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