Hogan Lovells asks "Is Africa fit for the future?" at third annual Africa Forum

Following a successful event in London, global law firm Hogan Lovells holds its third annual Africa Forum Johannesburg to explore African growth potential and how Africa can remain Fit for the Future.

Attendees will be encouraged to explore, debate, and investigate solutions that in the long term will have a positive impact in shaping a sustainable and successful future for the continent. Moreover, delegates will share and discuss current business challenges they are presented with, in addition to presenting their future outlook for those doing business in Africa. 

Hogan Lovells is widely recognised for collaborating with and facilitating business, leading thought-provoking discussions, and leveraging its exceptional pan-African and global networks. This event brings all of those qualities together.

While a number of countries deem themselves ready for business, a number of questions and topics must be explored to ensure best practice and continued investment in the region. This Forum in South Africa will address a number of pertinent industry topics, such as the challenges around financing, opportunities to boost Africa’s M&A market and hearing from leading business owners on their strategies to get fit for the future. 

Across the continent there has been a decrease in M&A in the mining sector, this has been evident for the greater part of two years, while sectors such as telecoms, IT, and fintech have continued to rise in line with growth in the African middle class. Questions arise as to what factors are influencing this, as well as the role that private equity can play in the continent’s future. 

Further, industry experts will examine the state of the African economy, while specialists discuss who is leading in the realm of lending. Panellists will also explore the key drivers in investment and funding decisions for African power projects, focusing on infrastructure, energy, resources and projects required in order to continue to elevate Africa. These and other pertinent topics will be discussed at the event. 

Confirmed speakers will include James AH Campbell, MD of Botwana Diamonds plc, Sindi Mabaso-Koyana, Executive Chairperson at AWCA Investment Holdings and Neeraj Vij, Regional Sector Manager at African Development Bank. 

Bonang Mohale, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa will be the opening keynote address and Ayabonga Cawe, economist, columnist, radio presenter, photographer and activist will be the closing keynote address.

Speaking ahead of the Forum, Andrew Skipper, Hogan Lovells partner and head of the firm's Africa practice, commented:

"This is our third Africa Forum and I am delighted that it is now one of most sought after Africa tickets in London and Johannesburg. This year we're expecting over 200 leading players in the African market to join us to discuss Africa Fit For the Future. We have a fantastic range of expertise and experience in our speakers and panellists covering everything from industrialisation to renewable energy, urbanisation to illicit alcohol trade, lending, economic insights and much more. This is an event not to be missed."

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