Announcing the postponement in a press release, the organisers said, "We regret to inform you that in light of the circumstances around the COVID-19 coronavirus, the AFRICA CEO FORUM has been postponed... We wish to thank the Ivorian authorities and all our partners who have helped in the organisation of this event. We would also like to apologise to all our delegates and speakers, who will have been inconvenienced by this difficult decision."
The event, which was scheduled to start on March 9, 2020, in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, has been postponed to a later date. Organisers say it will be announced shortly.
The 2020 Africa CEO Forum is not the only event that has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak, officially known as Covid-19.
Coronavirus in Africa
The virus, which originated from Wuhan, China, continues to spread to other parts of the world including Africa.
Over five African countries including Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal and Nigeria, the most populous country in the continent, have all reported confirmed cases of the virus.
So far, there have been over 90,000 cases with over 3,100 fatalities in more than 71 countries.