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ReConnect Africa is the official media partner for the following upcoming events. Please refer to the event website or contact the event organisers directly for further information about the event and/or to register.

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April 2017
5-6 April - 2nd East Africa Retail Expansion Summit & Awards, Nairobi, Kenya

ImageThe 2nd East Africa Retail Expansion Summit & Awards 2017 is scheduled from 5th-6th April, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya, a growing middle income economy, is ranked Africa's second biggest formalized retail economy after South Africa. The formal retail market in Kenya has grown exponentially in the past three years.

The retail industry remains vibrant, with supermarket chains expanding beyond Kenya's boundaries. Major retail outlets such as Uchumi, Nakumatt, Tuskys and Naivas continue to increase their number of stores countrywide.

The 2nd East Africa Retail Expansion Summit & Awards 2017 gathers high level executives from retail owners, investors, architects and planners, local and public authorities and service solution providers in a focused 2-day programme. Panel discussions and presentations will elaborate investment strategies, commercial challenges, operational efficiency and updated technologies required for guaranteeing customer satisfaction and success.

For further details and to register: http://retail2.mykar-events.com/

6 April – Sub-Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention 2017, Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Uganda

ImageThe purpose of the Sub-Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention is to build on the gathering’s position as a strong platform for the growth of the industry that will not only help to establish Uganda as an exciting investment destination but also enable the development of the broader Sub-Saharan market. The inaugural Islamic Finance Convention in Uganda in 2016 was met with a very positive response as more than 200 industry players from over 70 international organizations and more than 25 international speakers deliberated outcomes that focused on Africa’s New Momentum. The event was attended by several high-level delegations from the Ministry of Finance in Uganda, Bank of Uganda, the Private Sector Foundation, and the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Uganda, as well as major private sector financial institutions from across Africa and internationally. The event was attended by several high-level delegations from the Ministry of Finance in Uganda, Bank of Uganda, the Private Sector Foundation, and the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Uganda, as well as major private sector financial institutions from across Africa and internationally.

Insights and Outcomes from last year’s Sub-Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention

The inaugural 2016 international gathering, the first of its kind to be held in Uganda, was convened by Ethico Live in collaboration with ABL Dunamis and supported by the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU) and the Islamic Chamber of Commerce in Uganda (ICCIU). The convention attracted over 200 delegates and speakers from key markets including: Uganda, UK, India, Ethiopia, Chad, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

The core objectives of the convention were focused on advancing the key opportunities within the Islamic banking sector in the region, and included: Building consumer awareness about Islamic banking; deepening the talent pool in Islamic finance on the continent; attracting investors to Islamic Financial Institutions; facilitating meetings and networking to create relationships for capacity building between experienced professionals and emerging African players; dispelling the myth that Islamic banking is only for Muslims; providing a platform for policy makers and regulators to communicate to domestic and foreign investors in both the private and public sectors; and establishing Uganda as a meaningful hub for Islamic finance in the region.

To register your interest, please contact Sophie McLean at sophiemclean@ethicolive.com. For details and registration: http://www.ethicolive.com/events/uganda/

6-7 April - 2nd East African Education Conference, Nairobi, Kenya

ImageThe 2nd East African Education Conference is under the theme “Matching Education to Societal Needs: Exploring Innovative Developments in Methods & Strategies.

The successful first edition was held in Nairobi Kenya and inaugurated by the then CS Education Prof. Jacob Thuranira Kaimenyi.  The 2nd edition  will explore ways to synchronize  the education value chain so as to promote teaching and learning strategies that will spur greater value in all areas of society.

Objective EAEC 2017

The objective of this flagship 2017 event is explore ways to sharpen the focus on education value chain and how to promote new teaching and learning strategies.   The conference will also look at new and innovative technology solutions that will make this possible and sustainable. Expected outcomes is that participants will come out with practical tools on how to strengthen and integrate these new teaching and learning strategies as a core part of the institutional developments strategies while providing products centered for the students and the educators.   The event will be a catalyst for debate, best practice, knowledge exchange and partnerships among the practitioners, policy-makers and other stakeholders seeking to achieve significantly greater harmony within the region.

