The Financial Times broke new ground last October in a relationship with Africa that stretches back to the paper’s opening issue more than 125 years ago. For the first time, it hosted a conference with an African-led agenda, backed by a special report, providing a platform for debate and discussion with investment partners, old and new.
The continent’s economic growth is the second fastest in the world, underpinned by a virtuous cycle of improved governance, Chinese-led investments in infrastructure, high commodities prices, and the growth of a nascent, even if fragile, middle class. Yet, risks abound, from rising inequality to the potential of setbacks in governance.
The inaugural FT Africa Summit gathered a sell-out delegation of 300 senior attendees and an expert speaker panel of finance ministers, investors and businesses leaders from around the region.
- R S Dabengwa, Group President & CEO - MTN Group
- Ivan Glasenberg, Chief Executive Officer - Glencore
- Vimai Shah, Group CEO - Bidco
- Tidjane Thiam, Group Chief Executive - Prudential