Past eventResearch Event

Africa’s Economic Growth: Transitory or Transformative?

20 April 2012 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Chatham House, London


Razia Khan, Regional Head of Research, Standard Chartered
Joel Kibazo, Founding Partner, JK Associates
Alec Russell, Comment and Analysis Editor, Financial Times
Chair: Alex Vines, Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Africa has for the most-part seen impressive and sustained economic growth over the past ten years, albeit from a low base. This growth has led to increased interest and enthusiasm from a range of international actors, including governments, business and the media, who previously considered Africa in negative and marginal terms.

In this, the first of a series of events to mark ten years of an Africa Programme at Chatham House, a panel of experts will take a longer view of the past ten years and consider Africa’s economic prospects for the coming decade. What factors are underpinning this period of growth, and where has growth been concentrated? Can growth rates be sustained and spread? Or will the current period be seen in retrospect as an over-enthusiastic and unsustainable bubble that actually hindered Africa’s longer term economic prospects?

Registration and coffee reception from 10:00.

This event is part of the Africa Programme's 10th Anniversary Special Event series.