Structure of the event

The 2017 edition will be a combination of an experiential conference, breakout in-depth workshops and showcasing in form of an exhibition. Conference will include a broad range of discussions and debates by top speakers from across the region and experts from around the globe who will bring theoretical and practical experiences on how various players in the value chain can work together to promote a harmonized education. 

For further details and to register: http://aidembs.com/education_conference

10-12 April - Commonwealth ICT Investment Forum 2017, Dubai, UAE

It is clearly evident that the need for major investment in next generation networks, technologies and innovative services is growing and will continue to grow. A growing number of governments, international organizations and ICT stakeholders are presenting and advocating initiatives, strategies and programmes in relation to connecting the next 1.5 billion people.

Commonwealth ICT Investment Forum 2017 will explore ICT Investment opportunities in Growing Markets calls for new muti-stakeholder partnerships, synergy and more importantly ICT Investments to unleash the potential of ICT ‘s in the Commonwealth & beyond.

This event will bring together ICT & Finance Ministers, ICT &Finance Regulators, Telecom Operators, Investment Bankers, Lawyers, Consultants, Infrastructure & Technology providers, International bodies and Investment promotion agencies Download Agenda

Key Topics:
  • ICTs for socio-economic development
  • National development plans and the role of ICTs
  • Financing by multilateral donors and development banks
  • Role of commercial lenders in financing ICTs
  • Leveraging investment funds to finance ICTs
  • Role of venture capital
  • Creating innovative financing packages

For further details and to register: http://www.cto.int/events/upcoming-events/ict-invest-forum-2017/

May 2017
3-5 May - Mining Investment Africa, Abuja, Nigeria

ImageMining Investment Africa is the foremost West African Mining Forum for the global mining community. It is a strategic mining conference and exhibition for the leaders of the mining, quarrying and construction materials industries, bringing together 1000 attendees from 20 countries.

Ministers, mining companies, investors and service providers travel from all over Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and Middle East to Abuja, Nigeria from 3 – 5 May 2017 for three days of partnering, networking and business matching. The event will cover topics on mining finance, investments, technology and innovations as well as roundtable discussions on selected countries and topics.

For more information, please visit Mining Investment Africa homepage here

8-11 May - Africa AgriWeek 2017, Lagos, Nigeria


The foremost African Exhibition and Conference for the global agriculture, aquaculture, livestock and veterinary community

Africa AgriWeek exhibition and conference unites global and regional leaders of the agriculture, aquaculture, poultry, livestock and veterinary industries for four days of intensive networking and deal making. The tradeshow brings together heads of agribusinesses, food and agro-allied businesses, representatives of regional government authorities, distributors, resellers, importers, traders, investors and industry associations. They travel from all over Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North & South America to network, exchange ideas and meet buyers and investors at this event.

From launching of new products to showcasing the latest examples of technology and machinery for the industry as well as food commodities, Africa AgriWeek is a platform of commerce and innovation for the agriculture, aquaculture, poultry, livestock and veterinary sector. It is an opportunity to engage in conversations with more than 50 exhibitors, 1000 visitors and 25 speakers.

We look forward to welcoming you to Africa Agri Week in May 2017!

Who should sponsor or exhibit

  • Governments and Investment Boards
  • Agribusiness and related industries
  • Consultancy
  • Technology and Equipment Providers
  • Banks and Finance Providers
  • Law firms

For details and to register: https://www.africaagriweek.com/

Sponsorship, exhibition, speaking & registration enquiries:

Daniel Radziszewski +65 6717 6018 | daniel.radz@spire-events.com

Marketing and Media Partnership enquiries:

Ng Chin Chye +65 6717 6014 | marketing@spire-events.com

23-24 May – African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa


The 5th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo -  Africa’s mega construction and infrastructure show and biggest gathering of 9000 qualified buyers and sellers for the entire built environment value chain. In 2017 the event features an indoor/outdoor exhibition with 6 new dedicated zones including Concrete and cement, MEP, Surfaces and Finishes, Tools and Equipment, Digital Construction and Construction. With a robust workshop programme, the event provides FREE HOT (hands on technical) training for professional development and skill building to create Africa’s leading event for built environment professionals.

