About us

The EF Africa Regional Conference will bring together leaders in government, business and academia with the objective of discussing the progress of implementation of Africa Continental Free Trade Area and developing concrete ideas that can take the Africa Continental Free Trade Area forward with the private sector taking the lead.

Second, this conference will provide a platform for participants, particularly African Fellows to reflect on innovative ways of leveraging global partnerships within the EF global network, to support the effective implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement

our program

Day 1 June 14, 2019
Day 2 June 15, 2019
Day 3 June 16, 2019

Session 1: One Africa

07am to 9am


Networking Coffee

09am to 10am

Conference Opening

10am to 11am

Realising an integrated Africa

Beyond the Signing of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area : What is the progress and challenges of implementing the Africa Continental Free Trade Area?

Presenter: Africa Union

11am to 11am 30

Coffee Break

Session 2: Trade and Investment

11.30am to 1.00pm

Expanding intra African Trade

Moderator : Leonard Mungarulire, EF Fellow, Rwanda
Panel discussion

  • The role of the private sector in realising the objectives of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area

  • How can we expand intra African trade?

  • How can we enhance competitiveness at the industry and enterprise level

1pm to 2pm


Session 3: The future of work and its impact on youth and unemployed

2pm to 3pm

Skills development for the Future of Work in Africa

Moderator : Maria Sarungi – Tsehai, EF Fellow, Tanzania

Panel discussion

  • What needs to be done differently to prepare youth for the future of work

  • What is the impact of technology on the future of work?

  • What skills will be required in the future due to the impact of technology?

  • How can African countries best prepare themselves and the youth for these changes?

3pm to 6pm

Coffee break and networking

7pm – 10pm

Welcome Gala Dinner

  • Welcome cocktail

  • Speech - Government of Rwanda official

  • Speech - EF Board Member

  • Cultural dance

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