Continental launch of the ICC - ECA Centre of Entrepreneurship in Africa

16 Sep 2021

Online English and French
Start: 13:30 EAT | 12.30 CET
End: 15:30 EAT | 14.30 CET

This is online event is to celebrate the continental launch of the ICC-ECA Centres of Entrepreneurship in Africa. 

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), are working together to prepare and mobilise the next generation of entrepreneurs in Africa. We are introducing the Centre of Entrepreneurship in a continental level by launching the Centre of Entrepreneurship hubs at Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, and Nigeria.

The Centre of Entrepreneurship (CoE) is an initiative co-led with local partners to prepare and mobilize the next generation of African entrepreneurs, from developing skills of young people who face uncertain employment prospects, to helping catalyse local entrepreneurship and the jobs of the future. Our main goal is to enable individual citizens to build meaningful livelihoods and to ensure they do this in a functioning market economy.

Who should attend?

All stakeholders including:

  • SMEs
  • MSMEs
  • Government agencies
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Business associations
  • E-commerce platforms
  • Business professionals and academics

*EA Time Zone

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Welcome Remarks (Master of Ceremonies)

  • Karima- Catherine Goundiam, CEO, Red Dot Digital Inc. & B2BeeMatch, ICC Regional Coordinator for Africa

13:30 – 13:50

Keynote speech - Creating livelihoods in the Africa region: The mission of the Centre of Entrepreneurship

  • John W.H. Denton AO, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Oliver Chinganya, Director, Africa Centre of Statistics, United Nations Economic Comission for Africa (UNECA)

13:50 – 14:25

Roundtable with African Business leaders and SMEs: looking ahead

  • Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director, AfriLabs
  • Chepkemoi MagdalineFounder & Executive Director, EldoHub
  • Kojo Sam-Woode, CEO Adroit Bureau, Ghana Ltd

Moderated by:

  • Julian Kassum, Director, ICC Global Partnership and Development

14:25 – 14:55

Regional and global partnerships

  • Shadi BannaFounder & CEO, Potential.com
  • Ibrahima Nour Eddine DiagneManaging Director of GAINDE 2000 and President of the African Performance Institute (API)
  • Alberto Onetti, Chairman, Mind the Bridge
  • Christina Struller, Vice President, Public Affairs, Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Africa, UPS – Women Traders in the AfCFTA

14:55 – 15:25

Roundtable with NCs/Chambers leaders hosting the Regional Hubs in Africa (5 minutes each with 5 minutes Q&A)

  • Samuel Akomea, Head, Centre for Business Development, KNUST
  • Karim Haji, Founding Partner, GEM Finance, Member of the Board, ICC Morocco
  • Dorothy Udeme Ufot, SAN, Founding and Managing Partner, Dorothy Ufot & Co.
  • Richard NgatiaPresident, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI)

15:25 – 15:30

Closing remarks

Samuel Akomea

Head, Centre for Business Development, KNUST

Shadi Banna

Founder & CEO, Potential.com

Oliver Chinganya

Director, Africa Centre of Statistics, United Nations Economic Comission for Africa (UNECA)

John W.H. Denton AO

Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Ibrahima Nour Eddine Diagne

Managing Director of GAINDE 2000 and President of the African Performance Institute (API)

Anna Ekeledo

Executive Director, AfriLabs

Karim Haji

Founding Partner, GEM Finance, Member of the Board, ICC Morocco

Chepkemoi Magdaline 

Founder & Executive Director, EldoHub

Richard Ngatia

President, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI)

Alberto Onetti

Chairman, Mind the Bridge

Kojo Sam-Woode

CEO Adroit Bureau, Ghana Ltd

Christina Struller

Vice President, Public Affairs, Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Africa, UPS – Women Traders in the AfCFTA

Dorothy Udeme Ufot SAN

Founding and Managing Partner, Dorothy Ufot & Co

Date and venue

16 September 2021

Online

Disclaimer The photos and audiovisual recordings taken during this webinar may be used and published by ICC, its subsidiaries or affiliates, for informational or promotional purposes in printed materials or online, including on ICC websites and in social media.

Catherine Foster

Lead, ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship

ICC Global Partnerships and Development

Organisers

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