Our distinguished speakers are invited to this series from all industry sectors, and reflect the career aspirations and interests of the Saїd Business School and the Oxford University student body as a whole. The speakers are founders, chairman, CEOs and other senior management and are drawn from all over the world, reflecting the international make-up of our student body.
The Oxford Business Forum Africa brings together distinguished leaders from top companies, innovative start-ups, government, and civil society from across Africa.
In March 2018, 44 African countries signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). The U.N. Economic Commission on Africa suggests that intra-African trade is likely to increase by 52.3% and may double with further removal of non-tariff barriers. This year’s forum will focus on the impact of the AfCFTA regarding integrated trade and movement of people across Africa. Can we develop the infrastructure and harness local talent to compete for global value chains? Does the AfCFTA enhance appetite for African investment?
The Forum will highlight the potential effects the AfCFTA may have on the development and ease of doing business across Africa. When examined independently, many African countries may not be economically viable and attractive to global market players. However, under the single market framework of the AfCFTA the continent’s prospect for global production, value chain management and consumption capacity rises.
Our keynote speakers and panelists will delve into how the AfCFTA will impact physical and digital infrastructure, agricultural demands, investment opportunities and technological innovation on the continent.
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