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Summit Agenda & Workshops

Workshops

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Monday April 28, 2008

07:30 Registration Open
09:00 - 12:30 Opening of the Plenary and Circuit of the Exhibition
10.00 - 18.00 Visit of the Exhibition
12:30 - 14:00 Networking Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:30 Plenary Session 1: "Africa's Emerging Markets: Globalisation, Competitiveness and Integration"
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 18:00 Workshops in Parallel Session (See Workshop Agenda)
19:30 - 21:00 Opening Reception "Framing the Issues"

Tuesday April 29, 2008

7:00 Registration Opens
8:00-9:30 Plenary Session 2: „Environmental Challenge as Economic Opportunity“
9:30 - 10:00 Coffee Break
09.30 - 18.00 Visit of the Exhibition
10.00 - 18.00 Face to Face Business Meetings
10:00 – 12:30 Technical Excursions
10:00 - 12:00 Plenary Session 3: "Investing in Infrastructure"
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 Plenary Session 4: "Partnerships on equal terms for Sustainable Development"
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:00 Workshops in Parallel - Light House Presentations (See Workshop Agenda)
17:00 - 18:00 Plenary Session 5: Thinking Beyond Oil: Economic Diversification in Africa beyond renewable Natural Resources
20:00 – 22:00 PM Gala Reception

Wednesday April 30, 2008

7:00 Registration Opens
8:30-10:00 Plenary Session 6: "Investment Climate in Africa"
10.00 - 18.00 Visit of the Exhibition
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10.00 - 15.00 Face to Face Business Meetings
10:30 - 12:00 Plenary Session 7: "Finance of Investments in Africa and its Risk Management"
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 Plenary Session 8: "Role of the African Diaspora in private sector engagement - Challenges and opportunities"
15:00 - 15:30 Closing Session
   
   

Opening Session Speakers

 

Jabulani Dhliwayo
President NEPAD Council

 

 

 

 

Chief Ojo Maduekwe

Foreign Minister Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

Portia Molefe

Director-General, Department of Public Enterprises Republic of South Africa

 

George Monyemangene

Head of the African Economic Relations,

International Trade & Economic Development Division (ITED)

Department of Trade and Industry

 

Xolani Mkhwanazi,

President and COO, Aluminium Southern Africa

 

 

Philip Waring
Vice President Sales Mazda Motor Europe

 

Dieter Härthe
Chairman BWA, Fed.Ass.for Economic Development and Foreign Trade

 

 

Daniel Overmeyer

Chairman,CEO

 COPS WORLDWIDE,INC

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator

Lynette Louw
Vice-President NEPAD Council


Plenary Session 1

Africa's Emerging Markets: Globalisation, Competitiveness and Integration


Speakers


 

Chief Ojo Maduekwe

Foreign Minister Federal Republic of Nigeria


Ken Willett
Vice President & Managing Director
Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa (MEMA)
Hewlwtt-Packard Company

 Stanley Subramoney
Deputy CEO of PriceWaterhouseCoopers & NEPAD Business Foundation Director

 

 Strive Masiyiwa

Founder and Managing Director, Econet Wireless in Simbabwe

 

 

Zahid Torres-Rahman
Business Action for Africa

 

Moderator
Feyi Soluade-George

Managing Director Dunia Oil and Technical Services, Nigeria


As a result of technological advances, geographical distance no longer poses a barrier to global trade in financial and accounting services, customer support services, and design services, among others. African companies are increasingly attracting off shoring opportunities with operations set up in countries such as Ghana, Tunisia, and Senegal, etc. This panel discusses how Africa narrows the technology gap and become a premium destination for outsourcing opportunities



Plenary Session 2

Environmental Challenge as Economic Opportunity!


Speakers

Heidi Schiller

Managing Partner KAITO Energie AG, Munich

 

Senator Grace Folashade Bent

Chair Senate Committee on Environment,National Assembly Nigeria

 

 

EL Basam
Chairman, International Development Center for Renewable Energies (IFEED)

 

Aloys Hüttermann

Georg-August University Göttingen

 

  Thama-ini Kinyanjui
CEO,SolarElectro, Glienicke,
Germany


Moderator

Andreas Hoffmann-Dally,

Chairman, Afrisolar e.V


Africa is blessed with a unique opportunity; its young stage of maturity along the development curve gives the continent the choice to modernize and industrialize its nations in an environmentally conscious manner by engaging in innovative development strategies that promote both increased economic growth as well as conservation while investing in clean energy. What are some of these strategies and what opportunities are there to use established innovative technologies from the EU?. Therefore, the aim of this panel will be to examine the increased meaning of renewable energies in Africa’s energy mix, its contribution to cover raised energy demand and to showcase some renewable energy projects successfully realised in Africa.

 

Plenary Session 3

Investing in Infrastructure

Speakers

 

Charles Ugwu

Minister of Commerce and Industry,Nigeria

 

Chief Ndutimi Alaibe

Managing Director Niger Delta Development Commission

 

Tshepo Mahloele

PAIDFChief Executive Officer

 

 

Margaret Adams
Manufacturing Director for Steward Milne

 

 

Laurent Assembe

Director Business Development and Sales

AERODATA

 

Klaus Thormählen

Klaus Thormählen GmbH

 

Sipho Makhubela

PAIDF Executive

 

Portia Molefe
Director-General, Department of Public Enterprises Republic of South Africa

 

 


Moderator

Thomas Schaal

Managing Director, ESA-Meridian


Africa’s rise to prominence as a manufacturing location has been slowed by its limited infrastructure capacity. The ability to mass produce at low unit cost and compete in the global market requires bold and heavy investments projects like the production of electricity, water supply and transport both to industry and the masses. After the preparatory phase, NEPAD is now investing in infrastructural projects like the Inga Dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo. When completed, the dam will generate sufficient electricity for the entire southern region of Africa and is just one example of major infrastructure development that this panel will discuss and to showcase investment opportunities for European companies.

