African Business Leaders Call for Increased Partnership at the 8th Africa Summit in London

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…Leading Business Icons honoured at the 13th African Business Leadership Awards


Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 12 July 2023


African business leaders have called for increased business-to-business partnerships as a linchpin for sustainable economic growth and development for the continent. They made this call during the 8th Africa Summit, which was held at the Dorchester Hotel, London, United Kingdom. The 2-day event organized by African Leadership Organization, publishers of the African Leadership Magazine UK, attracted high-level business leaders and policymakers, including Lord Dolar Popat, a Member of the UK House of Lords and the British Prime Ministers Trade Envoy to Rwanda and Uganda; Baroness Sandy Verma, Member UK House of Lords,   Hon. Renganaden Padayachy, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Mauritius; Rindra Rabarinirinarison, Minister for Economy & Finance, Madagascar; Hon. Seedy Sk Nije, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Of The Gambia;           Hon. Fonati Koffa, Deputy Speaker, House of Reps, Liberia; Michel Ussene,  Executive Chairman, Uxene Smart City, Mozambique.

Other guests at the event include His Royal Majesty, Ògíamẹ̀ Atúwàtse III CFR, Olu of Warri Kingdom, Nigeria; Olori Ògíamẹ̀ Atúwàtse III, Queen Consort of Warri Kingdom, Nigeria; Cosmas Kanhai, CEO, Zimbabwe Asset Management Corporation; Hon.  Debele Kabeta Hursa, Commissioner, Ethiopian Customs Commission; Hon. Johnny Ohisa Damian, Governor, Bank of South Sudan; Dr Walton Ekundayo Gilpin, MD, Rokel Commercial Bank, Sierra Leon; Mrs Mukwandi Chibesakunda, CEO, Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO) Plc; Mohammed Bello-Koko, Managing Director/CEO, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Nokuthula Selamolela, CEO Food and Beverages Manufacturing, South Africa, H.E. Dr. Benedito Paulo Manuel, Director General, Sociedade Mineira De Catoca Lda, Angola; amongst others.

While speaking at the event with the theme “New Opportunities for African Investments, Partnership, and Collaboration,” various speakers maintained that cross-border partnerships and business collaborations will unlock huge opportunities for businesses across the continent and help promote sustainable growth and development.


The Africa Summit provided a platform for meaningful dialogue, exchange of ideas, and collaboration among Africa’s top business leaders and influencers. The summit also fostered a vibrant knowledge-sharing, innovation, and networking atmosphere.

Select delegates to this year’s event were hosted to one-day discussions at the House of Lords to signal the commencement of the 8th Africa Summit. The discussions centred on workable strategies and modalities for increasing Africa-UK trade partnerships, with the active support of influential members of the House of Lords and age-long insight into UK-Africa trade partnerships.

The Africa Summit featured high-level panel discussions, keynote addresses, and interactive sessions on critical topics such as business partnerships, CSR, sustainable development, infrastructure, technology, and governance. Distinguished speakers, including government ministers, diplomats, members of parliament, business leaders, and experts, shared their insights, experiences, and success stories, inspiring participants to explore new strategies and partnerships for advancing Africa’s prosperity. The event also had a panel discussion on galvanising Africa’s political leadership for global investments, partnerships, and collaboration.


It also hosted the CEOs Roundtable on Re-Imagining Africa’s Private Sector as Economic Growth Enablers on the Continent. Participants also showcased Africa’s investment opportunities for interested investors.


High points of the event were the presentation of the African Business Leadership Awards and trophies to winners in the 13th African Business Leadership Awards.

About African Leadership Magazine UK: African Leadership Magazine UK is a pan-African media organisation aiming to promote African opportunities globally. We are keen on promoting Afro-positivism and championing African excellence, fostering leadership development, and promoting the continent’s economic growth and development. With global readership and a reputation for delivering credible and timely news, analysis, and insights, African Leadership Magazine UK is a platform for celebrating African achievements, inspiring leaders, and driving transformative change.



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