, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 25 – President Uhuru Kenyatta is among leaders expected to participate in the fourth edition of the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire between 21 and 22 March.
President Kenyatta is expected to exchange views on the continent’s economy with the host President Alassane Ouattara during the forum which will host more than 800 participants.
The Africa CEO Forum is the foremost international meeting for African leaders and brings together the continent’s top chief executives, bankers, investors and public decision-makers each year.
“At a time when the continent faces an uncertain economic environment, the participation of the highest representatives of the most dynamic economies of East and West Africa is a true testament to the success of the Africa CEO Forum and its objective of fostering the development of the African private sector by promoting dialogue and regional integration between all of the continent’s economic zones, primarily by strengthening ties between French- and English-speaking regions,” reads a statement from Africa CEO Forum.
Having achieved the status of middle-income country last year, Kenya has consolidated its position as East Africa’s economic powerhouse with a GDP of $60 billion and a growth forecast of 6.6percent for 2016.
Côte d’Ivoire, with economic growth at almost 10percent per year since 2012, investment now accounting for more than 20percent of GDP and exports constantly on the rise since 2009, is the driving force behind regional integration in the Economic Community of West African States.