On Saturday, the city of Tangier hosted the third edition of the African Meeting of Finance Professionals, organised by the Financial Club of the North, in partnership with the professional association of financial directors and management controllers of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).
The theme of the event, which was attended by some fifty African CFOs and management controllers, was “The major challenges facing the finance function in times of crisis: how to prepare, anticipate and act”.
Addressing the meeting, Saloua Lamjahdi, President of the Club des Financiers du Nord, pointed out that the meeting was being organised after being forced to a halt by the succession of health and economic crises. Some fifty African finance directors are taking part, meeting around the same table with their Moroccan counterparts, to discuss a number of issues relating to South-South cooperation, in particular the strategic challenges of financing and legal security.
She added that the objectives of this forum, organised in an international environment characterised by a series of multidimensional crises and uncertainty in the years to come, are multiple, noting that this event aims to enable financiers from the African continent to address a topical issue linked to the major challenges of the finance function in times of crisis, in order to share experiences and draw the necessary lessons.
The meeting, she added, also aims to bring together professionals from the continent’s strategic sectors to discuss sectoral strategies and priority industrial policies for rethinking the business model of African companies, as well as to discuss the priority role that digitalisation must play, not only in the finance function, but in the entire management system of African companies.