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The Business Council for Africa and Invest Africa’s flagship event, The Annual Debate 2018 returns 24th April for its forth edition. It has established itself as an important platform for everyone interested in and committed to African business.


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12:00 Registration & Networking Lunch


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


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

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


Networking Coffee Break


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
• Challenges and solutions for SME’s breaking into the

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

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


Networking Coffee Break


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


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

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


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


Drinks Reception


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