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Investor insights 26 June 2020

Africa Investors’ Conference 2020 Goes Virtual

In partnership with ICBC Standard Bank and Microsoft, Standard Bank held its 10th Africa Investors' Conference from 22-26 June 2020.

Against the backdrop of an uncertain environment as the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdowns remain very much to the fore, we adopted a digital approach to enable African corporate clients and leading policymakers to connect virtually with some of the world’s leading institutional investors. With the impact of the current crisis in mind, participants accessed significant opportunities to collaborate and exchange fresh ideas, helping to drive growth on the continent.

The Africa Investors' Conference was first held in 2010 and for the past nine years have been hosted at Standard Bank’s offices in the City of London. Using a specially enhanced Microsoft Teams platform we hosted over 2800 meetings over 5 days, more than doubling the number of meetings hosted in 2019. The virtual platform enabled many more African corporates and investors to fully participate in the conference, with policymaker sessions also reaching a broader audience. The number of investors registered for the conference has increased by 78% and African corporate participation increased by 17%.

Summary of the event
AIC2020 Connecting Africa
Africa Focus
AIC2020 Providing a Platform
New Possibilities
Leadership views on Africa during COVID-19
AIC2020 Africa Economic Outlook
Africa's economic outlook in the aftermath of COVID-19

Chief Executive: Africa Regions, Sola David-Borha addressing the 10th Africa Investors' Conference, including the coming into effect of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, the Mozambique LNG opportunity and the rise of the economic powerhouse that is Ethiopia.

AIC2020 Africa After Covid19
Africa after COVID19

Goolam Ballim, Chief Economist, Standard Bank Group, addressing delegates at the 10th Africa Investors' Conference on how the continent will fare in the aftermath of COVID-19.

AIC2020 Impact of Digitisation on Africa's economic outlook
Impact of Digitisation on Africa's Economic Outlook

"Digitising trade will certainly help to bring down the cost of doing business. Mobile money, electronic payments and remittances will continue to be a key driver across sub-Saharan Africa. We will also continue to see a scaling up of fintech solutions for power." - Chief Executive, Africa Regions, Sola David-Borha

AIC2020 Factors Driving Africa's Economic Recovery
Factors driving Africa's economic recovery

Chief Executive: Africa Regions, Sola David-Borha addressing the 10th Africa Investors' Conference, including the coming into effect of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, the Mozambique LNG opportunity and the rise of the economic powerhouse that is Ethiopia.

AIC2020 Africa's Response to Covid19
Africa's response to COVID-19

Goolam Ballim, addressing investors, policymakers and corporates on Africa's response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the 10th Africa Investors' Conference.