Africa has staked its position as the cornerstone of the world’s future. The continent is now positioned to be the most important driver of global business with a $2.5 trillion market opportunity. The Global Africa Business Initiative is designed to highlight opportunities on the continent where every sector of the economy from manufacturing to agriculture to services to finance is on a growth trajectory. The environment is primed for ambitious plays, for an infusion of creative and decisive moves for economic growth and sustainable development.

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What an incredible 2 days we had at the inaugural GABI event - our thanks to all who joined at Cipriani’s and the thousands who watched online.

The event ended with UN Deputy Secretary General and host of GABI, Amina J Mohammed, calling on partners in government, industry, and philanthropy to contribute toward a vision of sustainable, equitable growth; and to accelerate business opportunities on the African continent.

“The solidarity we're looking for in the world will come home to roost, and it will be in Africa. Right now, the leadership and the solutions are coming from the continent," said Ms. Mohammed.

You can watch her full speech below.

The event brought together business, non-profit, political, media and cultural leaders to create a new growth roadmap and realize the immense, untapped business and investment opportunities offered by the $2.5 trillion African market. And together we will make Africa Unstoppable.

Follow all the latest information on and and please continue the conversation on social media using #UnstoppableAfrica.

Organised by
UN Global Compact'
Supported by
The Rockefeller Foundation'
MasterCard Foundation'
Sustainable Energy For All'
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António Guterres
UN Secretary General
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Amina J. Mohammed
UN Deputy Secretary-General
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H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat
Chairperson, African Union Commission
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Melinda Gates
Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Strive Masiyiwa
Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet Group
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Sanda Ojiambo
Assistant Secretary-General and CEO, UN Global Compact
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Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Director General of The World Trade Organization
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Bela Bajaria
Head of Global TV, Netflix
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Ruth Porat
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Google and Alphabet
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Benedict Oramah
President of the African Export and Import Bank
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Dr. Senait Fisseha
Director, Global Programs, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
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Darren Walker
President, Ford Foundation
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Brad Smith
President Microsoft
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Dr. James Manyika
Senior Vice President, Technology and Society, Google-Alphabet
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Adam Silver
NBA Commissioner
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Angelique Kidjo
Grammy Award Winning Artist, Batonga Co-Founder and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
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Victoria Rubadiri
GABI Host and Anchor Citizen TV
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Dr James Mwangi
Group MD and CEO of Equity Group Holdings
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Masai Ujiri
President, Toronto Raptors
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Honorable Eric Adams
Mayor of New York City
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H.E. Wamkele Mene
Secretary-General of the AfCFTA Secretariat
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Acha Leke
Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company
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Julie Gichuru
Mastercard Foundation
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Wawira Njiru
Founder and Executive Director, Food for Education
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Oluwatosin Ajibade (Mr Eazi)
Grammy Award Winning artiste/Founder & CEO, emPawa Africa
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Didier Drogba
Former Footballer