Convening Leaders

The Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) was launched in 2015 as part of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, a pan-Africa program designed to accelerate the development of a globally competitive media and financial reporting sector, and to promote transparency, accountability and investment in Africa. ABMI is a unique convening that brings together media owners, c-suite executives, and senior thought leaders from business, government, philanthropy, and civil society. Together, participants share best practices, emerging trends and company strategies that deliver value to their audiences, build brands, attract capital, and allocate resources wisely. In recent years ABMI has been held in Senegal, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, last year’s in-person gathering has been postponed until November 2022. Given the current economic climate in Africa due to the pandemic, and the rapid and unprecedented shifts in the media sector, we will instead convene leading voices in media, business and government virtually.

In the lead up to the in-person ABMI 2022 convening, this year Bloomberg’s ABMI Conversations will explore the theme, Investment Trends and in Sustainable Media: Revenue, Innovation & the Public Interest; in particular, the conversations will examine:

  • Indicators for an economic recovery in Africa and globally
  • Current and emerging economic and business trends shaping Africa and globally
  • The disruptive factors in the media and the implications for new technologies
  • Navigating capital markets to sustain journalism and media: what are investors looking for in assessing media company investments?
  • Telecommunications infrastructure, financing, and untapped market potential
  • Optimizing the role of government in creating a thriving media environment
  • Understanding the (hidden) socio-economic costs of misinformation and disinformation
  • The impact of media on the investment climate, economic growth and public policy

The Africa Business Media Innovators Conversations will open with a global economic forecast, centered around Africa, presented by Matt Winkler, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News, followed by our first Conversation with Sim Tshabalala, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Bank Group, focused on the global economy and investment outlook for Africa, including the banking sector’s transition to digital, and the green economy.

Date: January 24, 2022
Time: 2pm GMT | 9:00am EST
Duration: 60 minutes

Please RSVP here to attend.

The Africa Business Media Innovators is hosted by Bloomberg Media CEO Scott Havens, Bloomberg News Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus, Matthew Winker, and Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Director, Erana Stennett.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, BMIA has provided past forum attendees with valuable information from Africa and globally to help them understand, report on and provide public education about COVID-19.

ABMI is generously supported by Bloomberg, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) 2020

“Africa will build back faster by harnessing and better managing its natural resources, including minerals, metals, biodiversity, blue economy, forests, resources, agriculture or gas in order to boost domestic savings…More transparent governance must form a key component of financing Africa’s growth.”
–Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank

“Covid-19 has helped us accelerate the movement from the hard copy to the digital platform…we are so excited of the movement in terms of technology…the pace was very slow in Ghana, COVID-19 helped us to move to digital paid subscriptions.…”
–Dr. Edith Dankwa, CEO, Business and Financial Times Limited

“It is the most dynamic I have seen the media business…as hard as this year has been, it has been one of the most dynamic, challenging in a good way, stimulating and innovative time for our business and media as a whole….we are living in an era of change….”
–Almar Latour, CEO, Dow Jones and Company

“Suddenly everyone has recognized how important it is to have reliable information in a crisis, particularly in an age in which we’re seeing so much misinformation that can actually cost people their lives if they if they get the wrong information.”
–Heba Aly, Director, The New Humanitarian

“The pandemic has fast-tracked technological innovation, which will be a key driver of South Africa’s and the continent’s economic recovery. As Africans we have to begin to look into being able to the use the African Continental Free Trade Agreement to become innovative, to invest into developing our own technology and trade among ourselves.”
–Honorable Pinky Kekana, Deputy Minister of Communications, South Africa

“Interesting findings [in the ABMI 20 Innovator Chats report] that are inspiring us to do follow-up stories for our audiences. Thanks for sharing.”-
–Christian Amoadu Ohen, Editor Adom FM

“COVID 19 has been apt testimony to the old adage of ‘let no crisis go to waste’ taking advantage of opportunities as they presented themselves as advertising budgets had shrunk, rendering bigger, legacy media organizations less viable propositions for advertisers, creating space for media start-ups to exploit.”
–Bilal Randeree, Program Director for Africa and MENA, Media Development Investment Fund

“We have an obligation to ensure that truth prevails and that we have responsible journalism, because all these falsehoods actually a danger to society.”
–Pamella Sittoni, Executive Editor Nation Media Group

“I’m optimistic about the fact that (the media) was declared an essential service. And we’ve seen that people turn to us for quality, trusted information in this time and we’ve managed to hold on to a lot of those readers.”
–Styli Charalambous, Publisher and CEO, The Daily Maverick

“The forum was great, the topics relevant and current. It gave me a lot of hope for the future.”
–Survey respondent