Makutano 5: innovation as an economic booster
The fifth edition of Sultani Makutano will take place on 6 and 7 September in Kinshasa. The business club chaired by Nicole Sulu has announced the presence of several current or honorary Presidents of the Republic, international VIPs and some 600 participants. This is clearly a sign of an increase in influence for the "Congolese Think and Do tank".

Boosting competitiveness and growth in the DRC: Innovative levers. It is around this enticing menu that the six hundred participants of the Sultani Makutano International Business Forum will gather at the Kempinski Fleuve Hotel on September 6 and 7. Among the prestigious guests, President Tshisekedi will open the debates by presenting his vision for the DRC at the age of twenty. He will also participate in the "presidential closing", which will close these two days, alongside President Issouphou of Niger and Honorary Presidents Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Mahama of Ghana. 

We also note the presence of French billionaire Xavier Niel, CEO of Illiad (Free télécom), Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumelu, CEO of UBA known for its philanthropic work for young African entrepreneurs, and finally, football star Samuel Eto'o. 

"Imitating the West is not desirable for either the DRC or Africa. We need to find innovative, creative development models that are appropriate for our ecosystems. "said Nicole Sulu, CEO of the Sulu Group and founder of the network. The challenge of this fifth annual forum will therefore be to identify the sectors that have been little or not explored, with a particular focus on sustainable development and innovative financing levers for the State. The obstacles that block the development of certain sectors, including the "sport business" or the art market, will also be analysed.

The question of new technologies and the digitisation of the State will be addressed from the point of view of appropriation by beneficiaries and civil servants. The network insists on the urgent need to put the citizen back at the heart of the project through innovative processes that promote its rapid adaptation to the logic of a State 2.0.

The other challenge from the Makutano is to get rid of what Peter Schwartz calls the African "Conference". It should be noted in passing that the President of the World Economic Forum in Davos, who has expressed his keen interest in the work of the Congolese network, will make a video presentation over the course of the two days. To achieve this objective, Nicole Sulu invites participants to "put emotion to one side and prefer figures, indicators and structured proposals". A round table on benchmarking will allow business intelligence experts to make recommendations on this subject.

Among the highlights of this marathon, a panel of five Congolese governors  will discuss how Makutano’s proactive work is rooted in the territories. "We have begun a program of visits to the provinces in order to better understand the situation on the ground and learn from it. Our recent visit to Goma, for example, confirms that many solutions will come from within," Nicole Sulu told us.      

The thorny issue of the Business Climate will obviously be on the agenda, and the panel devoted to the subject will include the idea launched a few months ago by Albert Yuma, present at this debate, of a "Public Private Pact". Finally, it should be noted that ANAPI, as an official partner, embodies in their DG Anthony Nkinzo the Agency's strong desire to see the forum affirm its openness towards foreign investors.

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