The event, titled “Investment Climate: The Journey so Far”, was held as part of the African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings which took place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from 25th to 29th May 2015.

The event explored the progress that has been made so far in improving the investment climate in Africa and called for countries to make greater changes and to do it faster.

The event started of with the launch of ICF’s 2014 Annual Report by the ICF CEO, William Asiko.

This was then followed by a panel discussion titled “Engagement with Public Sector, Development Partners and Captains of Industry”. Panellists included Baroness Lynda Chalker, former UK Minister of Overseas Development, current ICF Trustee and Chairperson of Africa Matters; Ebenezer Essoka, Standard Chartered Bank’s Vice Chair of Africa; Naglaa Al-Ahwany, Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation; Jean-Louis Ekra, Afrexim Bank CEO; Thomas Duve, KfW’s Director of Regional Funds; Mahamadou Sylla, IPS CEO; and Abdourahmane Cisse, Ivory Coast’s Minister of Budget.

The discussions acknowledged the progress that many African countries have made in improving their investment climate in an effort to boost their economies. However, the private sector highlighted the urgent need to improve the legal systems of many African countries and especially mechanisms for resolving commercial disputes. They also mentioned the need to build the capacities of small and medium enterprises to enable them to succeed.

Lastly, the event concluded with “Conversation with Leaders” where participants interacted with Benjamin Mkapa, former President of Tanzania and ICF Co-Chair, and Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, on ways to improve the investment climate in Africa. President Mkapa called on African countries to make faster progress on reforming the environment that businesses operate in. 

To help countries achieve this, ICF and AfDB are enhancing their cooperation to build on the achievements that have been gained in investment climate interventions across Africa to date. This collaboration includes joint investment climate projects, analytical work, and promotion of the investment climate in Africa.   

About 300 participants attended the event.   

For more information about the event, click here

See the event’s images below. 

Panellists at the ICF event during the AfDB Annual Meetings.

William Asiko, ICF CEO launches the 2014 ICF Annual Report.

Hubert Hourizene,  ICF Project Implementation Director  explains ICF to visitors at the ICF booth.

A visitor explores the ICF Touch Me screen at the AfDB Annual Meeting.

Participants listening attentively during the ICF side event. 

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28 May 2015

On 28th May 2015, ICF and the African Development Bank held a joint event to promote investment climate reforms in Africa. The event, titled “Investment Climate: The Journey so Far”, was held as part of the African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings which took place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from 25th to 29th May 2015. Read More »
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