In this edition of “The Ambassador’s Account,” Ambassador Mark Green looks ahead to IGD’s Frontier 100 Forum, an invitation-only event for our Frontier Leaders which will be in New York City on October 22-23, 2013.
Just two weeks to go before our Frontier 100 Forum in New York City, where I’ll join leading CEOs and executives from across the globe to discuss opportunities to invest in Africa, and bring the continent out of poverty.
It’s an interesting time for us to be having this conversation. As we close in on the 2015 target for the Millennium Development Goals, many are asking: what’s next? We have seen some tremendous progress toward achieving the MDGs, but at IGD, we have always insisted the key to sustainable economic growth is through business-led development. Our Frontier Leader program is bringing together key individuals from leading companies to create a network with the interest and capacity in investing in these high-need, high-potential regions of Africa.
While at the Forum, we’ll discuss pressing topics and some potential barriers to investment – from leveraging ICT infrastructure to addressing Africa’s skills gap. Executives in similar sectors, from agriculture and power, will have the chance to network, discuss opportunities and create partnerships. That’s what this Forum is all about – bringing leading executives with an interest in Africa together to form relationships and create investment opportunities, to end poverty.
I look forward to gathering with each of these individuals, these investors. Leading executives who are investing not just in their businesses, but in Africa’s potential. Through the conversations we’ll have, the relationships that will be formed and partnerships that will be fostered, the IGD Frontier 100 Forum will be a springboard for investments in Africa to create lasting economic growth.
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