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02 November 2017
8:00 to 9:30
Africa Global Business Forum
Madinat Jumeirah Dubai
A working breakfast to discuss successes, failures and lessons learned with leading African entrepreneurs. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask directly what makes their businesses thrive and how they have coped with the challenges they faced.
Ashish Thakker, Founder and Managing Director, Mara Group, UAE
Ada Osakwe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Agrolay Ventures, Nigeria
Joel Jackson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mobius Motors, Kenya
Rob Hersov, Founder and Chairman, Invest Africa
If you would like more information please email Saba Ismail at
02 November 2017
14:00 to 15:00
WEBINAR: South African politics and succession issues: What can we expect?
South African politics and succession issues: what can we expect?
In December the African National Congress (ANC) will hold its 54th National Conference. During the five-day event party delegates will elect a new party leadership, including a successor to Jacob Zuma as party president and presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections.
The competition is fierce, the outcome far from clear, and the stakes high. Corruption scandals and populist rhetoric have contributed to economic stagnation, and investors are desperate for a ruling party willing to put forward a clear and pragmatic policy direction.
Join the Business Council for Africa - Invest Africa (BCA-IA) and Control Risks for this 45 min webinar to discuss with our experts:
- Outcomes: What are the potential outcomes for the December ANC conference?
- Policy: What will the ANC conference in December mean for policy both before and after the 2019 South African elections?
- Implications: How can your business be prepared for political shifts in power?
Please register for this online event in the link provided. For more information, please contact
07 November 2017
15:00 to 16:00
Control Risks - Energising Mozambique: Risks and Opportunities Webinar
Eni's decision to move ahead with its planned LNG developments off Pemba, Mozambique, seems to have changed Mozambique's future for good.
This webinar will discuss the opportunities national and international investors can expect in the coming months and years, which sectors will be most promising, and which obstacles need to be managed.
08 November 2017
9:00 to 11:30
Briefing: Prime Minister's Trade Envoys to Africa
Mishcon de Reya
The Business Council for Africa and Invest Africa (BCA-IA) look forward to hosting a group of the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys (PMTEs). The PMTEs are at the forefront in strengthening trade and investment relationships with key markets whilst simultaneously promoting British business interests in these locations. We look forward to learning more on how Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda are key areas of business in British Government policy.
We will be joined by:
Lord Hollick of Notting Hill, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Kenya and Tanzania
Lord Hollick was made a life peer (Labour) in 1991 and is Chairman of the Economic Affairs Select Committee. He started his career at Hambros Bank becoming a director in 1973. From 1974 to 2005 he built an international financial services and media business with subsidiaries in television, film, publishing, newspapers, market research and information. He led the media group at KKR between 2005 and 2010. Lord Hollick has been a director of Logica, BAE Systems, Honeywell and Diageo. In 1988, he founded the IPPR think tank.
Lord Popat, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Uganda and Rwanda
Lord Popat is a Conservative Peer and Party Whip and was previously a Minister of the Crown with responsibilities for the Departments of Business, Innovation and Skills, and Transport. Born in Uganda, he moved to the UK in 1971. Following a forty year career in the private sector, initially specialising in business and corporate finance before moving into the healthcare and hospitality sectors, he was made a Peer by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010 for his services to small businesses. His interests in the House of Lords are SMEs, increasing Britain’s exports and trade relations with India and Africa.
Andrew Selous MP, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to South Africa
Andrew is the Member of Parliament for South West Bedfordshire. He was a Territorial Army officer for twelve years and served in Germany, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States of America. Andrew was a director of a small family manufacturing business CNS Instruments Ltd which made precision non-destructive testing equipment. In 2006 he was appointed a shadow work and pensions minister. In 2014 Andrew was appointed Minister for prisons and rehabilitation as Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice. Andrew worked as a reinsurance underwriter before being elected to Parliament. His firm helped many of the world’s poorest communities recover from natural disasters.
Jeremy Lefroy MP, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ethiopia
Jeremy is the Member of Parliament for Stafford. Jeremy’s political interests include sustainable development and enterprise, urban regeneration, environment, small business, health. Jeremy is self-employed, working with smallholder farmers in East Africa to produce organic coffee and cocoa for the world market. His charity interests include "Equity for Africa" helping small businesses in Africa to obtain the capital they need to grow. In recent years, he has served on the Conservative Party's Globalisation and Global Poverty policy group.