Executive Director of energy conglomerate, Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, will join experts from various global markets to deliberate on harnessing unfolding opportunities in emerging markets at the 2018 Paris Europlace International Financial Forum on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
Billed as one of the largest C-level financial services events in the EU, the forum will take place at the historic Pavillion d’Armenoville. Over 1,500 representatives of corporates, international investors, financial institutions, brokers, law firms and consultants will deliberate on the theme, ‘Europe in a Disruptive World’, including some sessions on how best to navigate, grow and diversify Emerging Capital Markets in a highly dynamic environment.
Cole will deliver the keynote address at the session on: ‘Emerging Disruptive Markets: Driving Innovation and Change.’
The frontline African entrepreneur said emerging markets were witnessing progressive steps towards meeting widely accepted pre-conditions for attracting investments. These include: macroeconomic stability, transparency, diverse investment opportunities, reliable banking systems, robust institutional framework, investor protection as well as adequate Regulation and Supervision.
He noted that investments in emerging markets at this time would strengthen and accelerate the establishment of these pre-conditions, while opening a world of opportunities for good return on investments, economic empowerment and sustainable development.
“International expansion has been crucial to Sahara’s growth strategy over the past two decades. We fully understand the terrain and believe this is the right time for emerging markets to get a definitive look in from institutional and sundry investors to establish first-mover strong footholds on unfolding opportunities,” said Cole, while highlighting possible focus areas for EU investors ahead of the event.
With 2.5 billion people in developing countries deprived of access to formal financial services and more than 200 million small businesses lacking access to the financing they need to grow, expanding access to finance remains a challenge. Digital finance alone could benefit billions of people by spurring inclusive growth that adds $3.7 trillion to the GDP of emerging economies within a decade, according to a recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute.
According to Cole, financial inclusion remained a vital enabler of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in emerging markets. He said Sahara Group was playing a leading role in the implementation of the SDGs through several initiatives and projects that support gender equality and women empowerment, promoting economic growth and jobs, supporting industry, innovation and infrastructure and reducing inequality.
“One of the Sahara Foundation’s interventions that speak to digital inclusion is the Food Africa Project. The Food Africa Project is a collaborative initiative between Sahara Group, United Nation – Sustainable Development Goals-Fund (SDG-F), Roca Brothers and the Kaduna State Government, directed at empowering youth and alleviating poverty through food security. The project provides an opportunity for indigent farmers to access loans and grants through established farmer cooperatives.”
Other key topics which will be covered during the two-day forum include recent developments and trends within the E.U. financial services sphere, coping mechanisms for new global financial challenges and disruptive finance.