AWIEF Announces The Launch of Its Annual Conference

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has announced a stellar speaker line-up for the 8th edition of its annual conference and awards taking place on 26 and 27 September in Cairo.

AWIEF chose to hold its award-winning conference, expo, and award ceremony in North Africa for the first time, in partnership with Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation (MOIC) and Egyptian Businessmen’s Association (EBA). 60 industry experts across business, international development, and government are hosted to share their insights and thought leadership.

This year’s edition is entitled “Advancing Africa through gender integration”. The event aims to promote and accelerate MSMEs growth for Africa’s inclusive economic growth and brings together the African entrepreneurs for discussions on entrepreneurship, leadership, technology and innovation, sustainability, intra-African trade, finance and investment, energy and infrastructure, and agriculture and food security.

The list of high-level AWIEF2022 keynote speakers includes Dalia Ibrahim, Chief Executive Officer, Nahdet Misr Publishing House and Founder of EdVentures; Amany Asfour, President, Africa Business Council; Chinyere Almona, Director-General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI); and Marieme Esther Dassanou, Manager, Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA), African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

According to Minister Rania Al-Mashat, “The hosting of AWIEF2022 in Egypt reflects Egypt’s keenness and support for empowering women and enhancing their economic participation and important roles in innovation and entrepreneurship to achieve sustainable development. Such a step also reflects the state’s pivotal roles and national efforts on women empowerment to strengthen women’s contribution to the labor markets.”

On the other hand, “The theme for this year’s AWIEF event is inspired by the fact that no conversation about empowerment or entrepreneurship can, or should, exclude either women or men. Gender diversity and inclusion are vital for Africa’s economic growth”, said the Founder and CEO of AWIEF, Irene Ochem.

She added that a lot of progress has been made, but there is still a lot of work to be done, especially about access to finance for women entrepreneurs, access to markets, skills training, and networks. Egypt is at the forefront of the African entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem, and we are going to learn and connect with those driving this growing economy and other African economies.

Egypt’s PM Follows up With Int’l Cooperation Min. Preparations For 2nd Edition of Egypt-ICF

Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouli, met on Sunday with International Cooperation Minister, Rania el Mashat , to follow up on current preparations for the second edition of the Egypt-International Cooperation Forum (Egypt-ICF) that is scheduled to kick off under the patronage of  President  Abdel Fattah El Sisi. The event will take place during the period from 7 to 9 September in the New Administrative Capital City.

During the meeting, Mashat briefed Madbouli on efforts exerted by the International Cooperation Ministry in cooperation with related ministries and bodies to reach good outcomes, pointing to high-level international participation of climate activists, heads of financial institutions, and UN officials.

She also highlighted that the event would be held in the presence of African Ministers to share constructive insights about climate action, mixed finances, food security, and the green economy. The Forum will be held only 60 days before the launch of the COP27.

The forum will include four roundtables on national efforts to support climate action and six discussion panels on topics related to sustainable development, eight workshops on challenges faced by efforts of green transition regionally and internationally.

Mashat also stated that the forum would shed light on Egypt’s efforts in support of positive climate action, referring to the launch of NWFE, a platform for green projects.

The meeting of African Ministers of Economy, Finance, and Environment will also take place as one of the forum’s proceedings to unify their efforts for positive climate action as well as prepare for National Financial Awareness Day.

The Egyptian ministries of international cooperation, finance, and foreign affairs are collaborating with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to organize this meeting.

Madbouli stressed the importance of this forum, highlighting that its success is a must.