17 January 2018 11:45 to 14:30
Nigeria Economic Outlook 2018
Standard Chartered Bank
IA-BCA are delighted to be hosting Nigeria Economic Outlook 2018, which will focus on the political, economic and commercial prospects for the country in the New Year. We will be joined on the panel by Razia Khan, Chief Economist for Africa at Standard Chartered Bank.
2017 has been a progressive year for Nigeria, following a real GDP contraction of 1.5% in 2016, the IMF forecasts that growth will reach 0.8% in 2017 and 1.9% in 2018. Nigeria’s economy continues to diversify and economic growth is now being driven by multiple sectors including FMCG, power, hydrocarbons, renewable energy, telecoms and technology.
President Muhammadu Buhari, identified fighting corruption, increasing security and tackling unemployment as key factors to growing the economy. With elections taking place on the 16th February 2019, questions will arise on how the lead up to the elections will impact the private sector and economic growth for 2018.
Meet our speakers:
Razia Khan, Managing Director and Chief Economist for Africa, Standard Chartered Bank
Razia is a well-known commentator on African markets, advising the Bank’s clients on Africa strategy and providing regular updates to African central banks, financeministries and multilateral institutions. She joined the Bank in 1997. Razia holds a BSc (Hons) degree in economics and an MSc (Econ) in development, including monetary economics and international trade law, from the London School of Economics. Razia has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Population and on Poverty and Development.
Alexander Booth, Associate Managing Director, Investigations and Disputes, Kroll
Alexander Booth is an Associate Managing Director in Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes practice. His team advises government agencies, financial institutions, and multinational corporations on regional challenges and opportunities across Africa.
Raj Kulasingam, Senior Counsel, Dentons
Raj Kulasingam is Senior Counsel at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. Raj grew up in Malaysia before coming to the UK to read law at Warwick University. He is part of the Dentons Africa practice and supports the Dentons offices in Cairo, Casablanca, Kampala, Cape Town and Johannesburg and the Dentons network of associated offices in 15 other African cities.
His areas of practice cover M&A, corporate, private equity, oil and gas, utility and infrastructure with a focus on Africa, Middle East and South East Asia.
His passion for the African continent has seen him travelling across the continent (14 countries at last count) and advising on transactions in various African countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Zambia, Angola, South Africa and Mozambique. He is a frequent speaker/moderator on Africa related matters and for a number of years wrote a monthly column on finance and infrastructure for Financial Nigeria/Nigeria Development Finance Forum. Raj also invests in companies in Africa and the UK, providing not only capital but also providing access, knowledge and experience to help them grow.
25 January 2018 12:00 to 14:00
Japan in Africa: Business Lunch
5F MidCity Place
IA-BCA and JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation) are delighted to be hosting a Japan in Africa Business Lunch.
We will be hosted by JETRO London’s Director of Research, Joji Sato at JETRO’s London offices. The event will include presentations from JETRO’s Lagos Trade Commissioner Taku Miyazaki and Naonori Yamada, the organisation’s Abidjan Director General. Discussions will focus on the work of JETRO in Africa, including discussion of how Japanese business has entered African markets, with insight into JETRO’s activities in Anglophone and Francophone Africa. The event will also feature a discussion on how UK and international companies can collaborate with Japanese partners in Africa.
JETRO is a government-related organisation promoting mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. JETRO’s objectives have developed during the 21st century, moving to include promoting foreign direct investment Japan, assisting business expansion of developing countries and contributing to trade policies and economic partnerships.
With over 650 Japanese companies operating across Africa as of 2016, the continent is proving to be a dynamic and expanding market for Japanese business, with the Japan Times describing Japanese companies as ‘steadily shifting their gaze toward Africa’. The 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development saw the Japanese Government pledge $30 billion of investment into Africa, with interest in its markets set to continue as opportunities arise in energy, agriculture and automobile projects, such as Toyota Tsusho’s 2015 opening of Africa’s largest geothermal power plant in Kenya.
