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  • “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
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  • “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

Useful Information

Where will the New York Forum Africa take place?

The New York Forum Africa will take place at the “Stade de l’Amitié sino-gabonaise” in Libreville, Gabon.

How do I get to Gabon?

Libreville’s Leon M’ba International Airport is Gabon’s main international airport.
Flights to Gabon are available from Paris (Air France). The airport is also connected to a number of African destinations and is served by Royal Air Maroc, Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and South African Airways, just to name a few.

What is the climate in Libreville?

Libreville is generally warm throughout the year. It is near the ocean, so its beaches are populated by tourists and locals all year round. There is occasional rain but May-September is a largely dry season in Gabon. The yearly average temperature is around 26°C (79°F).

How do I find accommodation in Libreville?

We recommend you book your accommodations in Libreville as soon as possible.

Please see below for suggested hotels. (N.B: The organization doesn’t have any negotiated rate);

Hotel Meridien
Contact: Karim Semi Hajaji [email protected]
and [email protected]

Hotel Onomo
Contact: Dina [email protected]

Hotel Park Inn

Contact: Mr. Dembele [email protected]

What is the registration fee?

The New York Forum Africa is an invitation-only event with no registration fee.

What is the working language of the New York Forum Africa?

English, French and Chinese will be the primary languages of the Forum.

How should I register?

You can register directly on our website.

Do I need a visa?

Yes. All visitors require a visa to enter Gabon.
To acquire one you will need an official invitation letter from the Gabonese Authorities.
With this letter, you can receive a visa upon arrival at Libreville’s Leon M’Ba International Airport.
Please, check if you need any support in your country of residence before departure. A list of Gabonese embassies and consulates around the world can be found at:

How do I receive an official letter of invitation?

We will send you an official letter once we receive the following pieces of information:
- A clear scanned copy of your passport
- A copy of your e-ticket
- The personal code you received by email after registering online
Please send this information to : [email protected] and copy: [email protected]

What are the health recommendations for visiting Gabon?

Visa applicants must show proof of vaccination against yellow fever. Vaccination against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Typhoid are strongly recommended.

For more information on health please visit:

Why Gabon?

With an economy predicted to grow by 7% in 2013, Gabon is a snapshot of the dynamism occurring across Africa. Further, the New York Forum Africa believes Gabon’s three-pillared economic plan – consisting of green initiatives, responsible industrial policies, and service industry growth programs – is model of how to sustain growth on the continent.

To learn more, visit :

About Gabon

Where do I find additional information about the New York Forum Africa?

The New York Forum Africa's program is available on our website.

For more information please contact:

[email protected]


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