Claridge's, Brook St, London W1K 4HR, UK

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Event Date Wed Oct 19 BST (in 5 months)
In your timezone (EDT): Tue Oct 18 7:00pm - Tue Oct 18 7:00pm
Location Claridge's
Brook St, London W1K 4HR, UK
Region EMEA

These are turbulent times for the world and Africa’s place within it. Yet the future of African economies and the opportunities available for its young people will depend, in large part, on patterns of investment.

This year’s Summit, live from London for the first time since the start of the pandemic, will focus on those who are investing in the future of Africa. What are the opportunities and what are the obstacles to increasing investment flows? From investors in start-ups to physical and digital infrastructure and from retail and telecoms to vaccine production, the Summit will take a hard look at the investment landscape. It will gather some of the leading figures from Africa and abroad who are shaping the future of the continent through their investment decisions and look at some of the sectors and countries creating the most excitement. Connecting the worlds of business and policy and putting the continent in an international context, this year's summit is the one event you cannot afford to miss.

Discussion topics include:
• Foreign direct investment
From multinationals to private equity firms and from DFIs to technology start-up accelerators, we'll hear from the people directing capital flows to Africa.

• Investment environments
Policymakers, economists and practitioners talk about the factors that shape their investment decisions.

• Mobilising African capital
How local pension funds, development banks, sovereign wealth funds and other pools of African capital can play a bigger role in meeting the continent’s funding needs.

• Investing in Africa’s digital future
How the wiring up of the continent is changing the business landscape.

• Health and education
Which countries are getting it right? Is this a task primarily for the public sector or can private investors play a role in delivering vital services?

• Focus on energy
What does a “just energy transition” look like and what is the energy mix Africa will need to industrialise and to bring power and light to its underserved populations?

• Green and social investments
What is the potential for capturing ESG funds and for propelling African development based on green investments?

• China
The nature of Chinese investments is changing. But why and how?

• Manufacturing
Where is the most successful local production happening and will the African Continental Free Trade Area help local manufacturers?

Why Attend?
• Understand - How African businesses, policymakers and other actors are setting about the task of knitting the continent together, both physically and digitally
• Connect - Join our community of African and global policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs and financiers who are helping to shape the move the continent forward
• Discover - What comes next, including what the continent's economic prospects are. It promises to be an unmissable day of deal-making and debates.