Meet our speakers:
Taku Miyazaki, JETRO Lagos Trade Commissioner
With over 20 years of experience working at JETRO, Taku Miyazaki has a wealth of knowledge on the entrance of Japanese business into emerging markets. Now Trade Commissioner of JETRO’s Lagos office, Mr Miyazaki previously held the role of Deputy Director of Overseas Investment at the Tokyo Head Office, coordinating projects in emerging economies all over Asia, as well as the Middle East and Africa. With experience encompassing global economic and industrial research, Mr Miyazaki will offer key insight into JETRO’s activities in Nigeria and across Anglophone markets, explaining the hesitations and hurdles Japanese companies have experienced upon entering these markets.
Naonori Yamada, JETRO Abidjan Director General
Director General of JETRO’s Abidjan office since 2015, Mr Naonori Yamada has been crucial in helping to promote investment from Japanese companies spanning 18 countries across West and Central Africa. Previously, Mr. Yamada was Project Manager of Invest Japan at JETRO’s Paris office, working on trade and promotion of events in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, as well as working as Assistant Director of the International Department for East Japan Railway Company, promoting Japan’s railways to governments and railway operators worldwide. Speaking on JETRO’s activity in Francophone African countries, Mr Yamada will give an insightful perspective on the operation of the Abidjan office, including its ambitious objectives for the future.
Invest Africa and Business Council for Africa members can attend without charge. Members should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to recieve their access code.
05 February 2018 7:00 to 17:00
Invest Africa Connect 2018 at Mining Indaba
Join us in Cape Town this February!
Registration to Invest Africa Connect 2018 is now open.
The events comprise of informal breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktail receptions and are the ultimate mix of high level business meetings and VIP networking. We have no more than 75 guests per event, ensuring that you meet everyone present in an intimate setting. To view the draft programme click here.
Kindly also note that IA-BCA members (qualified investors) get complimentary passes to The Investing in African Mining Indaba. A 40% discount will be extended to non-investor IA-BCA members.
For further information or to RSVP to Invest Africa Connect 2018, please contact Barbro Ciakudia at email@example.com
06 February 2018 8:30 to 11:00
RiskMap Africa Special 2018
Join us at RiskMap 2018 Africa special breakfast event in London to assess the business and operational outlook across Africa for the year ahead.
2017 certainly offered a host of risks and opportunities for businesses operating across the African continent including prolonged Kenyan elections, developments in Mozambique and the end of Robert Mugabwe's 37 year rule of Zimbabwe.
So what should businesses expect to see in 2018?
On Tuesday 6th February 2018, you are invited to join Control Risks and the Business Council for Africa for our annual event to present our RiskMap Africa forecast for 2018. Among this year's themes, we'll consider the business ramifications of events in 2017 and take a look at what to expect from the continent in the year ahead.
Please click on the below link to register your attendance at this event. Should you have any queries or would like to invite a colleague to this event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as spaces are limited.
DEADLINE FOR RSVP: 26 JANUARY 2018
Please note: given the proprietary information Control Risks reserve the right to refuse anyone deemed a competitor to the business.
08 February 2018 8:30 to 10:30
US-Africa Relations - Breakfast Roundtable
IA-BCA is pleased to be hosting a private roundtable looking at the current state of US-Africa relations and the role of US companies in the sector.
The session will be hosted by Grant Harris, CEO of Harris Africa Partners LLC and former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the Obama White House.
Grant conceived of the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit, which generated $37 billion in new commitments to support trade, investment, and development across Africa. He also initiated President Obama’s Doing Business in Africa Campaign; launched the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative; and was the primary architect of the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this position, Harris was Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Previously, Grant was an associate at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Prior to that, he served in the African Affairs Directorate at the White House under President Bill Clinton and, before that, in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations under Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Grant holds a law degree from Yale Law School, a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
This event is private and for IA-BCA members only. There are only limited places available please contact email@example.com to register your interest.