BCA and Invest Africa pen partnership

Invest Africa and The Business Council for Africa (BCA) reached an agreement to form a strategic partnership in June 2017 with the aim of enhancing a responsible and profitable private sector which has a crucial role to play in Africa’s development.

Robert Hersov (CEO, Invest Africa) and Arnold Ekpe (Honorary President of BCA and Former CEO of EcoBank Africa)

Eddie Kadi (Actor and Comedian), James Woods-Nkhutabasa and Robert Hersov

Robert Hersov and Karen Taylor (CEO of BCA and joint initiative)

On 18 July, the two organisations arranged a high level reception to formally announce the news to their members.

The gathering was hosted in collaboration with the globally renowned law firm Mischon de Reya at its aptly named Africa House office in London.

The event was attended by over 200 guests with a key interest in the development of the continent.

The partnership will be overseen by South African and Invest Africa founder Rob Hersov, the Nigerian former CEO of EcoBank, honorary BCA president Arnold Ekpe. Karen Taylor will lead the new alliance as CEO.

Taylor said:“Together the Business Council for Africa and Invest Africa will be the leading platform for business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs doing business in Africa. It is today, the largest African focused private sector trade and investment network.”

James Woods-Nkhutabasa who serves as a Malawi Country Director and Advisor for the organisation said: “The narrative of a rising Africa is long gone, it has risen. Africa is home to many of the world’s fastest growing economies.

“What is required is good governance, accountability and collaboration to really see the fruits of our continent. This partnership is definitely a giant step in the right direction.’’

He added further: “Businesses in Malawi and Africa as whole should utilize the platforms that these two organisations have created to foster a nature of collaboration and sharing of business ideas to drive trade and investment.’’

BCA has been established for over 60 years with a strong heritage and reputation for connecting the private sector with trade and investment opportunities across the continent.

IA was founded in 2013 by Robert Hersov as a platform for business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. With offices in London, New York, Dubai, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Geneva it has established an invaluable network of decision makers across top global organisations.

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