The Founder and Executive Chairman of Africa Prosperity Network (APN), organisers of the Africa Prosperity Dialogues (APD), Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, says the APD 2025 will focus on unearthing innovative ways through which African heads of state, business leaders and the private sector can combine forces to bridge the continent’s infrastructure deficit, and shore up the levels of intra-Africa trade.

Speaking during the launch at the secretariat of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Africa Trade House, in Accra yesterday, Mr Otchere-Darko stressed that investing in continent’s infrastructure space is pivotal in achieving the vision set out in the AfCFTA agreement. He said despite the continent’s potential, its infrastructure gap serves as a more potent blockade.

He revealed that the APD 2025 would be held in Accra from Thursday, 30 January to Saturday, 1 February 2025. It would be on the theme “Delivering Africa’s Prosperity Through Infrastructure: Invest, Integrate, Connect”. It is expected to attract over one thousand participants from across the continent.

He noted that the success of AfCFTA hinges on key enablers, such as energy, water, R&D, ICT, transport & logistics, and the digital economy. This, he indicated, calls for substantial investments in infrastructure that will yield even greater rewards, “enabling  efforts to create a larger pool of good jobs with good pay.”

He emphasised the critical need for concerted efforts to facilitate business activities across Africa, and to provide a conducive environment for the continent’s youth to thrive. He stressed the importance of fostering an environment that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation. According to him, this is essential for unlocking Africa’s vast economic potential, and driving sustainable development.