Program – AFRICA50 GSM


  • 19 July 2022

  • General
  • Shareholders
  • Meeting
  • 20, 21 July 2022

  • Africa50 and CCA Infrastructure
  • roundtables at the U.S.
  • Africa Business Summit
  • 09:00 – 09:30

    Guests arrival and Welcome Coffee

  • 10:00 – 12:00

    Opening Ceremony

  • Welcome Remarks by Africa50 CEO, Alain Ebobissé

    Opening Remarks by Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Africa50 Chairman and President of the African Development Bank

    Keynote speech by Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, Head of Government, The Kingdom of Morocco


  • 11:00-12:00

    Presidential Conversation: Creating Africa’s Innovation Economy: Lessons from Visionary Leaders (TBC)

  • 12:00 – 12:30

    Press Briefing

  • 12:30 – 14:00


  • 14:30 – 17:30

    Shareholders Meeting (closed session)

  • 19:30 – 22:30

    Cultural Evening (by invitation only)

On 20, 21 July 2022, Africa50 will organize a series of sessions dedicated to infrastructure investments, as part of the 14th edition of the US-Africa Economic Summit in Marrakech.
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  • 09:30 – 10:00

    Guests arrival and Welcome Coffee break

  • 10:30 – 11:15

    Panel 1: Innovation Hubs as Catalysts of Africa’s Innovation Economy

  • Countries across the continent are creating innovation hubs in the quest to develop ICT, which many are increasingly adopting upon realization of its importance to the economy. It’s vital to take stock of the contribution these platforms are offering and look at how innovators and entrepreneurs are making use of them. Key learnings from Sub-Saharan hubs like Pretoria Innovation Center, Ebene City Mauritius, Kenya iHub will be discussed as well as how countries can keep pace with rapidly changing technology.

    Expert Presentation:

    Nathalie Munyampenda – Next Einstein Forum Managing Director


    - Ms. Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda

    - Alain Ebobissé, CEO Africa50

    - Nathalie Munyampenda – Next Einstein Forum Managing Director

    - Faith Keza: CEO, Rwanda Online

    Moderator: CNBC Africa anchor

  • 11:15 – 12:30

    PANEL 2: Invest in Rwanda

  • Rwanda is currently ranked the 2nd easiest place to do business on the continent and the 29th globally. It recently joined the OECD. Last year saw the country register 173 investment projects worth US$ 2.006 billion against a $2 billion target. This discussion takes a close look at what Rwanda is doing to entice investors, and where the sectors of opportunity lie.

    Introductory remarks:

    Hon. Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Minister of Trade and Industry, Rwanda (TBC)


    - Clare Akamanzi, CEO of Rwanda development Board

    - Michaella Rugwizangoga, CEO Volkswagen Mobility solutions

  • 12:00 – 13:00

    PANEL 3: Financing Africa’s Connectivity Infrastructure Gap: Innovation and Partnerships

  • Infrastructure is the backbone to connectivity which has proven to be a critical impetus to digital and economic growth. The discussion will bring together seasoned panelists acquainted with the sector. They will assess the impact of low connectivity infrastructure, the role public private partnerships, and efficient use of available infrastructure as well as how ICT can be leveraged to create solutions for local problems, among other issues of interest.


    - Sam Nkusi , Group Executive, East Africa, Liquid Telecom

    - Alex Ntale , CEO ICT Chamber, Rwanda

    - Harkirit Singh , Global Head of Solutions and EMEA pre-sales, Tata Communications.

    Moderator: Carole Wainaina, Chief Operating Officer, Africa50

  • 13:00 – 13:30

    Press Briefing

  • 13:00 – 14:30

    Networking Finger Lunch

  • 14:30 – 18:00

    B2B Bilateral Meetings and workshops