How much has Africa’s image in the foreign press affected business?
Africa's public image has been mystified in the foreign press for ages with images of poverty, hunger and war. As Africans progress with development, how much does the ill-fated public relations affect the progression of economic growth. This summer, the world will be focused on South Africa at it hosts the World Cup. What will be the social and economic impact of this game? How is the international media positioning itself to capture the greatest value out of the 26 billion viewers of the world’s biggest sporting event? With the emerging film industry, Nollywood, the second largest movie industry in the world, does it and other similar African media have the power to create the new brand of Africa? This panel discussion will dissect the pros and cons of the African's public relations and it effects on economic growth.
Moderated by Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Professor of Economics and Neubauer Faculty Fellow, University of Chicago
Mr. Charles Manuel, Consul Economic, South African Consulate
Ms. Yetunde Taiwo, Director, ICY Public Relations
Mrs. Selena Cuffe, President & CEO, Heritage Link Brands
Ms. Lola Kingo, Editor-in-Chief, Mimi Magazine
Promoting a vibrant private sector in Africa - how banks, private equity and foreign investors are fueling business growth?
Africa is viewed by many as an attractive frontier market and private sector investment is expected to play a major role in driving sustainable growth and development. What are the opportunities and challenges for foreign/local banks and the emerging private equity industry in Africa? How has the global economic crises impacted the availability of private capital for business growth and how will these players interface to shape Africa’s private sector? This panel will discuss how private capital is fueling Africa’s growth and contrast the viewpoints of different capital providers.
Moderated by Jacque Ngoie, Assitant Professor, University of Pretoria; Senior Research Associate, University of Chicago
Mr. Rotimi Sekoni, Managing Partner, Cloudleap Partners
Mr. Kunbi Oguneye, CEO, Suburban Telecom, Fmr. Head of Strategy of Oceanic Bank
Mr. Thomas Mims, Managing Director, Emerging Africa