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The Business Council for Africa’s flagship event, The Annual Debate 2017 returns 22nd March for its third edition. It has established itself as an important platform for everyone interested in and committed to African business.

THE ANNUAL DEBATE 2015

Theme: Investing in Infrastructure and Integration


Date: Tuesday 21st April 2015


Venue: The Law Society, London


The Debates

The Africa Annual Debates allow business leaders to network with Business Council for Africa (BCA) members and other people of influence in Africa in the fields of finance, law, technology and energy. There will be 12 panelists & 3 stimulating debates chaired by experienced moderators. The issues discussed include both energy and technology infrastructure opportunities.


AGENDA

12:00 Registration & Networking Lunch


12:45

Welcome remarks
Arnold Ekpe, Honorary President, Business Council for Africa
Andrew Caplen, President, The Law Society

Debate Chairman
Hashi Mohamed, Barrister, No5 Chambers, BCA Advisor

13:00

Is Sub Saharan Africa Attracting Enough Investment To
Drive Growth? What Else Can Be Done Across Sectors?

• A new president a new beginning for Nigeria?
• Road, rail and ports - needs vs. progress
• Exploring vital energy infrastructure projects & viable
investment opportunities
•The changing profile of investors in Africa
• The role of PPP’s (public private partnerships) in Africa
• Financing infrastructure projects – challenges and future possibilities

Moderated by
Gregory Kronsten,Head, Macroeconomic & Fixed Income Research FBN Capital Limited

Panelists
Oliver Andrews, Executive Director & Chief Investment Officer, Africa Finance Corporation
Romain Py, Senior Director Transactions, AIIM
Arun Velusami, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Miguel Azevedo, Head of Investment Banking, Africa, Citigroup


14:15

Networking Coffee Break

14:45

Africa’s Technology; Boom or Myth? Exploring Opportunities in Tech Infrastructure – Digital, ICT and Telecoms
• Enabling economic development - looking at the main technology giants investing across SSA and the key drivers for investment
• Mobile technology and banking; improving business
opportunities on the continent
• Telecoms technology in Africa, financing and future
opportunities
• Challenges and solutions for SME’s breaking into the
market

Moderated by
Oliver Griffith,Head of Communications, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Panelists
Adrian Wood, Group COO, Liquid Telecom
Doron Avni, Director, Policy & Government Relations;Middle East, Africa, Israel & Turkey, Google
Gbenga Oyebode, MFR, Chairman, Aluko & Oyebode
Jurgen Heppe, Managing Director, Telecoms & Media,Standard Bank

16:10

Networking Coffee Break

16:10

Special Address by Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria & candidate for President of the African Development Bank

16:30

How can Businesses Harness Cross-Sector Partnerships to
Address the Skills Shortage?

• Building capacity - growing business & developing
partnerships for the long term
• Understanding the difference between commercially
driven capacity building and government driven local
content policy
• Why should businesses incorporate this into their longterm
strategy for Africa?
• Building sustainable local supply chains

Moderated by

William Pollen,Programme Director, Invest in Africa

Panelists
Jim Walsh, Group Local Content Manager, Tullow Oil
Chris Cleverly, CEO, Made in Africa Foundation
Anna Gardner, Executive Director, ILFA
Dimitri Papaefstratiou, Partner, DLA Piper

18:00

Closing remarks byDebate Chairman Hashi Mohamed Barrister, No5 Chambers, BCA Advisor

18:15

Drinks Reception

19:30

Gala Dinner:
Zeinab Badawi, Award Winning Television & Radio Journalist & Chair of Royal African Society in conversation with Ozwald Boateng, Fashion Designer, Trustee of Made in Africa Foundation 

23:00

Carriages


VIDEO

SPEAKERS

Zeinab Badawi

Award Winning Television & Radio Journalist & 
Chair of Royal African Society

Arnold Ekpe

Honorary President, Business Council for Africa


Dr. Akinwumi Adesina
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria & 
candidate for President of the African Development Bank


Jim Walsh

Group Local Content Manager, Tullow Oil

Gregory Kronsten

Head, Macroeconomic & Fixed Income Research, FBN Capital Limited


Adrian Wood

Group COO, Liquid Telecom


Doron Avni

Director, Policy & Government Relations; Middle East, Africa, Israel & Turkey, Google


Arun Velusami

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP


Oliver Andrews

Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) 

 Romain Py

 Senior Director Transactions, AIIM


Andrew Caplen

President, The Law Society


Oliver Griffith

Head of Communications, International Finance
Corporation (IFC)


Chris Cleverly

CEO, Made in Africa Foundation


Dimitri Papaefstratiou

Partner, DLA Piper


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