Kenyatta, Ouattara for Africa CEO Forum



Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire are to exchange views during the Africa CEO Forum holding in Côte d’Ivoire between March 21 and March 22, this year

PRESIDENT Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire and Uhuru Kenyatta, president of the Republic of Kenya, are to participate in the fourth edition of the Africa CEO Forum, foremost international event dedicated to the development of the African private sector, on March 21 to 22, 2016, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The two African leaders are to exchange views on the continent’s economy at the Forum which will host more than 800 participants from across the continent and the entire world. The Africa CEO Forum is the foremost international meeting for African leaders and brings together the continent’s top CEOs, bankers, investors and public decision-makers each year.

The upcoming edition marks the first official trip of Kenyatta to Côte d’Ivoire. President Ouattara is expected to exchange views with Kenyatta and discuss different approaches to accelerating structural reforms and improving the business climate, in order to foster a strong African private sector capable of providing a rich source of growth and jobs.


Having achieved the status of middle-income country last year, Kenya has consolidated its position as East Africa’s economic powerhouse with a GDP of $60 billion and a growth forecast of 6.6 percent for 2016. Côte d’Ivoire, with economic growth at almost 10 percent per year since 2012, investment now accounting for more than 20 percent of GDP and exports constantly on the rise since 2009, is the driving force behind regional integration in the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.

At a time when the continent faces an uncertain economic environment, the participation of the highest representatives of the most dynamic economies of East and West Africa is a true testament to the success of the Africa CEO Forum and its objective of fostering the development of the African private sector by promoting dialogue and regional integration between all of the continent’s economic zones, primarily by strengthening ties between French — and English-speaking regions.

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— Jan 19, 2016 @ 17:20 GMT


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