ABOUT THE FORUM
The business and political leaders that will gather in Libreville at the end of August 2015 will engage in intense, collaborative sessions to draw up a road map – for individual businesses as well as national policy-makers – as a spur to action. The New York Forum AFRICA 2015 will build on previous years’ discussions to focus on the concrete measures that will be needed to drive Africa’s transformation in its next stage of development. You can read the policy recommendations from 2014 here.
The New York Forum AFRICA is the only pan-African business summit to be held in Africa in 2015.
Gabon is also the host nation for the 14th AGOA Forum (to be held at the same time as the NYFA in Libreville) - the first time the Forum will be held in Central Africa. AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) was signed into law by President Clinton to expand and deepen trade and investment relations between Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States, and to encourage economic growth and development. Having the two events together will increase the scope of the NYFA’s discussions, giving participants access to an unprecedented level of US public sector officials and CEOs.
MARKETPLACE AND INNOVATION VILLAGE
The Marketplace, traditionally the gathering point of the NYFA where meetings are booked with participants and exhibitors from the private and public sector, will be extended in 2015 to feature a Village of Innovation, building on the success of our inaugural Money Talks session at NYFA 2014, where one inventor secured investment live on stage. A carefully curated selection of African start-ups, each with an invention that has the power to bring about significant change, will be invited to showcase their work to participants in the Marketplace. And in another first, we will announce the winners of the African Start-up of the Year awards.