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The Annual Debate

5th june 2019 - The LAW society, london

The Annual Debate is the flagship event of Invest Africa and is a key fixture in the diary for anyone investing and operating across Africa. Returning in June for its 5th edition, Africa’s leading business forum in London has established itself as the platform for high-level dialogue between key decision-makers in policy and business.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on 5th June: our delegates for participating during the day, our speakers for their invaluable insights into their various sectors and lastly, but certainly not least, our strategic partners and sponsors, without whom, the day would not have been possible.

The main themes this year addressed included:

  • Investing in Africa: In times of Global Uncertainty

  • Industrial Development

  • Regional Integration

  • The Future of Africa’s Capital Markets

  • Scaling for Impact - Where next for Tech in Africa?

  • African PE – Growth or Value Investing?

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Highlights from The Annual Debate 2019

Below are some of the highlights from The Annual Debate. All our panels can be found here.


Who was there?

300 + investors, market leaders and senior decision-makers from your industry: energy, finance, PE funds, professional services, government agencies, logistics, technology, infrastructure, retail, real estate, construction and leisure. 

Delegates at The Annual Debate:

  • Engaged directly with thought leaders, industry experts and entrepreneurs

  • Gained invaluable insights into the future of business and investment in Africa

  • Shared perspectives, expertise and experience with other professionals who are developing new and better business in Africa.

  • Enjoyed great company and conversation in the historic setting of The Law Society


What do the delegates say?

Optimism about great business opportunities in Africa was palpable at 2018’s Annual Debate. we talked about Africa’s demographic dividend and how it can and will translate into higher business opportunity growth across Africa.
— Ana Hajduka, Founder and CEO, Africa GreenCo
I thought the Annual Debate was excellent, and has developed into one of the not-to-be missed annual events on Africa.
— Geoffrey White, CEO Africa, Agility
A great showcase for Africa with lively and informed discussion on a range of topics of crucial importance to the would-be investor and the continent’s future prosperity.
— Rt. Hon. The Lord Paul Boateng PC DL, Chair, Africa Enterprise Challenge fund