 

Plenary Session 4

Partnerships on Equal Terms for Sustainable Development


Speakers

 

 

Gwendoline Konie
Light on Africa

 

 

Peter METCALFE

Chairman

The Foundation for the Development of africa (FDA) Africa Trade Centre (PTY) LTD

 

John Hope Bryant
Chairman & CEO, Operation HOPE

 

Mai NK Fatty
The Africa Moral Forum in The Gambia, and Leader of The Congress Party

 

 

Futhi Mtoba
Chair of Deloitte & Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PADF)

 

Moderator
Diethelm Frederic Reschke
President of Efficiency Foundation International

 

 

The neighbouring continents, Africa and Europe, are growing closer together. Future global strategies and solutions of European enterprises will also have to involve the African continent if they do not want to end up in the backwater of global competition. The development of business relations with African enterprises and business partners will only achieve success in this context if partnerships are concluded on equal terms. Africa, on the contrary, may not simply expect to receive development aid, rather it is being called upon to play an active role in presenting its economic power and attracting direct investments. The involvement of European business in Africa not only leads to the creation of additional jobs and an improvement in the quality of life, but also to a transfer of knowledge and therefore to a strengthening of the economies and political structures. The panel will discuss the importance of equitable partnership and the way on doing business in Africa.

 

Plenary Session 5

 

Thinking Beyond Oil: Economic Diversification in Africa beyond renewable Natural Resources

 

 Muazu Babangida Aliyu
Executive Governor and Chief Servant Niger State of Nigeria

Ms. Evyln Oputu
Bank of Industry,Lagos Nigeria

Rt. Hon Gabriel Suswam
Executive Governor Benue State of Nigeria

Chief Ikedi Ohakim
Executive Governor Imo State of Nigeria

Prince Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN)
Minister of Culture and Tourism Nigeria

Prof. Dapo Afolabi
Ministry of Agriculture Nigeria


Moderator:
Mrs Omolara Akanji
Sofomax Consulting

Oil rich Nigeria is one of the most endowed but poorly understood countries in Africa. With a crude oil reserve estimated at 32 Billion barrels, a vast natural gas reserve abundant mineral and agricultural resources yet to be explored; Nigeria offers a huge market with excellent investment potential.

With a population of more than 130 million, the country has a strong pool of skilled and educated manpower to satisfy local businesses and hiring needs of possible investors. The current image of Nigeria is a creation of the media. This specific session is designed to review the investment climate in Nigeria in the light of the new economic reforms and profitability.




Plenary Session 6

Investment Climate in Africa


Speakers


Evyln Oputu
Managing Director of Bank of Industry

Mervin King
Creator of King III & Institute of Directors Executive Director
 

 

Mr Sina Agboluaje
Nigeria Export Promotion Zonal Authority(NEPZA)
 

Stanley Subramoney
Deputy CEO PriceWaterhouseCoopers & NEPAD Business Foundation Director&

 

Belynda Petrie
CEO, Oneworld Investments, Cape Town, RSA

 

Moderator
Tumenta F. Kennedy
Building Global Cooperation
Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics, Germany

 


The stream of good news about Africa’s economic performance continues with the release of the UN’s The World Investment Report 2007: Foreign direct investment (FDI) has doubled both as a result of growing interest in the continent and a friendlier climate for investors. FDI rose from $ 18bn in 2004 to $ 36bn in 2006. Africa as a whole is certainly becoming more integrated in to the global economy, given that outflow of FDI also reached a record level in 2006 of $ 8bn. The investment climate for FDI flows to the region had improved. Many African countries incorporated measures into their policy and regulatory frameworks to ensure steady inflows of FDI and to increase those flows which have the most positive impact on the development of their economies. Prospects for FDI into Africa continue to be positive because of the high global commodity prices as transitional corporations are taking advantage of good returns on investment. The panel will debate on which industries are promising, which regions attract investments and why unfair trade restricts growth.

 

Plenary Session 7

Finance of Investments in Africa and its Risk Management


Speakers

 

Winfried Nau

First Vice President & Head, New Business Africa
DEG GmbH - German Investment and Development Company

 

Geoff Rothschild
Stakeholder & Government Affairs Director of Johanesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)


Jennifer Giroux, Researcher
Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zürich


Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi
Executive Governor, River State (Nigeria)

 

Philipp Rossberg
Senior Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG


Moderator

 

Prinz Asfa-Wossen Asserate of Ethiopia

 

 

 

Africa offers good prospects to international investors. In many of these countries there is an increasing demand for private enterprise initiatives and the private sector has shown a willingness to invest. Various forms of financing investments in Africa such as equity capital, mezzanine finance and long term loans as well as Public Private Partnership programs are in place. The panel will debate on where to source financing and how to secure the investments.



 

Plenary Eight


" Role of the African Diaspora in private sector engagement -  Challenges and opportunities "

 

Speakers


Peter Croll
Director, CEO
Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)

 

Nyine Bitahwa
Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda

 

Kiran Luchmun
Business Development Director
AfricaRecruit / FindaJobinAfrica

 

Mr Paschal Iwuh

Executive President The African Network(TAN) USA

 

Moderator

Veye Tatah

AFRICA POSITIVE Magazin

 

 

In political discussions, there is revival and debate as to the contribution the “DIASPORA” are having to their original countries. One of the factors determining this revival is the debate on improving the chances of integration for migrants; another one is the discussion on the challenges arising from the increasing influx of people from poor countries and regions of crisis to the bastions of wealth in the North. This panel will address the impact diaspora is having on the economic development and democratization processes in their home countries.

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