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Economic Growth in Africa: From Bottom Billion to Fastest Billion?

31 October 2012 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Chatham House, London


Charles Robertson, Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital
Jide Olanrewaju, Partner, Satya Capital LLP
Razia Khan, Head of Regional Research, Africa, Standard Chartered
Chair: Komla Dumor, Presenter, Focus on Africa, BBC World News



Recent research by economists and other specialists at Renaissance Capital indicates that nine of the fastest-growing economies are in sub-Saharan Africa. It has found that five of these booming African nations are not associated with either energy or metals exports, suggesting that China’s demand for global commodities cannot be the only reason for this significant improvement. Following a short presentation of the findings, the panel will debate the bold prediction that Africa will surpass Asian tigers to stand out as the economic growth story of the next decade.

LIVE STREAM: This event will be live streamed. The live stream will be made available here at 08:30 BST on Wednesday 31 October

ASK A QUESTION: Send questions for the panel by email to [email protected] or using #askCH on Twitter. A selection will be put to them at the event. 

This event is held in association with Renaissance Capital.

Registration and breakfast will be from 08:00. The main meeting will be from 08:30-09:30.

More information about the book The Fastest Billion from Renaissance Capital.