FCAEC to focus on sustainable economic advancement and business innovation


The inaugural Full Circle Africa Economic Conference(FCAEC), a global conference designed to transform the socioeconomic development narrative of Africa, has been slated to take place between December 28 and 29, 2023 in Accra, Ghana.

The conference, which is to be chaired by the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, will focus on sustainable economic advancement and business innovation, and would be attended by international dignitaries, business leaders, activists, academiaand entertainment icons.

Co-Founder, cum Entrepreneur/Actor, of FCAEC, Boris Kodjoe, who announced the event, indicated that it is a follow-up to the Full Circle’s Festival Year of Return event that took place in 2019.

“This year’s FCAEC launch event will build on Full Circle’s mission to position Africa as a premier destination for global investment,” he said.

The FCAEC is expected to convene 50 of the most prominent international business leaders, activists, academics and entertainment icons. The gathering will provide a platform for thought leadership discussions on Africa’s economic challenges and opportunities, and to develop strategies to invest in business on the continent.

It also presents an important opportunity to explore topics like counteracting old stereotypical narratives about Africa, education infrastructure, STEM entrepreneurship, infrastructure and connectivity, sustainability, emerging technologies and fintech, engaging the African diaspora and other themes.

Through a combination of panel discussions, keynote presentations, and interactive sessions, the conference will generate new ideas and commitments that will serve as a catalyst to building a more resilient and sustainable African economy.

“With a burgeoning ecosystem of bright minds, entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to solving real-world problems, Africa is poised to redefine the global economic landscape.

The diversity of ideas and the resilience of innovators across the continent, combined with a young and dynamic population, position Africa not just a hub but a catalyst for shaping the next wave of transformative breakthroughs that will have a profound purpose and impact on the world,” he emphasised.

He expressed gratitude to Sand Technologies, AFREXIMBANK and all other sponsors for their collaboration and generous support.

Key Speakers for the Event

Among the notable keynote speakers is Fred Swaniker, winner of a 2023 TIME100 Impact Award and a key figure in the movement to reshape Africa’s economic and technology ecosystems.

Swaniker has built a network of innovative high-tech institutions throughout the continent that are on track to train 200,000 AI, data science and software-engineering professionals annually who will deliver critical technology projects for leading global enterprises.

The next generation of AI experts will come from Africa. That pivot is already underway, with some of the continent’s sharpest minds working with us right now to solve the world’s toughest AI and software challenges,” said Swaniker. “Global companies considering how to build a competitive advantage in this digital age should be building their technology workforce in Africa.”

Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export–Import Bank(AFREXIMBANK) and Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2023, will also be participating.

He is committed to empowering African governments, businesses, and communities to realize a more stable, prosperous future in a post- African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

At AFREXIMBANK, we are committed to making the work for all. The renewed reawakening of a global Africa that is sprouting across the diaspora and among African communities, needs to convert aspirations into tangible economic gains, creating business opportunities, and building bridges that connect Africans across the oceans.

FCAEC 2023 will serve as a platform and a vibrant showcase of Africa’s immense trade potential, cultural richness, and entrepreneurial spirit and will lay the building blocks for a more prosperous and interconnected African & Diaspora economy,” said Prof. Oramah.

About Full Circle LLC 

Full Circle launched in 2018 with the Full Circle Festival Year of Return, which endeavored to reconnect the African Diaspora to the continent and to change the narrative about Africa. In 2019, President Nana Akufo-Addo credited the event for playing an instrumental role in generating roughly $1.6B for the Ghanaian economy as well as significantly boosting tourism. With the FCAEC, it is furthering its mission to position Africa as a premier destination for global investment.

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