The 2010 Africa investor (Ai – www.africa-investor.com) Investment and Business Leader Awards will take place in Washington DC tomorrow (8 October), as part of the Africa activities planned for the World Bank Annual Meeting. The reception, which will recognize leaders at the forefront of improving Africa’s investment climate, will be in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Ai describes itself as “a leading international investment research and communications group”.
Earlier Ai will hold its annual Africa investor Investment Climate Summit held in partnership with the World Bank Group. Summit partners and sponsors include: The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa; Interbrand Sampson; Thomson Reuters; Harith; Databank Group, the International Finance Corporation (IFC); First Bank of Nigeria Plc, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); Corporate Council for Africa; Canada African Business Council; The NEPAD Business Group, Emerging Markets Private Equity Association; Afrika Verein Der Deutschen Wirtschaft; The China Africa Business Council, Bunengi Holdings and the Whitaker Group, says Ai.
The awards categories include: i) Best Initiative in Support of SMEs and the MDGs; ii) Investment Climate Initiative of the Year; iii) Bank of the Year; iv) Carbon Finance Initiative of the Year; v) Venture Capital/Private Equity Deal of the Year; vi) Employer and Human Capital Investor of the Year; vii) Institutional Investor of the Year; viii) Investment Promotion Agency of the Year; ix) Leadership in Sustainable Investment in Africa; x) Africa’s Innovation Leader of the Year; xi) Africa’s Leading Woman in Business; xii) International Business Leader of the Year; xiii) Up-and-Coming Future Leader of the Year and xiv) African Finance Minister of the Year.
Hubert Danso, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Africa investor, said in a press release: “We feel it is critically important to showcase Africa’s investment successes with the same vigour we responsibly advise on potential investment risks. These Africa investor Awards, the longest-standing international awards of their kind, go a long way to ensuring that Africa’s investment achievements are publicized internationally and serve as inspiration to future African leaders.”