\u00a0The major annual gathering for the African private sector takes place on 26 and 27 March in Abidjan \u00a0 \tMore than 1,200 decision-makers from more than 60 countries are expected to debate the theme of "African Champions: Powering Competitiveness" ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, 8 February 2018, -\/African Media Agency (AMA)\/- The AFRICA CEO FORUM will hold its 6th edition on 26 and 27 March 2018 in Abidjan, C\u00f4te d'Ivoire. More than 1,200 key figures and decision-makers from industry, finance and politics will converge from 60 countries to attend the world's largest gathering of the African private sector. With its chosen theme, "African Champions: Powering Competitiveness", the AFRICA CEO FORUM 2018 aims to enable its participants to formulate action plans for the transformation of the continent's large companies. The African private sector has developed strongly over the past two decades, most recently showing its capacity to resist a period of economic slowdown. But the number and size of leading companies remains small when measured against other emerging regions. While economic recovery takes shape, the unprecedented technological disruption that is occuring all over the world can be a tool for African champions to grow ever faster, to increase their competitivity, and to challenge their counterparts at a global level. Despite the risks they pose to industry in terms of job creation, these digital revolutions also enable acceleration on a new scale in several fields: financial inclusion, logistics, access to health and education, agricultural competitivity and innovation among them. Providing the business climate continues to improve and investment to strengthen, this large-scale evolution will also result in a new generation of dynamic African companies. Through twenty sessions organized by sector and region, case studies by top CEOs, success stories, strategic workshops, and themed task forces (on female leadership and young CEOs), the 2018 edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM sets out to open the perspective on a new era for the private sector, and to make the next ten years of growth a decade of entrepreneurial transformation in Africa. Discover the program Among the key speakers to lead the debate: Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of C\u00f4te d'Ivoire;\u00a0Philippe Le Hou\u00e9rou, CEO of the International Finance Corporation;\u00a0Jim Ovia, Founder and CEO of Zenith Bank;\u00a0Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization;\u00a0Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever;\u00a0Claudio Descalzi, CEO of ENI;\u00a0Naguib Sawiris, Executive President of OTMT;\u00a0Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank;\u00a0Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman of Massmart;\u00a0Mohamed El Kettani, CEO of Attijariwafa Bank;\u00a0Diego Aponte, CEO of MSC;\u00a0Geoffrey Qhena, CEO of IDC;\u00a0Zouha\u00efr Bennani, CEO of Label'Vie;\u00a0Janine Kacou Diagou, Managing Director of the NSIA Group;\u00a0Yolanda Cuba, CEO of Vodafone Ghana;\u00a0Junior Ngulube, CEO of Sanlam;\u00a0Issad Rebrab, Chairman of the Board of C\u00e9vital;\u00a0Abderrahmane Benhamadi, CEO of Condor;\u00a0Alassane Doumbia, CEO of SIFCA;\u00a0Bruno Mettling, Deputy CEO in charge of Africa and the Middle East, Orange;\u00a0Patrick Akorli, CEO of Ghana Oil Company;\u00a0Austin Avuru, CEO of Seplat Petroleum;\u00a0Joshua Oigara, CEO of Kenya Commercial Bank Group;\u00a0Vuyani Jarana, CEO of South African Airways;\u00a0Oluwatoyin Sanni, CEO of United Capital; and\u00a0Tonye Cole, CEO of Sahara Group. About the AFRICA CEO FORUM The AFRICA CEO FORUM is organized by Jeune Afrique Media Group, the publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, and by rainbow unlimited, a Swiss company specialized in event organization and economic promotion. With the success of its 2017 edition, which welcomed almost 1,200 business leaders from Africa and the world, the AFRICA CEO FORUM has established itself as the main international event for the African private sector to discuss the continent's development in a highly professional environment ideal for business networking. The 2018 edition is co-hosted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC, part of the World Bank Group).