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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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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.

27-28 June - The Manufacturing Indaba: Growing South African manufacturing, South Africa

The 4th annual Manufacturing Indaba will be hosted at Emperors Palace in the City of Ekurhuleni from the 27 – 28 June 2017.  The event will comprise a two-day conference and exhibition.  The event is hosted in partnership with the Department of Trade & Industry, the Department of Science & Technology, the Department of Public Enterprises, the Manufacturing Circle, the City of Ekurhuleni as the Host City and the NCPC-SA.

The aim of the Manufacturing Indaba is to focus on and boost the growth potential of key industry sectors within manufacturing, namely: automotive, construction, metals, forestry, paper & packaging, chemicals, aerospace & defence, industry products and services, and to provide a platform for informative and interactive sessions with the prime movers of the nation’s manufacturing sectors.

Attracting key industry leaders, policy makers, academia and potential leaders, the Indaba brings them together, providing a game changing platform to explore strategies that are tantamount to building South Africa’s manufacturing future for 2017. The planned keynote addresses and panel discussions will focus on the future of manufacturing in South Africa, centred around the role of manufacturing, how to build a stronger manufacturing sector and the growth sectors for the future.

It is without a doubt the leading annual manufacturing event and the networking and knowledge gained will far outweigh any other intervention.

For more info on this event, or to register for the Small Business Indaba, visit www.manufacturingindaba.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manufacturingindaba/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IndabaManufact

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

16-17 August - The 6th Customer Experience Management Africa Summit, Cape Town, South Africa

CEM Africa is a meeting place for CX professionals and innovative CX solution providers. The show takes place on the 16th & 17th of August 2017 at the state of the art Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, where like-minded customer experience experts and the top CX solution providers gather for an informative and educational summit with the common goal of improving customer experience across Africa.

CEM Agenda

The CEM Africa Summit agenda delves into the hot topics and key trends in the CX industry. With the assistance of an advisory panel of experts, we have developed 4 main themes:

  • The influence of advancing technology
  • Redesigning the customer journey
  • Internal changes for positive experiences
  • Understanding the customer
Advisory Panel

These experts are embedded in the industry, enabling them to provide practical knowledge on a variety of topics.

  • Ica Van Eeden, Head of Customer Service & Experience, Takealot
  • Shep Hyken, Customer Service Expert
  • Ian Golding, Certified Customer Experience Professional
  • Iain Meaker, Executive Manager Commercial Distribution, Comair
  • Prof. Adre Schreuder, CEO & Founder, Consulta & SAcsi
CX solution providers

Genesys, KPMG, Achievement Awards Group, IQ Business, Genex Insights, SAS, Inovo, Presence Technology, Smoke Customer Care Solutions, Forrester, Delight@work.

Website: www.cemafricasummit.com

Phone: 021 180 4700

Email: marcia@kineticevents.net

CXA Awards

The inaugural CX Africa Awards stems from the vision and success of the Customer Experience Management Summit. The CXA Awards celebrate and promote the highest level of customer experience across Africa. The CXA Awards gala dinner will be an evening of glamour and prestige while we celebrate CEM’s top achievers.

Master of Ceremonies

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  • Qaalfa Dibeehi, VP & Principal, Forrester
  • Julia Ahlfeldt, Customer Experience Specialist, Brand Union
  • Chantel Botha, CEO, Brandlove
  • Prof. Adre Schreuder, CEO & Founder, SAcsi & Consulta
Award Categories
      1. CXA Omni-channel Champion
      2. CXA Customer Insights Award
      3. CXA Customer-centric Culture Award
      4. CXA Digital Innovator
      5. CXA Game-changer Award
      6. The CX practitioner

KPMG will be verifying the awards processes to ensure impartial and unbiased results.

The second round of nominations closes on 30 June. Nominators will be entered into a draw to win a sizeable Takealot voucher. Click here to nominate a company/individual for an award.

The CXA Awards Ceremony takes place 15 August 2017 at the Century City Conference Centre.

