GTABC 2021 Panels 

Shaping the Conversation

GTABC 2021 will feature 6 breakout panels highlighted below. 

The time for each panel is listed and times are US Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Financing Africa's

Growth

11:15 - 12:15

What is the state of finance in Africa, and how will the unprecedented covid-19 pandemic impact financing for years to come? Panelists will discuss what it will take to finance Africa’s growth and analyze relevant topics including the current state of financing in Africa, the rising cost of debt for nations and businesses, and creative ways of financing growth.

Gender Parity in Africa's Growth

11:15 - 12:15

With growing global interest in the African continent, women have an equally important role in Africa’s growth. What are the determinants of gender parity on the continent and what can countries do to improve their support of women in business and leadership? This panel will feature women leaders from different business sectors who will share insights on their journeys as well as delve into opportunities available for women to step into and take up leadership roles

Closing Africa’s Energy & Infrastructure Gap

11:15 - 12:15

Africa is at the forefront of distributed energy systems that can increase energy access in rural areas faster than conventional systems  driven by innovative business models. The panel will feature public and private sector energy and infrastructure development practitioners and a discuss on the opportunities, challenges and what it will take to meet Africa’s energy needs required for sustainable development.

Lessons and Challenges of Healthcare in Africa

12:45 - 1:45

To much controversy, Western media coverage of the COVID-19 response on the African continent has focused on why death rates are relatively low. This panel aims to transcend this common discourse to shed light on how external actors can learn from the pandemic response by African states. Panelists will discuss areas for improvement in African nations responses to pandemics and conclude with a conversation of how state and non-state actors can work to ensure effective health systems across the continent

Digital Revolution in Africa’s Growth

12:45 - 1:45

According to a 2020 CNBC report, the African continent boasts over 600 technology hubs and is heading towards a technology boom with solutions ranging from digital payments to e-commerce, healthcare and blockchain being rolled out. What opportunities exist for tech practitioners to heighten the positives effects of an open global digital economy? What support is required to equip and position the tech landscape in African countries to innovatively address front-of-mind business, government and social challenges? Panelists will delve into these questions.

Trade: the path to Africa’s Economic Diversification

12:45 - 1:45

Trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement commenced on January 1, 2021. Last year’s conference took a close look at the agreement and the numerous benefits it brings to the continent. This year, the panel will review the impact of recent developments in the implementation of the AfCFTA.  Panelists will discuss the current state of the AfCFTA, success determinants, obstacles faced by the strategic framework and  the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agreement.

GTABC 2021 Speakers & Panelists

The 2021 Conference will feature keynote addresses and conversations from seasoned panelists. A subset of the speakers can be seen below.

March 12 - 13// Georgetown University // Washington DC

africabusinessconference@georgetown.edu

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