Africa Partnership for Growth (APG) Symposium and Awards 2023

The Leading Women of Africa (LWA) Group proudly presents the second edition of the Africa Partnership for Growth (APG) Symposium at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa, on 16-18 November 2023.


  • 16th November 2023: Business Symposium at Assembly IV, Emperors Palace
  • 17th November 2023: Business-to-Business Meetings and Visits
  • 18th November 2023: The Future is Female & Male Champions Awards Ceremony, Senate Room, Emperors Palace

The APG is an annual economic gathering that unites entrepreneurs and decision-makers from the public and private sector to accelerate intra-Africa trade, contributing to Africa’s socio-economic stability and global prominence.


  • Enhanced Business Engagement: Responding to delegate feedback, this year’s APG features one day of business visits between the symposium and awards gala dinner, allowing delegates to explore the city, shop, sightsee, and conduct business.
  • Robust Symposium Program: The 16th will host a dynamic program of speakers and B2B sessions at the opulent Emperors Palace. Delegates will enjoy inclusive tea breaks and a buffet lunch. Group discounted packages are available for the Symposium and Gala Dinner or for the full program.
  • Meaningful Connections: CEOs, entrepreneurs, government officials, academics, investors, and policymakers will connect in one space, facilitating ongoing trade and exchange across the African continent.


In conjunction with the symposium, LWA Group will host the 2023 Future is Female and Male Champions Awards, recognizing outstanding leaders dedicated to gender equality and socio-economic development.


LWA Men Champions Awards is Endorsed by the late Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and honors male leaders contributing to women’s empowerment. Past winners include President Macky Sall of Senegal, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam of Ethiopian Airlines, and other distinguished figures.

The Future is Female Women’s Awards celebrates female leaders as change agents on the continent, these awards recognize women making invaluable contributions to Africa’s socio-economic growth.

Register now at APG 2023, where opportunities bloom, partnerships flourish, and Africa’s potential shines brighter than ever before. Let’s make history together.

Stay tuned for more updates and opportunities. At LWA Group, we’re not just about business; we’re about fostering trade and growth across Africa.


The Leading Women of Africa Group of companies (LWA Group) is a dynamic social enterprise dedicated to driving Africa’s socio-economic transformation. Founded and led by Madelein Mkunu and a team of  entrepreneurial women and men, LWA Group collaborates with diverse stakeholders to create access to economic opportunities and advance women’s leadership across the continent.

LWA Group comprises:

  • LWA Corporate: Connecting members and partners to a pan-African marketplace, facilitating trade and investment.
  • LWA NPC: Offering women access to training, networking events, and personal development opportunities.
  • LWA Institute: Providing high-quality executive education programs for women’s success in business.

 LWA Group Membership Benefits:

  • Discounts on Events and Products
  • Business Support
  • Business Networking Opportunities
  • Exposure to a Global Community
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Investing in the Future: Navigating Global Financial Shifts

Amidst profound global finance and political changes, the rise of de-dollarization and a gold-backed digital economy is captivating attention. Safeguarding assets through investment is gaining importance.

Currency devaluation, seen in the decline of currencies like the South African rand, contrasts with rising gold values. For potential investors eyeing precious metals like gold, starting small and gradually diversifying portfolios is wise. Gold’s liquidity allows easy conversion into different currencies.

Geopolitical tensions impact gold’s price. Recent government gold acquisitions reflect global uncertainties. Central banks hoard gold to preserve value during economic turmoil and amidst a weakening dollar. About one-fifth of the world’s gold is held by central banks.

Experts confirm these trends, but historical context matters; countries differ due to economic and historical factors. Gold serves as a hedge against economic uncertainty, especially during market volatility and inflation. As the world considers a global reset and de-dollarization gains momentum, protecting wealth is vital.

Diversification is key. While retirement plans are good, diversified portfolios manage currency fluctuations better, ensuring steady growth and generational wealth security.

In the present day, Africa is striving for greater control over its gold resources. Collaborative initiatives like the partnership between LWA Corporate and DCX Bullion are working towards facilitating this control through knowledge sharing and investment facilitation. The global gold production reached an approximate figure of 3,000 tons in 2021, with Africa contributing nearly a quarter of that. Notably, West Africa has rapidly emerged as one of the world’s largest gold-producing regions, second only to China. In fact, it now hosts three of the top five gold-producing countries on the African continent.

