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Future of Trade and Infrastructure as an Economic Development Engine in Africa


Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman & CEO, DP World
H.E. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President, Republic of Malawi
Juliana Olayinka, London Bureau Chief, Channels Television


with Patron Programming Sponsor

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“Africa is the world’s biggest untapped market and you need the infrastructure that will bring the world to this beautiful continent.” 

– H.E. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera

“Development will only happen if you have governance enforced by free trade agreements.”

– Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem

“Quality infrastructure is a huge issue, particularly with what’s happening with extreme weather patterns.” 

– Juliana Olayinka

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Sustainable development is crucial for Africa as it plays a significant role in improving human development and reducing poverty, and it aligns with the achievement of the development goals. 
  • Africa faces infrastructural challenges such as inadequate road networks and the presence of landlocked regions, necessitating innovative solutions and increased investment. 
  • Given the climate emergency and extreme weather patterns, it is imperative that private sector players prioritize the construction of quality and sustainable infrastructure projects on the continent. 
  • There is a pressing need for reform in global financial systems to support infrastructure projects in Africa, with a focus on prioritizing funding for road, rail, digital, and energy infrastructures to unlock Africa’s trade and commerce potential.