23 October 2019
Renaissance Capital to participate in first-ever Russia – Africa Economic Forum

Global Chief Economist Charles Robertson to moderate panel session dedicated to investing in Africa

Renaissance Capital, a leading emerging and frontier markets investment bank, will participate in the first Russia – Africa Economic Forum to be held on 23-24 October in Sochi, Russia on the sidelines on the Russia – Africa summit.

Renaissance Capital’s Global Chief Economist Charles Robertson will moderate a specialist panel session ‘Investing in Africa’, which will focus on growth strategies, challenges and opportunities for the African continent and its individual regions. 

Panelists will include prominent African government officials and businessmen, such as:

  • H.E. Danny Faure – President of the Republic of Seychelles;
  • Bob van Dijk – Group Chief Executive Officer, Naspers;
  • Frank Adu Jr – Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, CalBank Limited;
  • Francis Gatare – Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board;
  • Monica Juma – Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya;
  • H.E. Mohcine Jazouli – Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates;
  • Jean-Fidele Otandault – Minister of Investment Promotion, Public and Private Partnership, Responsible for Improving the Business Climate of the Gabonese Republic;
  • Ahmed Heikal – Founder, Chairman of the Executive Board, Qalaa Holdings.

Charles Robertson, Global Chief Economist, Head of Macro-strategy Unit, Renaissance Capital said: “Renaissance Capital is happy to participate in the Russia – Africa Forum. The continent is one of our core markets, where we see some of the strongest upsides globally. However, to be unlocked this potential requires investment inflows to boost already existing positive trends such as robust demography, improving education, expanding middle class and better access to financial services.”

Renaissance Capital has an established track record in Africa, with 5 local offices and one of the leading distribution platforms. The Firm has pioneered across African markets, having led some of the landmark transactions. It ranks among top 3 brokers on Nigeria, Nairobi and Egypt stock exchanges. Renaissance Capital’s Africa research team delivered robust performance in the 2019 Financial Mail Top Analyst Awards, ranking #4 for overall equity research for the second year in a row. Also, every single one of the Renaissance Capital South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa analysts was rated in the top 3.  

Charles Robertson is a renowned emerging markets specialist and the lead author of ‘The Fastest Billion: The Story Behind Africa’s Economic Revolution’ (2012). He was voted the #1 Frontier analyst in the Extel survey in 2016-2019 and #1 Frontier analyst in Institutional Investor in 2019.