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Growing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa: Job Creation, Innovation and Industrialization

Chatham House, London


Rory Stewart OBE MP, Minister of State, Department for International Development and Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tony O. Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings
Murray Grant, Managing Director, Intermediated Equity, CDC Group
Henry Thompson, Project Consultant, Africa Programme, Chatham House; Report Author
Dr Gita Honwana Welch, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House; Report Author
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House


Governments and the private sector must work together if the inclusive and sustainable growth and employment objective of the Sustainable Development Goals is to be achieved, and the needs of a rapidly urbanizing and expanding young population are to be met. Widespread job creation requires the creation of new businesses and industries, but most importantly it depends on the ability of small- and medium-sized enterprises to scale-up. Larger companies are more productive and more competitive. This transition requires entrepreneurialism, creativity, and innovation on the part of the businesses, but it also requires an enabling business environment that allows for these enterprises to grow.

This event, which will launch a new Chatham House Africa Programme report on growing businesses of scale in sub-Saharan Africa, will bring together senior policymakers, business representatives, civil society and other experts to discuss opportunities for creating jobs in sub-Saharan Africa through the scaling up of small- and medium-sized enterprise. 

This event is supported by CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution. 


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