The Winners of the AFRICA CEO FORUM AWARDS 2016Credits Jacques Torregano GENEVA, Switzerland, 13 March 2017, The AFRICA CEO FORUM 2017, the most high-profile international forum on African private sector development, will be held on 20 and 21 March in Geneva and, for the fifth consecutive year, will salute the economic performance of African business leaders and companies at the 2017 AFRICA CEO FORUM AWARDS. Every year, the AFRICA CEO FORUM AWARDS recognise those companies and investors whose strategies and performance have contributed most to Africa's growth dynamic over the past year. On the night of 20 March 2017, in the presence of Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, one of the finalists in each of the following categories will win an award: CEO OF THE YEAR 1. Abdulsamad Rabiu, CEO, BUA Group 2. Issad Rebrab, Chairman, Cevital 3. Mohammed Dewji, CEO, MeTL 4. Naguib Sawiris, Chairman, OTMT Investments 5. Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, CEO, Bakhresa Group 6. Strive Masiyiwa, CEO, Econet YOUNG CEO OF THE YEAR 1. Anta Babacar Ngom Bathily, MD, Sedima 2. Basil El-Baz, CEO, Carbon Holdings 3. Darshan Chandaria, CEO, Chandaria Industries 4. James Mworia, CEO, Centum Investments 5. Mohamed Ben Ouda, MD, SNTL 6. Lamia Tazi, MD, Sothema YOUNG CEO OF THE YEAR 1. Anta Babacar Ngom Bathily, DG, Sedima 2. Basil El-Baz, PDG, Carbon Holdings 3. Darshan Chandaria, PDG, Chandaria Industries 4. James Mworia, PDG, Centum Investments 5. Mohamed Ben Ouda, DG, SNTL 6. Lamia Tazi, DG, Sothema AFRICAN COMPANY OF THE YEAR 1. CIEL Group 2. ECONET 3. ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC 4. LABEL'VIE 5. MTN 6. OCP Group AFRICAN BANK OF THE YEAR 1. ATTIJARIWAFA BANK 2. BANQUE CENTRALE POPULAIRE 3. ECOBANK 4. MAURITIUS COMMERCIAL BANK 5. STANDARD BANK GROUP 6. UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTOR OF THE YEAR 1. ACTIS 2. AFRICINVEST 3. DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL LLP 4. HELIOS INVESTMENT PARTNERS 5. LEAPFROG INVESTMENTS 6. THE ABRAAJ GROUP INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION OF THE YEAR 1. ALLIANZ 2. COCA-COLA 3. MOTA-ENGIL 4. ORANGE 5. SIEMENS 6. VITOL For the past four years, over 120 African and international companies and investment funds and more than 30 CEOs, all emblematic of Africa's economic vitality, have been nominated. Nineteeen awards have been given, including four prestigious CEO OF THE YEAR awards. Developed in partnership with the African Development Bank, the AFRICA CEO FORUM is an event organised by Groupe Jeune Afrique, publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, and Rainbow Unlimited, a Swiss company specialising in organising events promoting and facilitating business.Launched in 2012, the AFRICA CEO FORUM has become the leading international meeting on the development of Africa and its companies, in a top-level professional setting. The 2016 edition hosted over 1,000 African and international personalities, including 600 business leaders from 43 African countries and 100 high-level speakers.