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


Le New York Forum Africa 2013 se déroulera du 14 au 16 Juin 2013

Libreville, le 4 février 2013 – Fort du succès de la 1ére édition, le New York Forum Africa, qui réunit des dirigeants d’entreprises, des responsables politiques, des diplomates ainsi que des intellectuels et des journalistes pour débattre des opportunités d’affaires entre le Nord et le Sud, se tiendra de nouveau dans la capitale gabonaise, Libreville, du 14 au 16 juin 2013.

Si les objectifs du premier New York Forum Africa ont porté sur la reconnaissance des progrès économiques de l’Afrique ainsi que l’examen des opportunités pour les entreprises et les investisseurs, le rendez-vous de 2013 aura pour grande tâche d’explorer les étapes à suivre dans la mise en place d’un plan d’action concret, pertinent et évolutif en vue d’attirer, retenir et accroître les investissements.

Les chefs d’entreprises ainsi que les dirigeants politiques participeront à d’intenses séances de travail afin d’élaborer une feuille de route, à l’attention des entreprises individuelles et des responsables politiques nationaux, pour servir de guide et inciter à l’action.

A l’initiative de Richard Attias et du Président Ali Bongo Ondimba, le New York Forum Africa se veut être le plus grand rassemblement annuel de toutes les générations de décideurs et d’experts appelés à collaborer à l’émergence d’une Afrique gagnante, innovante, prospère, autonome, stable, qui jouerait un rôle de premier plan dans le nouvel ordre économique mondial.

Le Gabon, pays hôte, est une destination de choix étant donné l’ambition de ses plans nationaux, de son approche novatrice en matière de développement durable et de son engagement pour la création d'infrastructures de niveau mondial.

For more information about New York Forum AFRICA
USA Contact: Josh Harris, Richard Attias & Associates
[email protected]
EMEA Contact: Romain Grandjean [email protected]

About The New York Forum
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Our focus is on strengthening the connection between economic growth and job growth, the importance of cities as the key engines of dynamism and innovation, the challenges corporate leaders face in a time of volatility and uncertainty, and the distinct opportunities created by growth in emerging economies.

About Richard Attias & Associates
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Using our strategic and operational expertise, we craft unforgettable experiences: interactive platforms, living laboratories of human capital, and historic cultural exchanges that help foster positive change for the global community.

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