Africa’s tech and finance leaders in Washington D.C. for second Africa Fintech Summit Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 2, 2021


Tech and finance leaders, policy makers, and investors from across Africa and the United States are flying to Washington, DC, for the second Africa Fintech Summit.

The one day summit on April 11, 2019, at the United States Institute of Peace, would see industry experts discuss the future of financial technology in Africa.

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Over $2 billion in private equity and venture capital funding will be represented along with startups from across the continent and representatives from several African central banks.

Focus areas would include the future of banking, venture capital, policy and regulation, blockchain, digital identity, remittances, and financial inclusion.

The AFTS is organized by Dedalus Global, a strategic advisory based in Washington and Lagos, in partnership with PeaceTech Lab, a collaborative project with Amazon Web Services, SAP NS2, and C5.

Organizers say a reception at the PeaceTech Lab—the world’s first accelerator for technologies that promote peace—will follow the Summit. Other strategic partners to the AFTS include the Corporate Council on Africa, the US-Nigeria Council, and the American Business Council.

The AFTS is the premiere global initiative dedicated to fintech in Africa. It is held each April in Washington, DC – ahead of the spring meetings of the World Bank Group – and each November in a different Africa city (most recently Lagos).

Supported by an advisory board of thought leaders and fintech pioneers, the AFTS is a unique space where ideas are explored, investments mobilized, and collaborations formed across sectors and geographies.

The Africa Fintech Summit (AFTS) will open with an address by Jim Ovia, Chairman and Founder of Zenith Bank and one of the continent’s most prominent entrepreneurs.

Other speakers will include Worku Gachou, Managing Director for Africa at OPIC; Olugbenga Agboola, Co-Founder and CEO of Flutterwave; Iyin Aboyeji, serial entrepreneur and founder of Street Capital; Nick Talwar, Partner at APIS; Stanley Jacob, Chairman of the Committee of e-Banking Industry Heads; ‘Lanre Osibona, Senior Advisor on ICT to the President of Nigeria; Bunmi Akinyemiju, CEO of Venture Garden Group; Sheldon Himelfarb, President & CEO of PeaceTech Lab, and others.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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