BNP Paribas Fortis : Decrypting African Economies in 2023 – Guest Speaker : Guy GWETH

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[ACCI-CAVIE] For this Academy Café, the ‘Friends of Africa‘ community and the economists Koen De Leus & Philippe Gijsels of BNP Paribas Fortis, invited Guy GWETH to give us a 360° view on the African economies.

GWETH will offer a reading grid at the crossroads of geopolitics, economic intelligence, political science, international trade and power strategies to understand the dynamics underway on the continent.

Firstly, the grid decrypts the genesis and evolution of African states, from the Berlin Conference (1885) to the African Continental Free Trade Area (1994 & 2022), via the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (the OAU – 1963).

In a second step, it presents the strengths and weaknesses of African economies.

It concludes by decrypting the new threats and opportunities to which international economic operators are exposed.

The keynote of Mr Gweth will be preceded by some interventions done by Chantal Kamatari (Friends of Africa), Koen De Leus (Chief Economist at BNP Paribas Fortis) and Philippe Gijsels (Chief Strategist at BNP Paribas Fortis).

After the keynote, Chantal will moderate the panel discussion with the three speakers.


Guy GWETH has been in charge of the “Doing Business in Africa” program at Centrale Supelec Paris and the EM Business School Lyon, for 11 years.
He is the president of the “Centre africain de veille et d’intelligence économique” and also the founder of Knowdys Consulting Group, a consultancy in strategic intelligence, due diligence and business intelligence in Africa.
Besides that he is the Legal representative of the “Association fédérale des PME allemandes” in Benin, Cameroon, Gabon and Tog and the author of several books including “70 chroniques de guerre économique en Afrique” and more recently “Doper la Francophonie économique”.

Language: French and English
Duration conference: 2 hours

Source : BNP Paribas