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 to host the inaugural meeting and official launch of the AfroChampions Club in Lagos. In attendance will be CEOs from African multinationals who will constitute members of the Club.
This is the target date for the presentation of the interim report on key reforms to be considered as priorities and to result in a Governments Accord to be presented at African Union’s Summit in January 2018.
This is the target date to release two founding documents: the Governments Accord on the Africa Investment Roadmap, to be signed by heads of state supporting the project, and the AfroChampions Charter to be signed by African multinationals supporting the project.