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3rd Annual Leadership Symposium – A business plan for Africa – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
6th November 2013 @ 8:00 am - 8th November 2013 @ 5:00 pm
Event Context : Mo Ibrahim Governance Week
After a successful and memorable gathering in Dakar in 2012, The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, African Media Leaders Forum, Femmes Africa Solidarite & Africa 2.0 Foundation launched a yearly global gathering called “The Governance Week”.
The Theme Driven by Africa 2.0 this year is “ A Business Plan for Africa”. Event Rationale
- To hypothesize Africa as a business and create a business plan for the running of Africa inc.
- To set goals ,targets, time frame, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and plan initiatives inline with the continents Strengths – Weaknesses – Opportunities – Threats (SWOT Analysis).
- To ponder Africa as a Big Conglomerate and break it down per region, business segments and product lines.
- To Present an intermediary report (A business plan for Africa) to African leaders at a side event during the African union summit (January 2014) in partnership with the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation.
- To formulate a Final report that will be presented during the Official closing ceremony of the African Union 50th Anniversary in May 2014.
Workshops Thematic & Topics
Why does Africa need a Business Plan ?
- For a new pragmatic African consciousness and African Renaissance.
- To Design & Execute an Action Plan & Social Contract towards a prosperous and inspiring Africa by mobilizing the private sector, Government and Civil Society. Africa Inc : Assessing and upgrading our unique differentiators.
- Counting our blessings is nice, but how do we transform them into efficient competitive advantage?
- From the Rise of African Consumer to the “Rise of African Producer”, Paving the way for industrialization driven by local, regional & global Champions. Market analysis & Competitive landscape.
- Where should Africa fit in the global economy over the next decade?
- Considering the global context, shouldn’t Africans be our primary customers?
- What strategies should corporates and nations adopt, how should they execute them?
- Strategic Alliances & Partnerships: BRICS, OECD, Intra-African Trade? All of the above? What’s the right mix? Mergers, Acquisitions? Joint Ventures? Human Resource Management: Recruiting & Nurturing the necessary Talents for Africa Inc.
- Continental Leadership & Executive Management Teams locally for a Performance & Accountability driven culture.
- Nurturing, attracting and keeping the best talents to deliver the best performance for all subsidiaries .
Branding and Marketing Strategy for Africa Inc. (our people, our products, our story):
- “Made In Africa ”, Unique Branding for unique products (The right marketing mix, Price, Positioning, Packaging, Promotion). Case study on a list of strategic product categories.
- The Role of the Media (Session in partnership with African Media Leaders Forum).
- Living our Brand and Values: The Role of African population, from Afro-pessimism to Afri- CAN-DO Attitude… Financial Forecasts and Fund raising Plan for Africa Inc.
Source of funds
- Maximizing our Cash Flow Forecasts = [Internally Generated Cash (exports) – (imports)+ (tax collected)) + Investments = Foreign Direct Investments + Local (incl. intra-African) Investments).
- The Role of Banks and other Financial Institutions : pumping the growth.
- Leveraging on Local & International Capital Markets without falling into over-indebtedness. Use of funds
- Sectors/industries Prioritisation Matrix : How to start with limited capital. Key Success factors
- Committed Leadership (Government + local and international Business) .
- Governance & Accountability.
- Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Infrastructure (The 25 Infra projects that can transform Africa). The rise of a Knowledge Based Society.
- Systematic Adoption & Leveraging on Technology to leapfrog.
- Peace, Security, Youth employment, Women Empowerment.
- Pan-Africanism & African-do attitude.