For details and to register: www.totallyconcrete.co.za

Contact: Tamsin Collins: tamsin.collins@hypenica.com , +27 21 700 4354

June 2017
7 June 2017 - Invest in Data Center Africa, co-located with Datacloud Global Congress, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco Africa Theater

Image The Africa Summit will once again take place at Datacloud in Monaco June 7-8 2017. With a reputation as the leading international deal making forum for senior data center and cloud executives, the summit promises to bring fresh impetus to businesses looking to invest in the continent’s data economy.

Invest in Data Center Africa -collocated at Datacloud Europe – will meet at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco on 7th June 2017 to discuss current and future investment in Africa data centers, connectivity via subsea cables and dark fiber, energy supply, cloud, IT investment, risk and the availability of funding.

Infrastructure investment and challenges faced by Africa will take center stage during the Summit with energy being among them. Case studies and empirical examples will be showcased, contributing to a realistic perspective for data center investors.

Data center owners, cloud service providers, energy firms, law makers and regulators will participate alongside investors in what will be EMEAs largest networking event including this highly-targeted summit for Africa.

Contact us for further information

Topics Include:

Market Assessment and Outlook: Africa Data Centre Landscape: based on new research by BroadGroup

Infrastructure Investment and Challenges 1: Energy - a realistic perspective for data center operators and investors

Infrastructure Investment and Challenges 2: Fiber and Connectivity – subsea and terrestrial fiber connectivity in Africa and planned developments

Investor Roundtable: criteria for data center funding, valuation, and security of debt servicing for Africa

Africa Data Centre Leadership Panel: The first ever leadership panel for the continent

How will Data Centre companies scale in Africa? - The development of pan-European data center businesses has revealed the value in scale and country coverage. Will the same business model apply to Africa?

Invest in Africa - Pitches for data center, cloud, hosting investment.

Data Center Taxonomy for Africa: Build, Prefab or Modular? – what is the right approach?

Regulatory and Legal Developments impacting data center development in Africa - Regulation at country and regional level will impact datacentres. The panel highlight new developments across the region.

Datacloud 2017 is Europe's foremost networking and business deal making forum for data center and cloud players, their customers, investors and suppliers. Attracting 1800+ executives from more than 60 countries as well as 100+ exhibiting companies, delivering a unique networking opportunity to secure real-time deals.

Details and registration: http://www.datacloudcongress.com/africa

13-14 June – Sustainable Properties Africa Conference & Exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya

The Sustainable Properties Africa Conference & Exhibition (SPACE) is a two-day agenda that will contain interactive workshops, panel sessions and keynote speakers designed to educate, stimulate and further an attendees’ knowledge and network. 

This pioneering conference and exhibition will be the only event that brings together the most influential decision makers from African real estate with the clean energy sector.

If you’re involved in real estate development and want to understand the return on investment from sustainable projects, then this conference is for you.


Learn more about the options open to you for managing your energy consumption. Become operationally more efficient and create more value in your property.

Water and Waste

Discover new ways of managing your water and waste usage.  From small tips to large scale infrastructure options learning how to scale down your usage now is essential in the current market.

Materials and Design

What does a building of the future look like? How to source, build and create your building to sustain future changes. Can you build with an eye on the future and still make it work economically? Explore the return of investment and the operational costs savings from design techniques.

