Past eventResearch Event

Delivering Sustainable Growth in Africa: The Role for International Financial Centres

12 November 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Geoff Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Jersey Finance
Mark Pragnell, Head of Commissioned Projects, Capital Economics
Discussant: Dr Iwa Salami, Senior Lecturer, School of Business and Law, University of East London 
Discussant: Olu Okubanjo, Managing Director, Obsidian Occident
Chair: Alex Vines OBE, Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



International financial centres play a key role in encouraging foreign direct investment and sustainable economic development across the African continent. These services can help fill the investment gap in the African market. 

This event will launch the Capital Economics report Jersey’s Value to Africa, which examines the scope for Africa to grow economically and addresses issues of corruption and illicit activity in the developing world that international financial centres are often accused of perpetrating. The panel will assess the role of international financial centres such as Jersey in sustainable development and the extent to which these centres can be a catalyst for economic growth in Africa.

The event will be followed by an open reception until 20:00.

LIVE STREAM: This event will be live streamed. The live stream will be made available at 17:30 GMT on Wednesday 12 November.