The Kenyan Head of State, Uhuru Kenyatta, and his Ivorian counterpart will participate in the 2016 African CEO Forum together with an assembly of more than 800 key figures from across the continent and the entire world. The African CEO Forum brings together the continent’s top CEOs, bankers, investors and public decision-makers each year.
This upcoming edition marks Uhuru Kenyatta’s first official trip to Côte d’Ivoire. The two presidents will exchange views and discuss different approaches to accelerating structural reforms and improving the business climate, in order to foster a strong African private sector capable of providing a rich source of growth and jobs.
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 6.6% for 2016. Côte d’Ivoire, with economic growth at almost 10% per year since 2012, investment now accounting for more than 20% 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 (ECOWAS).
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 African 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.
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