More than 600 people are expected in Côte d’Ivoire’s business capital Abidjan for the Next Fintech Forum, the leading fintech gathering in Francophone Africa. This year, it will take place on 22 and 23 November 2022 at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
According to the organizers, the 2022 edition will feature a market intelligence space that will give fintech leaders access to insights from more than 15 countries. In addition, a market entry space will be the go-to place for information on fintech licensing processes and business practices.
The Next Fintech Forum will also host a preview of the Smart Village, Blockchain & Crypto Expo and Open Finance conferences, all scheduled to take place in 2023. It’s a source of inspiration for startups and investors alike, with a lineup of speakers from business, government and academia shaping the local and regional fintech agenda.
Modibo Samaké, an advisor to the prime minister of Côte d’Ivoire, notes that the country has become a “privileged meeting point” for the world’s best fintech players.
He says, “With 8% growth over ten years, the country is in perfect economic shape, which opens the Ivorian economy to the world. Although this growth has experienced a 2% decline due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it will rebound to 6% from 2021.”
According to Ventureburn organizers, the forum will also help potential entrepreneurs better market themselves, find funding and connect with other players in the ecosystem. This, as regulators, will also come together to understand better the latest business and technological changes affecting the fintech sector.
The Next Fintech Forum, formerly known as the Africa Fintech Forum, has become a recognized voice, particularly in French-speaking Africa. Last year’s event was attended by 600 people in person and another 500 virtual participants worldwide. The forum featured more than 50 sponsors, 40 exhibitors and 30 speakers.