SWIFT has announced that African businessman and investor, Mr. TonyÂ Elumelu,Â will deliver the closing address at its African Regional Conference onÂ May18,Â 2017Â 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,Â Elumelu, who is the Chairman of United Bank for Africa and founder of the TonyÂ ElumeluÂ Foundation, will talk about how Africa is delivering its own growth through investing in entrepreneurship andÂ promoting a new generation of business leaders. He will also discuss how the TonyÂ ElumeluÂ Foundation is supporting home-grown African start-ups and inspiring philanthropy across the continent.
Head of Middle East, Turkey & Africa, SWIFT,Â SidoÂ Bestani,Â said:Â â€œWe are delighted to welcomeÂ ElumeluÂ at the SWIFT African Regional conference. African entrepreneurs play an increasingly important role in the continentâ€™s economic transformation andÂ organisationsÂ such as the TonyÂ ElumeluÂ Foundation are critical in promoting these efforts. For this reason, SWIFT is once again featuring theÂ InnotribeÂ Startup Challenge for Africa at ARC, which aims to support home-grown African talent in the financial services sector.â€
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,Â AdamaÂ Kone, will open the conference.