Panel discussion: Improving the environment for doing business in Africa

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Introductory presentation by Hon. Xavier Luc Duval (Vice Prime Minister, Mauritius) Panellists: Asad Alam (Regional Director, World Bank), Tshediso Matona (Director General, Department of Public Enterprises), Dr. Wala Chabala (CEO, Zambia Securities and Exchange Commission), and Tom Alweendo (DG, National Planning Commission, Namibia.

  • A productive relationship between government and business is critical to unlocking value in the African context. African governments are making progress towards creating more business friendly environment’s – e.g. according to the World Bank, of the 30 global economies that improved their business regulatory environment the most over the past 5 years, a third were in Africa. More governments are encouraging private investment and, for e.g., implementing public-private partnership structures schemes as a means of financing infrastructure projects. What can be done to build on and accelerate this process, to further encourage investment, cross-border trade and positive economic development, and how can a sustainable, win-win relationship be ensured?