True success for the first edition of the “African Talents” conference

The Attijariwafa bank group organized the first edition of the “African Talents” digital conference, on October 26 and 27, 2020, in Casablanca.

Chaired by Mr. Mohamed EL KETTANI, Chairman of the Attijariwafa bank group, and initiated by the Group’s Human Capital department, this edition under the theme “The Development of African Talents, a Major Issue for the Transformation of the Continent” aims to create the conditions constructive synergy and momentum among senior talents, business experts and senior executives on an international and continental scale.

Honored by the presence of Mr. Mohcine Jazouli, Minister Delegate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, The conference was also marked by the participation of several personalities from the diplomatic world:

His Excellency Ibrahim Al KHALIL SECK Ambassador of Senegal in Morocco, His Excellency Abdelmalek KETTANI Ambassador of Morocco in Ivory Coast and His Excellency Mohamed METHQAL, Ambassador Director General of the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation

This event was a dynamic space for exchanges and sharing of unprecedented experience with the participation of more than 4,500 African talents representing several countries and established in several continents.


5 conferences and a round table led by members of the Top management of the Attijariwafa bank group and by prominent figures from the diplomatic, economic, financial and social world, allowed participants to debate during the 2 days of the future of youth African and African talent at the service of an Africa that believes in its future.


Emphasis was also placed on exchanging with senior talents through spaces dedicated to specific business lines, each of which was represented by Group managers in Morocco and their counterparts at the level of subsidiaries in Africa.


The aim is to bring together the Group’s teams and very high potential profiles within the framework of a register oriented towards sharing, exchange and Networking. Kicking off this first edition, Mr. Mohamed EL Kettani first recalled the speech of HM King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, which he had declared to the African Union in January 2017 before underline “our conviction in the infinite capacities of our continent, its potentialities, but also our duty of responsibility as an economic operator. Together, let us reaffirm our belief in our Africa, work for its prosperity and invest in our human capital. ”


And to add: “The signature of our Group is” Believe in you “, today I am proud to tell you that we believe in you. We believe in the potential of African youth and in our ability to build an Africa that moves forward. ”


In his opening speech, Mr. Mohcine Jazouli, Minister Delegate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, underlined that: “these talents, we will have to learn to find them, to train and also protect them because the growth of tomorrow will need their creative know-how. This growth will consume a lot of skills, and we risk facing a talent shortage or even a talent war ”.


In his speech at the opening ceremony, Mr. Mohamed Soussi, Executive Director of the Attijariwafa bank group in charge of Group Human Capital, declared: “Our continent, which is endowed with multiple natural resources, knows that its future lies in the extraordinary. the source of his youth ”.


“Our Group since its first regional establishment in Africa and in each of its countries of presence, each time has given the opportunity to local talents to build a bank with great local ambitions, doubling or even tripling the size of its network and its workforce. in a few years. “. “Our workforce has multiplied by 2.5, the number of recruitments per year has exceeded 1,000 recruitments per year and the average age has fallen to around 33 years on average across all subsidiaries. Women now represent 44% of the Group’s workforce and several subsidiaries in Morocco are headed by women “.


In her speech at the opening ceremony, Mrs. Maryam ZOULALI, Head of the Recruitment, Partnerships and Attractiveness entity, declared: “The“ African Talents ”conference is an initiative intended to create a constructive dynamic among talents at the ‘continental scale around the theme “The Development of African Talents, a Major Issue for the Transformation of the Continent”


“This subject is fully in line with the strategy and vision of our Group, which works to promote excellence at the level of our continent and which believes in the potential of our human capital and our energetic African youth. Our first asset is our human capital, all transformation initiatives and innovation actions undertaken within our continent must be done with him and for him. It is therefore important to reserve for our women and men a prominent place in this dynamic which aims to make Africa a space of success and development.


The program of the first edition of the African Talents Colloquium will be rich and fascinating with the participation of renowned personalities alongside the senior executives of the Attijariwafa bank Group. ”

Through this conference, the Attijariwafa bank group renews its commitment to sustainably support talents at continental level, and to lay the groundwork for a post-crisis recovery where African skills will be in the spotlight.


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