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3rd Annual Women In Africa Summit

The Annual Women In Africa (WIA) Summit takes place on June 27 and 28 in Marrakech.

The Summit is the annual highlight organised on the continent by WIA Initiative. The third edition of the World Summit in Marrakech will gather together young African talents and the decision-makers involved in the day-to-day transformation of the continent. The transversal theme will be "How African women take on the world and create a new paradigm".

Aude de Thuin, Founder and President of WIA Initiative, declared: "With this new edition, Women In Africa initiates a change of paradigm by preparing an original programme that brings up topics that have never been discussed until now, such as the relations between Africa and the other continents, and how African women can influence the entire world."

This meeting, aiming to be both Pan-African and international, is an opportunity to discuss intercontinental topics such as "Africa-Europe: change the relationship for the future", "Africa-Asia dynamics" and "Africa-America: involve America in a new relationship with a more visible Africa". Sessions on climate change, the challenges addressed by the continent, the scientific training of girls and corruption in the region will also be part of the programme this year.

Because women empowerment on the continent is everyone's concern, a "Men with Women" round table will be an opportunity for men who committed to foster and boost women in socio-economic contexts to speak. Alexandre Maymat, Head of International Retail Banking for Africa, the Mediterranean Basin & Overseas, takes part in this panel along with the Morrocan Minister of Industry Moulay Hafid Elalamy, the President of the Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc, Salaheddine Medouar and Badreddine Ouali, CEO of Vermeg (Tunisia).

The highlights of the Summit includes the presentation of the new survey on African women entrepreneurs, conducted by the Roland Berger office and the 54 Project Awards ceremony.

After selecting women in 54 countries (out of over 1,200 applications), 54 Project puts in the spotlight 54 African women entrepreneurs with high potential and will reward 7 of them in the following categories: agriculture, digital, education, FinTech, health, environment and social innovation.

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