For further details and to register: http://www.space-conference.com

13-15 June - ConMin West Africa Exhibition and the National Mining Summit, Abuja, Nigeria

ImageDue to the recently announced planned closure of Abuja's airport in March, ConMin West Africa Exhibition and the National Mining Summit has been moved from April to 13 - 15th June 2017. With a large proportion of attendees and speakers travelling from Lagos and internationally, we believe the event cannot be run without use of the airport.

ConMin West Africa, is an Exhibition to service the rapidly growing construction machinery and mining industries in West Africa. The Exhibition is organised by Afrocet Montgomery, who run Africa’s largest mining show, ‘Electra Mining’ in Johannesburg and IMAG who own the global construction brand ‘Bauma’. The event is running in partnership and with full endorsement from the Ministry of Solid Minerals, Deloitte and Asoko Insight. It will be held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja between 13th - 15th June 2017 and will act as a platform for key stakeholders, both regional and international, to converge and discuss business prospects and display leading technologies and equipment in both the construction and mining sectors. ConMin West Africa 2017 is expected to attract over 150 companies in 2017 who will exhibit their products and upwards of 3000 visitors from the West African Mining and Construction sectors.

The National Mining Summit, running alongside ConMin West Africa, will see top level participants from the Nigerian government and the country’s mining industry converge in Abuja. With the Honourable Minister set to open the show, Afrocet Montgomery is also expecting Governors from key mining states; Ministers from other West African countries, Partners from leading law firms and key financiers including the African Finance Corporation.

Topics to be addressed at the Summit will cover all pertinent issues facing the sector and will seek to stimulate interest from international and national investors through clarification of policy and industry developments by principle stakeholders and decision makers. The Summit has been designed to accommodate sessions from experts and government representatives and will also host sessions on ‘lessons learned’ from Ministers and Operators from other African nations which are further ahead in their mineral sector development.

Participants will benefit from unparalleled exposure to national and international prospective operators, policymakers and suppliers. It will be a strong platform to encourage investment into the country and is set to become the preferred deal-making platform for mining in Nigeria.

For more information, visit www.conminwestafrica.com.

August 2017
15-16 August - Cape Construction Trade Expo, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa


Cape Construction Trade Expo is a one-stop-shop networking and knowledge platform that allows the Western Cape building and construction industry to respond to changes in their environment and enhances their business opportunities.  The Cape Construction Trade Expo creates dialogue among government, policy decision-makers and the building and construction sector. An interactive exhibition with the latest products, tools and technologies encourages a change towards more efficient and sustainable building. A strategic and technical workshop programme offers training and educational content.

For details and to register: www.cape-construction.co.za

Contact: Tamsin Collins: tamsin.collins@hypenica.com , +27 21 700 4354

October 2017
5-6 October – 7th Annual Telecom Customer Experience Loyalty & Retention Summit, Cape Town, South Africa

Increasingly, global telecom operators are focusing on CEM&CRM as their primary sustainable competitive advantage. Achieving true ownership of great customer experience beyond conventional methods. Moving forward, telcos will need to address how they bond with customers, discovering strategies and best practices for winning and retaining customers. In today’s competitive market, the future of your business depends on retaining your existing customers. This Summit will bring together leading executives from the telecom industries to tackle and overcome current industry issues. This event will look at the critical topics and trends currently impacting telcos in Africa.

  • Learn to operationalize customer experience
  • Learn to use NPS effectively as a key driver
  • Learn how to deliver a simple and profitable customer experience
  • Learn How to strike the balance between call centres and self-service channel
  • Identify expectations of your customers in order to increase ARPU and reduce churn

For further details and to register: http://telco.fextons.com/

10-12 October - The Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), Kigali, Rwanda

The Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) is attended by the highest calibre international hotel investors of any conference in Africa. It is the leading hotel investment conference that connects business leaders from the international and local markets, driving investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across Africa.

AHIF's speakers are prominent members of the hotel investment community. Their expertise, practical advice and forecast will provide attendees with the latest information on development, trends and best practice in the hotel investment industry.

To view the AHIF Website please go to www.africa-conference.com

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