The AFRICA FINANCIAL INDUSTRY SUMMIT – AFIS is set to host its annual summit on November 15 and 16, 2023, in Lomé, Togo. This year’s event, themed “Building a World-Class African Financial Industry: A $1.5 Trillion Opportunity,” will bring together key players from both public and private sectors to explore the transformation of the African financial industry in the face of technological advancements and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
AFRICA FINANCIAL INDUSTRY SUMMIT – AFIS has been instrumental in fostering change in African finance by facilitating discussions on pivotal themes within the financial sector. The event will see over 20 Ministers of Economy and Finance, Central Bank Governors, Deputy Governors, and regulatory authorities in attendance. Notable figures include Governor Olayemi Cardoso (Central Bank of Nigeria), H.E. Mamo Esmelealem Mihretu (National Bank of Ethiopia), Manuel António Tiago Dias (National Bank of Angola), Dr. Ernest Addison (Central Bank of Ghana), Jean-Claude Kassi Brou (BCEAO), Ministers Romuald Wadagni of Benin, and Sani Yaya of Togo.
The summit will also host leaders from major financial institutions, with luminaries such as Ugas Sheikh-Mohamed from the Capital Markets Authority in Kenya, Delphine Traoré representing SanlamAllianz, Patty Karuaihe-Martin from NamibRe, Jeremy Awori of Ecobank, Jules Ngankam from the African Guarantee Fund, Felix Edoh Kossi Aménounvé of BRVM, Serigne Dioum of MTN, Sérgio Pimenta, Vice President for Africa at IFC, Oliver Awuba from UBA and numerous other industry leaders from across Africa and around the world.
AFIS 2023’s agenda will encompass several key topics, including attracting African institutional investments to local capital markets, ensuring the free movement of capital and regulatory harmonization, nurturing talent essential for digital transformation, and unlocking innovation in areas like climate finance and tokenization.
The summit provides an invaluable platform for Nigeria’s financial industry leaders to develop concrete solutions for the challenges facing the sector and to collaborate with other Pan-African financial industry leaders. By aligning banking, insurance, fintech, and capital market strategies with global standards, AFIS is poised to become a cornerstone event for industry stakeholders.