in conjunction with NYFA 2015
  • “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


Fathallah Sijilmassi

"Je suis revenu enrichi (peut être même changé) de tout ce que j'ai vu et entendu."

Dominique FLAUX
Director, Ecofin Agency

"Merci pour votre accueil et pour ce superbe forum"

Christian Mion
Mining and Metals Advisory Leader, EMEIA, EY

"Merci pour tout , merci pour l'efficacité, c'était super."

Blaise Mistler
Directeur des relations institutionnelles, Sacem

"Ce petit message pour vous féliciter pour le magnifique succès de ce NYFA servi par une organisation impeccable !"

Jean-Christophe Belliard
Directeur d’Afrique
Quai d’orsay

"Chapeau pour ce que vous faites (New York forum in Africa) et surtout chapeau pour l’état d’esprit avec lequel vous le faites."

Stéphane Brabant
Associé du cabinet Herbert Smith Freehills

"J'ai été impressionné non seulement par l'organisation mais aussi et surtout pour le choix des participants aux tables rondes dont les interventions nous ont permis de mieux comprendre et aborder l'Afrique non uniquement de demain mais bien déjà d’aujourd'hui."

Marie-Noëlle Koyara
Minister of Rural Development and Agriculture
Central African Republic

"Veuillez recevoir toutes mes félicitations pour la grande et riche mobilisation. J'ai beaucoup apprécié l’esprit d'équipe que le groupe a développé."

Carlos Lopes
Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa
Guinea Bissau

“I would like to commend your team for the organization, planning and overall management of the event, which attracted entrepreneurs, politicians and economists from Africa and from all over the world. This event, I hope will keep on highlighting Africa’s continuous development, creativity and potential.”

Mamadou Ly
Founder and Chairman, Lybrosis Capital Group

“I have attended many world class forums held abroad in the major financial centres such as New York, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Paris, Singapore and else, but I must confess that I have been so greatly impressed by the mastery of the delivery stance and the unique approaches made towards inclusiveness and access to the sessions and discussions during NYFA.”

Magatte Diop
President and Founder, Peacock Investments

"Not only the NYFA was so well organized but also it is such a fantastic and useful platform for Africa to present its huge potential for investments to the World."

Miguel Melo Azevedo
Managing Director, Citigroup
Head of Investment Banking Africa

“NYFA is clearly becoming a reference event for business in Africa and I was honoured to be there.“

Auma Obama,
Writer and Activist,

"The New York Forum was quite an experience and I take away a lot that will hopefully serve my work well in the future."

Jon Foster-Pedley
Dean and director, Henley Business School, Africa
South Africa

"I would like to thank you for the opportunity to both see and engage with like-minded people who have a commitment to create a new model of Africa. This model, or emerging reality, of Africa is both for our children, for the millions of Africans with talent and capability and for the world."


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