Press Release : African economic sovereignty takes center stage at the Choiseul Africa Business Forum 2023
21 Nov 2023

Press Release : African economic sovereignty takes center stage at the Choiseul Africa Business Forum 2023

The 4th edition of the Choiseul Africa Business Forum, held in Casablanca on November 16 and 17, 2023, took place under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, in partnership with the Casablanca-Settat Region and the General Confederation of Moroccan Entreprises (CGEM), on the theme of African economic sovereignty.

Organized for the second time in Morocco, this key event for the African business world showcased the Kingdom’s modern economic influence, and honored Benin by highlighting its political and economic model, notably through a speech by Ms Mariam Chabi TALATA, Vice-President of the Republic of Benin.


Economic sovereignty in Africa was the central theme of the 4th Choiseul Africa Business Forum. The exchanges and discussions highlighted the many opportunities that the African continent offers, as well as the aspirations of populations and governments to achieve true economic sovereignty for the continent. In addition, these dialogues fostered the emergence of concrete solutions, notably in the fields of agri-food value chains, private mega-projects in infrastructure, innovative financial systems, as well as public-private partnerships (PPP) and inter-regional

Alongside this prolific program, the Choiseul Africa Awards ceremony rewarded economic and social players who had distinguished themselves through high value-added projects. Four trophies were awarded: Entrepreneur of the Year to Mr Abdullahi BASHIR HASKE, Group Managing Director of AA&R Investment Group; Digital Talent of the Year to Mr Sangu DELLE, Chairman and CEO of Care Point and Golden Palm Investment; Woman of the Year to Ms Mia LAHLOU FILALI, Managing Director of Pharma 5 and the Grand Prix Choiseul to Ms Fatma SAMOURA, Secretary General of FIFA.


Well known for bringing together leading personalities, the Forum welcomed no fewer than 800 top decision-makers from Africa, Europe and the Gulf States. These leaders provided a forum for expert exchanges during panels focusing on the growth of the African continent.

Among them were: Ms Mariam Chabi TALATA, Vice-President of the Republic of Benin; Ms Nadia FETTAH ALAOUI, Minister of Economy and Finance of Morocco; Mr Shegun BAKARI, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Benin; Ms Leila BENALI, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development of Morocco; Mr Paul TASONG NJUKANG, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, in charge of Planning, of Cameroon; Abdellatif MAZOUZ President, Casablanca-Settat Region; Mr. Chakib ALJ, President, General Confederation of Moroccan Entreprises (CGEM); Mr. Letondji BEHETON, Managing Director, Société d’Investissement et de Promotion de l’Industrie (SIPI-Bénin)…

Once again this year, the Choiseul Africa Business Forum brought together its community of African laureates and top international executives in Casablanca, creating an environment conducive to meetings and exchanges on major African economic issues. See you next year in Casablanca for the 5th edition of this must-attend forum!


The Choiseul Africa Initiative brings together all the activities initiated and supported by the Institut Choiseul aimed at Africa. These were launched in 2014 with the creation of the Choiseul 100 Africa, which identifies and then networks, every year since then, the 200 most talented African business leaders under the age of forty of their generation.

Today, Choiseul Africa represents a unique, Africa-wide network of some 700 Choiseul 100 Africa laureates and alumni, covering 49 of the continent’s 54 countries.

Eager to go further in promoting Africa and in its role as a player in bringing Africa and Europe closer together, Choiseul Africa has been organizing the Choiseul Africa Business Forum since 2019. Dedicated to developing business opportunities in and with Africa, each edition of this major investment forum brings together several hundred of the continent’s most influential decision-makers and senior business leaders around operational panels that put Africa at the heart of the debates.

Lastly, launched in 2022, the Choiseul Africa Awards honor and spotlight those whose economic and social commitment has made a real impact on the continent.

The Choiseul Africa Business Forum and the Choiseul Africa Awards, drawing on Choiseul’s in-depth expertise in the dynamics underpinning African growth, reinforce Choiseul Africa’s status as a key player in understanding the issues of economic governance on the African continent and its dialogue with the rest of the world, primarily Europe.

Benefiting from the trust of its institutional and strategic partners (Casablanca-Settat Region, Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc, Government of the Republic of Benin, Beninese Ministry of Economy and Finance), Premium and official partners (Africa Guarantee Fund, BSA Group, Dassault Systemes, Engie, Global Sovereign Advisory, MIPIM, Orange, AHK, APIEx, Bpifrance, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations du Bénin, CNP-PPP, EBCAM, GPF, GDIZ, Janngo, L’Oreal, ODDO BHF, On Location, Onepoint, Petale, Réseau CHEDE, Skema Business School, TABC, Vicat), the Choiseul Africa Business Forum 2023 once again confirms its status as a platform for creating wealth and strengthening cooperative ties.

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