Post a volatile 2020, African leaders have focused attention on developing regions like West Africa for growth after COVID-19. Despite the efforts and Africa’s vast mineral wealth, it hasn’t significantly improved lives. Governments struggle with economies and jobs and businesses often struggle with  “red tape”,  a lack of security and civil unrest in many of the African countries, often simultaneously.  To benefit citizens, Leaders and other invested stakeholders have the opportunity to work together to reform mineral policies that create a conducive business environment for industry and encourages finance and investment for economic development. In addition the challenge is to educate, inform and encourage individuals to consider investment in the bullion market and creating legacies of wealth for future generations.

The ownership and control of gold are shifting, and for the betterment of the African continent, Africa must increase its ownership of this and other precious resources. The partnership between LWA and DCX aims to disseminate knowledge about gold investments, facilitate these investments, and leverage the extensive pan-African business network of LWA. 

It is worth noting that a number of African countries are ramping up gold exploration and production. In 2022, Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Mali, and Burkina Faso stood out as the largest gold producers in Africa. in the last decade we have witnesses in Sudan, the government unveiling a $3 billion plan for private banks to work with the central bank to buy gold from small-scale miners, offering prices that would make it less attractive to sell on the black market. Meanwhile in the east, a Tanzanian parliamentary report estimated that 90 percent of annual production of informally mined gold is smuggled out of the country. The late John Magufuli (President of Tanzania until 2021) launched a plan to establish hubs where the trade would be formalised by offering access to financing and regulated markets.

At LWA Corporate we are always working towards economic empowerment, focused on women but reaching all stakeholders. If you would like to consult with us or an investment specialist from DCX please email us here.

DCX Bullion offers you the opportunity to become a regular investor. By joining the Monthly Medallion Club you can start stockpiling bullion at fees that suit your specific needs and pocket. Putting a small portion of your savings into bullion every month not only allows you to grow the amount of bullion you personally own, but also offers an investment that is likely to continue growing despite any potential financial or political turmoil. As an added bonus, Monthly Medallion Club Members enjoy free vaulting and insurance for up to R1 million worth of stored bullion.

Invest in your future, today.


Key sources used to inform this article: 

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Reuters https://www.reuters.com/plus/why-central-banks-buy-goldInvestopedia https://www.investopedia.com/articles/forex/10/gold-the-other-currency.asp

August 30, 2023No comments
Empowering Women in Business: A Catalyst for Growth and Inclusivity

Leading Women of Africa Group (LWA Group) proudly advocates for the economic empowerment of women in the business landscape. In recognition of  the end of South Africa Women’s Month and the recent Pan – African Women’s Day,  we reflected on the progress made by women in various sectors through our Future is Female virtual roundtable event held 28 July with the Topic Commemorating the pan-African Women’s Day and it remains clear that fostering women’s entrepreneurship and intra-African trade is key to driving sustainable growth and inclusivity across the continent.

LWA Men Champions and Future is Female Awards: A Collective Vision. We celebrate the LWA Men Champions and Future is Female Awards, acknowledging the shared commitment of male and female leaders across private and public sectors in achieving gender equality. This significant event will unfold during the upcoming African Partnership for Growth (APG) Symposium, Exhibition & Awards taking place 16&17 November 2023 in Johannesburg South Africa, contact us for registration information.

A Legacy of Empowerment. At LWA Corporate, we believe in harnessing the potential of women  in partnership with invested stakeholders as a force for economic transformation. Our commitment extends beyond mere recognition; we actively engage in initiatives that empower women-led businesses through procurement, small and medium-sized enterprise (SMME) support, and facilitation of intra-African trade. We understand that empowering women means empowering economies and communities.

Effective procurement strategies can be game-changers for women entrepreneurs. By linking them with supply chain opportunities, we empower them to showcase their products and services on a broader stage. This not only creates sustainable revenue streams but also contributes to the growth of their businesses and the overall economy.

Small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of any thriving economy. LWA Corporate is dedicated to providing tailored support to SMMEs, ensuring they have the tools, knowledge, and resources they need to succeed. Through LWA’s non-profit company  capacity-building programmes and networking opportunities, we foster an environment where women-led businesses can flourish.

Unlocking Potential of Intra-African Trade. Trade between countries and regions has the potential to reshape the economic landscape of the continent. LWA Corporate is actively involved in promoting trade partnerships within Africa. By facilitating access to markets, connecting businesses, and sharing best practices, we contribute to the growth of women entrepreneurs and bolster the pan-African business ecosystem.

Take Action: Consult with LWA Corporate. Are you ready to be part of a movement that empowers women through strategic procurement, SMME support, and intra-African trade? Contact us today to explore how your business can benefit from our expertise, resources, and extensive network. Together, let’s shape a brighter future where empowered women are at the forefront of economic change.


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