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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.


The Law Society, London                                                        

Wednesday 20 April 2016


12.00   Registration and networking lunch

12:45   Welcome address

             Jonathan Smithers, President, The Law Society

13:00   Chair's Introduction

             Opening address

             Arnold Ekpe, Honorary President, Business Council for Africa

13:15    Economic keynote: What is Africa's future role in the global economy?

             Sir Paul Collier CBE, Professor of Economics & Public Policy, Blavatnik School Government, University of Oxford

13:40   DEBATE: African affluence; keeping pace with your target consumer

             • How significant is Africa's demographic dividend for its future growth?
             • What is driving this new consumerism in Africa, what does the future look like and is it sustainable?
             • Examining spending power and distribution of growth
             • The rise of the international luxury brand in Africa. How to engage with Africa's luxury retail consumers
             • Tapping into investment opportunities at a local level by fostering and maintaining local partnerships

14:40  Networking break

15:10   Keynote address

            Igho Sanomi, Chief Executive, Taleveras

15:30   DEBATE: How should Africa reduce its power deficit?

             • Will renewable energy be the silver bullet for Africa's power crisis?
             • What challenges do African governments face to stimulate development? What opportunities exist for British business
             • Combining solar, wind and storage for rural electrification- does it, can it work? 
             • Technology: on and off grid - electricity projects and technology developments
             • Oil, gas and coal; what combined role can they play in the future of powering Africa?                                                                                 

16:30   Networking break

16:50   DEBATE: What does the future of Africa's trade and investment landscape look like?

             • Development of inter-Africa trade, ECOWAS and the Tripartite Free Trade (TFTA)
             • Risk and regulations: recent African government reforms and regulations and what it means for you
             • FDI into Africa- who is leading the change?

17:50   Country snapshot: Nigeria

18:15   Closing Remarks

18:30  Drinks reception

19:30  The Gala Dinner

22:30  Carriages