The CIB is always excited when students join together and propose an event that is relevant and compelling. In the spring of 2011, a group of Tuck students interested in Africa made their case for some programming featuring this dynamic continent. Consider these statistics: Over the past decade, Africa’s real GDP (across nations and sectors) grew by 4.7% a year, on average — twice the pace of its growth in the 1980s and 1990s. By 2009, Africa’s collective GDP of $1.6 trillion was roughly equal to Brazil’s or Russia’s. In fact, in the recent global recession, Africa and Asia (with the exception of Japan) were the only 2 continents that experienced growth.
So, with Tuck students at the helm of helping to coordinate this event, the Center for International Business and the Tuck Africa Club will present Africa Highlight Week February 20-23, 2012.
This series of three events will explore some of the reasons why there is still hesitation when it comes to investing in Africa, in spite of the growth potential that appears to be on the African horizon. Our panelists and speakers will provide valuable insights into some of the business risks, discuss the balance between profits and social responsibility, and talk frankly about their personal experiences on the continent. Africa Highlight Week programs are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.