For information about table bookings, nominations and sponsorship opportunities, contact marcia@kineticevents.net

Website: www.cxa-awards.com

Phone: 021 180 4700

Email: marcia@kineticevents.net

September 2017
20-22 September – 4th Propak West Africa, Lagos, Nigeria

The largest printing, packaging and plastics exhibition returns to the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. With more than 3000 visitors expected the Organisers, Afrocet Montgomery anticipate it to further extend its position as the leading industry exhibition in the region.

For the first time in West Africa, the continent wide AfriStar Awards will take place on the 21st September 2016 as a part of the event. The Awards are designed to showcase the very best of the African packaging industry. Over ninety exhibitors will be displaying their products and machinery across the two exhibition halls including, Snetor Chime, Global Sterling, Bry-Air and Krones. Alongside the exhibition booths a high-level Conference Program has been devised in close collaboration with leading public and private sector business leaders amidst feedback from the previous years’ events. The Conference Program will be delivered by thought leaders within the industry sphere through a combination of presentations and panel discussions on the most pertinent issue identified in the run up to the event.

Confirmed speakers from PZ Cussons, Ishida, Diageo and Krones will be joined by representatives from the likes of Coca Cola, Bank of Industry, Unilever and Pfizer.

The program is completed by a Roundtable Discussion which will aim to consolidate a number of the issues brought up throughout the week and look into ways of overcoming them.

The full Conference Program is available on www.propakwestafrica.com

27-28 September- The African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

The African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit sees African real estate and infrastructure development projects showcased and discussed in an exhibition and conference format. The summit will assist investors seeking their next investment on the African continent within real estate and infrastructure. The conference will see 400 leading real estate professionals, in both private and public sectors, open dialogue and discuss Africa's rapid urbanisation challenges with a focus on 4 key pillars namely Urban Development, Mobility, Housing and Technology.

This year we are expecting 400-500 high-level decision-making delegates who will be attending to view projects and speak to the project owners. With the support of Wesgro, who will use the platform as an investment week, the summit will also see leading investment promotional agencies attend and discuss their land opportunities within their respective regions.

URL: http://www.african-real-estate-summit.com/

October 2017
2 October - Waste Management and Recycling Africa Summit 2017, Nairobi, Kenya

Waste management is an important part of the urban infrastructure as it ensures the protection of the environment and of human health. It is now one of the major global environmental challenges being faced equally by all developed & developing countries. Waste management is something that should be a joint effort between government, industries and citizens. Our planet suffered tremendous damage after the industrial revolution when people mass-produced and then mass dumped products.

Waste Management and Recycling Africa Summit 2017 will be the first major event of this year in Nairobi focusing on the waste management and technology used to improve the current situation.  This conference would touch base with the new and upcoming Technologies in Waste management. We will also discuss the Environmental trends and challenges faced every day by industries in Africa and Globally. The event will take place in the heart of Nairobi on October 2nd – 3rd 2017.

We expect several hundred people from emerging markets to participate, including ministers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and other innovators. Additionally, the event will feature leading companies, officials and experts on waste treatment, environment and recycling from leading academic institutions, NGOs, and startups from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

For details and to register: www.bizenius.in/wastemanagementforum

10-11 October – 7th Annual Telecom Customer Experience Loyalty & Retention Summit, Johannesburg, 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

November 2017
23-24 November – 9th Annual Africa Public and Private Partnership (APPP) Conference, Cape Town, South Africa

AME Trade is proud to bring you the 9th annual Africa Public and Private Partnership (APPP) conference and showcase – Africa’s longest running PPP event taking place in Cape Town from 23 – 24 November, with pre-event training taking place on the 22nd November 2017.

Since its inception in 2009, Africa PPP has become the definite platform for discussing, informing and instigating the successful implementation of PPPs across the continent.

This year’s conference programme will showcase more African PPP bankable projects, bring you updates on project featured last year and dedicate more time to one-on-one meetings and avenues for closing the funding gap.

See more at www.ametrade.org/appp

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