Creation of the AfroChampion Initiative in Accra, Ghana, by the strategy firm Konfidants, and a group of experts on economy, business regional integration, trade, and investment.
The ADS Group, led by founder & CEO Samba Bathily joins the AfroChampions Initiative as first corporate donor.
The inaugural diner of the AfroChampions Initiative is organized on the side line of the Bamako Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence. Attendees celebrate an AfroChampion icon, Mr. Gervais Djondo, co-founder of Ecobank Group and founder of Asky Airlines, who receives the AfroChampion Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the economic integration of Africa.
The AfroChampions Hub project is officially presented in Addis-Ababa during a special panel involving media and representatives from local business communities on the side lines of the African Union Annual Summit. The project received official support from the current President of the African Union, His Excellency Professor Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea, as well as from the Presidents of Liberia, Zambia, Gambia and Mali who send representatives to the event.
Mr. Aliko Dangote, Founder and CEO of the Dangote Group, accepts to be Co-Chairperson of the Initiative with Mr Mbeki. He also becomes inaugural Chair of the AfroChampions Club
President of the African Union Alpha Condé lays the foundation for a core group of political representatives to join the project. A committee of experts starts a roadmap of regulatory reforms to support the emergence of African Champions and the economic integration of Africa – the Africa Investment Roadmap.
Mr Dangote hosted the inaugural meeting and official launch of the AfroChampions Club in Lagos. CEOS representing 13 African Countries attended the event, in presence of President Thabo Mbeki, President of the AfroChampions InitiatIve, President Olusegun Obasanjo, Patron of the AfroChampions Initiative, and Vice-president of Nigeria Yemi Obasinjo.
Strategic firm Konfidants presents in partnership with the AfroChampions Initiative the 2017 African Globalisers Report – The first ever research on African multinationals with Global footprint.
This is a new strategic step for the AfroChampions Initiative, as it concludes a partnership with the African Union to help mobilizing the private sector around the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
The Inaugural Meeting of the AfroChampions Club takes place in Addis-Ababa on the site of the 30th African Union’s heads of State summit. Five recognised personnalities are appointed as regional vice-chairs, including:Mr Jean-Louis Billon, Ivory Coast, Chairman of SICFA (Western Africa); Dr Paul Fokam, Cameroon, Chairman and CEO, Afriland First Group (Central Africa); Mr Ali Mufuruki, Tanzania, Chairman and CEO, Infotech Investments (Eastern Africa); Mr Naguib Sawiris, Egypt, Chairman of ORASCOM (North Africa); Mrs Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, South Africa CEO of the Dutch mining group, IchorCoal N.V. and chair of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (Southern Africa)