14 September 2017
Renaissance Capital hosts 3rd Annual East Africa Investor Conference

Nairobi, 14 September 2017 - Renaissance Capital, a leading emerging and frontier markets investment bank, has opened its 3rd Annual East Africa Investor Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

The conference, held between 13-15 September 2017, plays host to the world’s largest investors and East Africa’s leading companies from a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, financial services, consumer and retail, and telecoms and media.

The forum is an opportunity for those focused on the East African investment opportunity to interact with the region’s business leaders, prominent policymakers and opinion formers.

On its first day, the conference featured an address by Dr. Patrick Njoroge, Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, followed by a roundtable entitled ‘What Next for Kenya?’, moderated by Renaissance Capital’s Yvonne Mhango, Sub-Saharan Africa Economist, and Charles Robertson, Global Chief Economist. The roundtable participants discussed Kenyan market fundamentals and analysed the political and economic landscape with guest speakers including Geoffrey Odundo, CEO, Nairobi Stock Exchange; Jeremy Awori, CEO, Barclays Kenya, David Ohana, Group Managing Director, KenolKobil and Aly-Khan Satchu, CEO, Rich Management Group.

Christophe Charlier, Chairman, Renaissance Capital, commented: “We are delighted to welcome leading members of the Kenyan and global business and investment communities to our third annual East Africa Investor Conference. We are holding the conference at a historical time in Kenya following the Supreme Court's annulment of the presidential election.  How events develop over the next few weeks will show to other African countries and the world the maturity of Kenyan institutions. At Renaissance Capital, we maintain our keen interest in Kenya and are committed to working with businesses and investors to help drive the country’s continued economic growth."

Charles Robertson, Global Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital, added: “The Kenyan economy remains well-placed as compared to some other frontier economies. Kenya’s currency has strengthened significantly after 2004, and now we see increasing evidence that the country’s investment boost in recent years is delivering the increased transport and electricity infrastructure that the economy needs.”

Renaissance Capital’s 3rd Annual East Africa Investor Conference follows a year in which the Firm has continued to solidify its presence on the continent: in April 2017, Renaissance Capital announced the opening of a new Cairo office at its Egypt Investor Conference in Cape Town, and held its 8th Annual Pan-African Conference in May.