The Ivorian government and the organizers have confirmed that the AFRICA CEO FORUM 2016 will go ahead as planned in Abidjan despite the weekend’s terror attacks in Grand-Bassam.
A press release announcing the decision states: “The fourth edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM will go ahead on the foreseen dates of the 21 and 22 March 2016 in Abidjan, despite the terrorist attacks that hit Grand-Bassam yesterday, Sunday 13 March. Many key figures have confirmed their participation and expressed their support for the event so that it can continue to pursue its mission to contribute to the development of the continent.”
The terrorist attack on the coastal city of Grand-Bassam, 50km from Abidjan, occurred on Sunday March 13, leaving tens of people dead.
In the release, the organizers of the Forum expressed their condolences toward the families and friends of the victims as well as to the people of Côte d’Ivoire.
“This was a despicable act which was committed against Côte d’Ivoire because the country represents everything that Jihadists abhor: a country that is fast developing and open to the world, which has ended a violent chapter in its history and now aspires to peace,” states the release.
“The AFRICA CEO FORUM will take place as planned on 21 & 22 March at the Congress Centre in Abidjan in order to pursue its mission to develop the continent and in solidarity with all countries experiencing difficult and tragic circumstances.”
Since the terror attack, stated the release, the organizers have received numerous messages from key figures, confirming that they will be in attendance of the forum.
“Security has always been important to the organization of the Forum. The organizers, in close cooperation with Ivorian security services, have put extensive additional measures into place. These will take effect as soon as participants arrive at the airport, will cover the location of the Forum as well as all hotels around the city. In the current context, not only will we continue our mission, but together with the participants, we also intend to demonstrate that the people of Africa will not renounce their role in the development of the continent whatever the circumstances may be”, stated Amir Ben Yahmed, Founder and President of the Africa CEO Forum in the release.
But why are we keen on the Forum while our focus is on tech and business? The Forum is a gathering of business leaders from the continent, from all sectors of the economy – be it manufacturing, infrastructure, transport and even IT. That’s why we’re keenly following it.
On February 25, we ran post about Michael Macharia (from Kenya) and CEO of Sevens Seas Technologies being a nominee in the ‘Young CEO of the Year’ category while Kenya’s dominant telco – Safaricom – had also been nominated in the ‘African Company of the Year’ category. This is another reason why we’re keen on the event and whether it’ll take place as scheduled in spite the unfortunate terror attacks of this past weekend.
Organized in partnership with the African Development Bank, the Africa CEO Forum is hosted jointly by Groupe Jeune Afrique, publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, and Rainbow Unlimited, a Swiss company specializing in organizing economic promotion events.