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


Report on the second day

LIBREVILLE, Sunday, 10 June 2012

The second day of the first New York Forum AFRICA which is being held in Libreville, capital the Gabonese capital, was the opportunity for the issues of economic investment and development opportunities to be tackled by the entire continent.

At the initiative of Richard Attias & Associates, under the aegis of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, and in partnership with the government of Gabon, more than 600 international opinion leaders from business, economics, and politics have been meeting since Friday 8 June to attend the first New York Forum AFRICA which ends this evening.
The innovative idea that underpins New York Forum AFRICA is to bring together international investors and business leaders on the continent, some for the very first time, in order to foster crucial connections for potential partnerships, with very concrete applications.

“Is there such a thing as an African economic model?”

This second day opened with a fundamental question: is there such a thing as an African economic model? “Everyone seeks to construct a model. We’d like green growth and we’d like inclusive growth. That means growth that protects our environment and that similarly affects all layers of society”, declared Gabon’s Minister of the Economy, Luc Oyoubi, during the discussions.

Africa, continent of the future: “In 20 years’ time, Africa will be where Asia is today”.

Lord Mandelson, former cabinet minister and European commissioner thus set out his vision of Africa in 2030 in a special address:
“In 20 to 30 years’ time, I can see Africa being a direct competitor to China, and Africa becoming the equivalent of where Asia stands today in the new world order. The advent of this continent could be one of the great historical events of the 21st century. (…) With production costs lower than those of China or other Asian countries, Africa should become the new international workshop.”

The invited guests from more than 50 countries have shared their ideas and suggestions during themed workshops focusing on the key areas of Africa’s economic development.

The Debates and Taskforces covered regional integration, natural resources, finance (and access to funding for the private sector), tourism, leadership (how to foster the return of African elites), technology, and relations between the United States and Africa.

The American actor Robert de Niro, on his first visit to Gabon, also conveyed a real message of hope for the continent to the delegates of New York Forum AFRICA. Mentioning the film industry within the African continent and its future investment, the American actor called for a more stable business climate.

First partnership announcements

“The New York Forum AFRICA is a unique opportunity for negotiating partnerships and agreements in some unexpected areas: social housing, water, or even the media. If all of these projects are conducted, they will and should create jobs”, noted Richard Attias, the event’s founding chairman.

Gabon’s Energy Minister, Régis Immongault, notably set out the development project of Gabonese mining potential before an audience of some 50 investors. “We’ve already begun developing the mining sector, in particular with our long-standing partner, Comilog, a subsidiary of the French group Eramet, on the construction of the Metallurgical Complex in Moanda with an investment of 270 million USD”, he observed. “We have the potential, with 900 mineral showings carried out, and we need your assistance to maximise this potential”, addressing the business leaders who were in attendance.

With the participation of Lee White, Executive Secretary of the National Agency for National Parks (ANPN), a round table also brought together leaders from the tourism sector. “Gabon has an opportunity to become a world leader in the tourism sector”, remarked Jerry Inzerillo, chief executive officer of IMG Artist and former boss of Kezner Entertainment, one of the world leaders in seaside resorts.

For further information on New York Forum AFRICA
Please consult:

Contact in the USA:
Josh Harris, Richard Attias & Associés
[email protected]


Contact in AMEA:
Romain Grandjean
[email protected]

About New York Forum
The New York Forum® was established with the conviction that business has arrived at a crossroads. It is crucial to send a strong optimistic message about the world economy’s future, to work towards redefining corporate governance, to create long-term value, and to re-invent business models through uniting all economic stakeholders. Our goal focuses on consolidating the link between economic growth and job creation, on the importance of cities as key drivers of dynamism and innovation, on the challenges that are business leaders have to meet within a climate of volatility and uncertainty, and on the special opportunities created by the growth of emerging economies.

About Richard Attias & Associates
Richard Attias & Associates is a strategic communications firm that provides private consultancy, idea initiatives, and live experiences. Our mission is to help leaders, corporations, and nations build their global influence, catalyse innovation, and lead the global exchange of ideas. Thanks to our strategic and operational expertise, we mould unforgettable experiences: interactive platforms, living laboratories of human capital, and cultural and historic exchanges that contribute to fostering a positive change for the international community.

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