Elumelu to Deliver SWIFT Regional Conference Address  


SWIFT has announced that African businessman and investor, Mr. Tony Elumelu, will deliver the closing address at its African Regional Conference on May18, 2017 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The conference will bring together around 500 high level financial professionals from across Africa.

According to a statement at the weekend, Elumelu, who is the Chairman of United Bank for Africa and founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, will talk about how Africa is delivering its own growth through investing in entrepreneurship and promoting a new generation of business leaders. He will also discuss how the Tony Elumelu Foundation is supporting home-grown African start-ups and inspiring philanthropy across the continent.

Head of Middle East, Turkey & Africa, SWIFT, Sido Bestani, said: “We are delighted to welcome Elumelu at the SWIFT African Regional conference. African entrepreneurs play an increasingly important role in the continent’s economic transformation and organisations such as the Tony Elumelu Foundation are critical in promoting these efforts. For this reason, SWIFT is once again featuring the Innotribe Startup Challenge for Africa at ARC, which aims to support home-grown African talent in the financial services sector.”

The event will bring together policy makers, industry leaders and the broader financial community from across the African continent to discuss the most significant challenges and opportunities facing the continent. The Minister for Economy & Finance of Ivory Coast, Adama Kone, will open the conference.