Break-out Panel Discussion

Finance Panel:
Financing African Businesses –
Successes, Challenges and The Way Forward


Grand Ballroom 22 April 2017 10:45 - 11:45

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Jarred Glansbeek
Yvonne Ike
Harold Leenen
Nicolas Pitiot
Charles Robertson

Panel Theme:
Financing African Businesses: Successes, Challenges and The Way Forward

Panel Description:
Africa is unique. A continent combining 54 countries, all emerging markets with unique demographics, economic and political dynamics. Similarly, its businesses face constant challenges, meaning financing solutions often need to be adapted to local conditions. In context of radical global political changes, a decline in commodity prices and where the “Africa rising story” is increasingly being questioned, it is important to take a step back to appraise the successes and assess the challenges associated with financing African businesses as part of the discussion on how to forge ahead.

The objective of this panel is to give pragmatic insights into the how players along the financing value chain view risk and can support African businesses, large and small, in playing their role as economic agents that create sustainable long term value. We have a panel of professionals with significant and diverse experience in financial services to lead this discussion.

Guiding Questions:

  1. Where are we coming from, where are we and where are we going in terms of funding African businesses?
  2. How will entrepreneurs get better access to financing? Do African businesses require unique financing solutions? If so, how?
  3. What are your most notable and most challenging experiences dealing with African businesses?
  4. What factors prevent financial markets and businesses in Africa from optimizing their potential and what recommendations do you have on the way forward?

Panels Overview:

Technology Panel:
Africa and the next wave of digitization

Finance Panel:
Financing African Businesses –
Successes, Challenges and The Way Forward

Energy & Infrastructure Panel:
Resource-full but not yet power-full

Creative Industry Panel:
Maximising Africa’s creative economy

Innovation Panel:
Changing the game: Sustainable solutions fuelling the next phase of Africa’s economic development

Entrepreneurship Panel:
“Made in Africa” Entrepreneurs:
Why, When and How to Build and Invest in an African Start-up?

African Opportunities Panel:
Navigating African career and entrepreneurial opportunities