in conjunction with NYFA 2015
  CSI at NYFA
  • “If you are doing something that you really love, it is not work.”- Barclay Paul Okari
  • “What keeps you going [as an entrepreneur] is the need to see your idea come to fruition.”- Kwame Abrokwa
  • “African youth - there will not be the expected growth without your dreams. You need to create your job. In the DNA of Africans, the entrepreneurship gene is there.”- Karl Miville de Chene
  • “Let’s do everything to make sure youth are key stakeholders and are included.”- Michaëlle Jean
  • “Europe needs to do more in Africa so that African students can return to help their countries of origin.”- José Manuel Barroso
  • “The country cannot develop without you. Each of you has the opportunity to reach and accomplish your dreams. The continent of Africa is the continent of the future.”- H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba
  • “Africa’s strong economic growth (5 percent) is thanks to its youth, which will be the main source of production and innovation in the coming years.”- Lionel Zinsou
  • “Talent does not exist everywhere. The only difference between countries is access. Without having access, nothing will happen.”- Garry Kasparov
  • “African women have arrived.”- Isabel dos Santos
  • “There’s a preconceived idea on Africa which is totally obsolete. Africa is now the future.”- Laurent Fabius
  • “Ambition is a key factor in transformation. The will to transform a country has to be accompanied by action”- Hafid Elalami
  • “All the research shows that investing in women is a good investment”- Cherie Blair
  • “The 21st century is the century of Africa.”- Vincente Fox
  • “This Forum is a perfect example of Gabon's engagement as a future-thinking country, searching for innovative solutions to the challenges facing Africa in its economic growth.”- Alassane Ouattara
  • “Africa is now open to all investors. Its leaders are willing to preserve the continent’s resources and willing to engage in a win-win partnership.”- Macky Sall
  • “Together, we want to encourage young women to venture into new frontiers, and learn that they can achieve anything.”- Sylvia Bongo Ondimba
  • “Technology is spurring innovation, and the so-called "demographic dividend" has brought change.”- Nouriel Roubini
  • “We Africans must do business with each other.”- President F.W. de Klerk
  • “We need to have a competitive economy and proper legal environment to create enterprise, which in turn creates jobs.”- Jean-Louis Billon
  • “We need peace for security but we also need justice and accountability.”- Fatou Bensouda
  • “Given technology in tough environments, people will do more with that technology than its engineers could have ever imagined.”- Jared Cohen
  • “You look at Africa the biggest impediment is our not being able to work together. It’s very simple.”- Kola Karim
  • “If you get the politics and the policies right, the economics usually follow.”- Lord Mandelson
  • “The G.D.P. of african countries has been rising swiftly, but we must take into account issues like access to water supply, education, healthcare, infrastructure and employment.”- Olusegun Obasanjo

5X5

Check out The New York Forum AFRICA 5 minute research presentations developed in partnership with the Institut Amadeus and the Africa Business Club, a student club at the Harvard Business School.

AFRICA’S SECURITY
AND GOVERNANCE IMPERATIVES

Many of the recent reforms are strengthening Africa’s economies. But without security and improved governance, progress will be badly hampered. Are there concrete steps that can be taken to improve the security climate?
• Do real action plans for improved security and governance exist?
• Where can we find the best examples of a new approach?
• How significant are questions about security and governance for foreign investors?

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AGRICULTURE: HOW CAN WE TURN AFRICA’S
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE INTO A GLOBAL FORCE?

Africa needs to both increase its food production for domestic consumption and take advantage of the global opportunities provided by its vast arable territory and superb growing conditions. What are the keys for development of agribusiness?
• Can agriculture be both a force for economic development and an entrée into global markets for Africa?
• Where are the most interesting innovations occurring? What’s needed to ensure food security?

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DECODING AFRICA’S ECONOMIES:
WHAT DIFFERENT BUSINESS MODELS?

How do the economies of Africa’s different regions compare?
Are the macroeconomic fundamentals in place for sustained growth?
• Where do business leaders see the most promising opportunities in the coming years?
• What regulatory barriers remain?
• Are there success stories that can be applied across the continent?

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FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT:
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

Foreign direct investment in Africa has risen in recent years, but some of the fastest growing economies are not getting their share.
• What are the promising areas for FDI?
• What can government do to improve the flows of FDI?
• Do global companies recognize the real opportunities in Africa?

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REGIONAL INTEGRATION:
CAN BETTER INTEGRATION IMPROVE COMPETITIVENESS AND STRENGTHEN ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION?

• What opportunities are there for businesses in the developing regional economic and trade frameworks in Africa?
• Is there effective knowledge-sharing among the different regional groupings?
• What will knit together the efforts of different regional frameworks?

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Youth Is The Future Of Africa

Africa’s future will be determined by a rising generation of entrepreneurial, innovative leaders in both the private and public sectors. What vision do they have for the continent’s future, and what do they ask from the current generation of leaders? Five African graduates of Harvard Business School will be in dialogue with African heads of state and CEOs about their vision, the role of the diaspora, and what needs to change.

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