Program: RAF 2023

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The theme of this 9th edition is “Revolution in African financial systems, blending authenticity and modernity: Pathways to financial inclusion”

Friday October 20th, 2023 – BUSINESS COCKTAIL
With the support of Lydia Mutyebele, Alderwoman – Equal Opportunities, City of Brussels.
Location: Brucity
Rue des Halles 4, 1000 Brussels

6:30 - 7:00 p.m.Reception and registration of participants
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.Welcome Networking Business Cocktail

- Speech by Paule Renée Etogo-Ebongue, General Delegate of the Rebranding Africa Forum
- Speech by Bridgette Motsepe, Pan African Parliament Goodwill Ambassador
- Speech by Basile Tchakounte, Secretary General of the African Fund for Guarantee and Economic Cooperation (FAGACE)
- Speech by Emmanuel Wafo, Managing Director of Mit Chimie
- Speech by Samba Bathily, Founder and chairman of ADS Group
- Speech by Lydia Mutyebele Ngoi, Alderwoman for Housing, Public Heritage, and Equal Opportunities in Brussels

Saturday October 21st, 2023 – FORUM
Location: Double Tree By Hilton
3 Rue Gineste, 1210 Brussels

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.Reception and registration of participants
8:45 - 9:00 a.m.Forum’s Opening Ceremony and Welcome speech

Thierry Hot, President of The Rebranding Africa Forum
9:00 - 9:40 a.m.Opening Remarks

- Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol,
CEO, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)
Acting CEO, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)
- George Agyekum Donkor, President & Chairman, the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID)
- Abbas Mahamat Tolli, Governor of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC)
- Kanayo Awani, Executive Vice President, Intra-African Trade Bank, African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank)
- André Flahaut, Minister of State, the Kingdom of Belgium

9:50 - 10:10 a.m.Presidential Conversation with Our Guest of honor H.E Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone

Moderator: Didier Acouetey CEO, AfricSearch
10:20 - 11:20 a.m.Panel 1
Financing models of African economies. Inventory and perspectives

- Abdoul Salam Bello, Executive Director, Afrique Group II, World Bank
- Isabelle Bébéar, Director of International Relations, BPI France
- Adalgisa Barbosa Vaz, Deputy Minister of Business Development, Ministry of Finance and Business Development, Republic of Cape Verde
- Jean Van Wetter, Managing Director, Belgian Development Agency (ENABEL)

Moderator: Alain Blaise Batongué, Director of Institutional Affairs, Orange Cameroon
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.Conversation with
Felix Edoh Kossi Amenounve,
CEO, Regional Stock Exchange (BRVM)

Moderator: Lynda Aphing-Kouassi, CEO, Kazeine
12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Panel 2
Fintechs and financial inclusion in Africa

- Omer Gatien Maledy, Executive Secretary, Interprofessional Council of Cocoa and Coffee in Cameroon (CCIC)
- Fatimatou Ousmanou, Co-founder, Tap-Tap Send Cameroon
- Woumarou Boube Mourindi, Finance Director, Vista Bank Group
- Natasha Dimban, Africa Expert, the Fintech Observatory
- Audrey Alevina, Founding Partner at Dhow Kimura (African Commodity Trade Finance Fund)

Moderator: Anne-Marie Dias Borges, Journalist
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.Conversation with
Patrice Melom,
Managing Director, Port Authority of Kribi (PAK)

Moderator: Anne-Marie Dias Borges, Journalist
1:35 - 2:35 p.m.Lunch Break

Simon Tiemtoré, Chairman Lilium Capital & Vista Bank Holding
2:45 - 3:00 p.m.Conversation with
Tahirou Barry, Chief Financial Officer of Ports and Terminals, Member of the Executive Committee of Africa Global Logistics (AGL)

Moderator: Simon Pierre Etoundi, Chief Editor of Notre Afrik Magazine
3:10 - 4:25 p.m.Panel 3
Banking the Future: Rethinking Traditional Institutions

- Richard Evina Obam, Managing Director, Deposit & Consignment Fund of Cameroon (CDEC)
- Bijou Tshiunza, CEO, MICRODEV
- Lacina Koné, CEO Smart Africa
- DJIBOM Lossou Galé, General Coordinator of the Finance and Investment Department of the BOAD
- Aristide Ouattara, Risk Advisor & Financial Industry Leader, Deloitte Francophone Africa

Moderator: Léocadie Ebakissé, CEO, Talents Awake
4:35 p.m.Closing Remarks

Dr Sidi Ould Tah, President of Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
4:50 p.m.Closing speech

Saturday October 21st, 2023 – GALA DINNER
Location: Le Châtelain Brussels Hotel
Rue du Châtelain, 17, 1000 Brussels

7:30 - 8:00 p.m.Reception and installation
8:00 - 11:30 p.m.Rebranding Africa Awards Gala Evening