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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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February 2017
9-10 February - The Telecom Fraud Control and Revenue Assurance Forum (TFCRA- Africa), Johannesburg, South Africa

ImageThe Telecoms Fraud & Revenue assurance Forum – Africa 2017 offers exceptional learning opportunities to assist you in developing effective fraud and revenue assurance strategies. Align the most current case the study has driven insight with your objectives and avoid becoming another victim of the more than $37.1billion fraud losses that have hit your fellow telecoms operators in 2015 The Telecom Fraud and Revenue assurance Forum - Africa is a perfect platform for customers, partners and industry experts to meet in person and exchange thoughts on the industry direction.

This will be a 5-star event bringing together the key players from the Telecom sectors who are handling Fraud Management and Revenue assurance, especially in African, Middle East and Asian Regions.

WHO WILL YOU MEET?

Fraud Directors, Risk Management Directors, Revenue Assurance Director, Head of Fraud Management, Head of Fraud Prevention, Head of Revenue Assurance, Head of Billing, Fraud and Revenue Assurance Managers ,Security & Roaming Managers and more primarily from African region, Middle east and Asia

Click Here to Register:www.tfcra-africa.com/register

Website:www.tfcra-africa.com

28 February-1 March, 2nd Annual Aid & Development Africa Summit, Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

ImageThe Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017 unites regional and global expertise to offer a unique opportunity for cross-sector engagement between UN and government agencies, NGOs, donors and the private sector.

As Timket A. Biresaw, Deputy Country Director, International Life Line Fund stated “the Aid & Development Africa Summit provides a platform for private-public-civil society partnership”.

Reasons to attend Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017:
  • Debate the lessons learned from the recent drought crisis with all actors involved in humanitarian aid and development programmes in sub-Saharan East Africa
  • Hear latest trends in procurement in the region, as well as policy updates and technological innovations to support emergency response, financing of development and aid programmes
  • Find out about best practice in the supplier management and how to address supply chain challenges, including getting aid to areas of reduced infrastructure or conflict
  • Learn about latest ICT developments and data strategy required to support SDGs, health resilience and emergency communication
  • Find out how to build a culture of resilience and strengthen disaster preparedness, including initiatives and partnerships to improve health, livelihoods and safety of displaced people
  • Build long lasting partnerships through structured networking opportunities, knowledge exchange and debates that influence regional development and humanitarian goals
Latest speaker confirmations at Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017:
  • David Clapp, Coordinator of Sub-Regional Platform for East and Southern Africa, United Nations Development Programme
  • Prabhat Garg, Practice Lead & Senior Director – Program Procurements, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Dr Sharad Sapra, Director of Global Innovation Centre, United Nations Children's Fund
  • Rishi Ramrakha, Head of Zone Logistics Unit, Africa, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Christopher M. Hoffman, Regional Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Director, World Vision
  • Miriam Maluwa, Country Director, Ethiopia, UNAIDS
  • Barlin H. Ali, Program Coordinator, Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI), USAID
  • Martin Mbalu, Field IT Service Delivery Manager, PATH
  • Nenad Bojovic, Director, Network Operations Center, International Rescue Committee
  • Janet Mawiyoo, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Community Development Foundation
  • Dr Feleke Tadele, Country Director, Ethiopia, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada
  • Alpha Bah, Chief, Global ETC & IT EPR Branch (RMTF), United Nations World Food Programme
  • Mathias Lardinois, Program Coordinator, Belgian Development Agency (BTC)
  • Peter Mwarogo, Country Director, Kenya, FHI 360

Register your participation now to join engaging and inspiring discussions with 70+ expert speakers and mingle with over 300 senior representatives from regional governments, UN agencies, NGOs, Red Cross, development banks, civil society organisations and the private sector.

"The AIDF Africa Summit was inspiring. It was energising to hear about innovations" - Adele Beerling, Country Coordinator, Swiss Red Cross Ethiopia

"Very beneficial as it highlights several areas of innovation in health care systems" - Beng Teoh, Consultant, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

The Aid & Development Africa Summit would like to thank its sponsors B Medical Systems, Losberger, Global Helicopter Service and DSV Air & Sea for their support.

For more information about the Summit, visit

https://goo.gl/pwbIRp

March 2017
1 March - Thomson Reuters and Private Equity Africa Annual Review and Outlook Seminar, London

Thomson Reuters and Private Equity Africa will be hosting the next Annual Review and Outlook Seminar on 1st March 2017. This evening seminar will take place at Thomson Reuters in Canary Wharf starting at 6pm.

In its 7th year, this very popular event offers a great networking opportunity, pulling together between 150 and 200 delegates. The evening commences with specialist presentations on economic, legal and risk expectations, which culminate into an investor panel discussion.

The evening ends with a networking drinks reception.

This year’s key topics are –

  • Top Sectors and Strategies for 2017
  • Data Presentation: 2017 deal making and fundraising review
  • Key investment sectors in 2017
  • Exits expectations in 2017
  • Economic forecasts
  • Key Africa investment risks in 2017

Further details can be found here

7-9 March – Propak East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
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Propak East Africa is the largest Exhibition and Conference to the packaging, printing and plastics industry in East Africa.

 Running from the 7-9 March 2017 at the KICC in Nairobi, the event will welcome over 3000 attendees over the three days. With over 100 visitors from all corners of the world, visitors will come to discover and discuss the latest technologies and solutions available.

Exhibitors at the exhibitions will be suppliers of products and services for packaging materials, packaging machinery, converting, food processing, printing, labelling, plastics and raw materials.

Alongside the exhibition a high level conference program will run with presentations, technical classes and panel discussions from the leading minds in the sector from the region and around the globe. The conference is being constructed with close collaboration from the leading Industry Associations, Commercial Partners and Ministries so that it focuses in on the issues that are pertinent for East Africa.

2017 will be the third instalment of this continent wide exhibition, with sister shows in South Africa and Nigeria, each being the largest exhibitions of their types in their respective regions.

For more information visit: www.propakeastafrica.com

Contact:Othello Rolet

Tel: +44 (0) 207 886 3028

Email:othello.rolet@montex.co.uk

14-15 March – 5th Commercial Farm Africa 2016, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

ImageCentre for Management Technology, a global conference organizer is organizing the 5th Commercial Farm Africa 2016 in Tanzania.
In partnership with the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, this established must-attend event for the global agriculture community focuses on dual themes of "Agriculture transformation through value additions and innovative technologies" and "How farms adapt to new market conditions and commodity prices?"

Highlights:

  • Where are the next hot spots for Africa’s agri investment? 
  • Innovative technologies to drive farm productivity & access to markets
  • Sustainable farm investments & operation case studies
  • Focus: Rice, Soya, Fruits, Palm, Bioenergy Crops, Sugar, Wheat, Corn, Tea/Coffee
  • Access to affordable input materials amid market consolidation
  • Improving soil health & nutrients management
  • Financing agri projects & options
  • Closing the gap in energy-infrastructure link
  • For For more details click on: http://www.cmtevents.com/main.aspx?ev=161134&pu=268653

21-23 March – Securex West Africa – Lagos, Nigeria

ImageWest Africa is the most established and only dedicated Security and Public Safety event to serve the Government and Private Sector in West Africa.

The West African market place is abundant with opportunities in the ever-changing security market. The evolution from the static manned guarding options to a more complex solution approach which incorporates automation, cyber and personal security provides a huge range of prospective selling points for those seeking to expand or join the regions security sector.

In 2017, over 2500 visitors are expected over the three days, who will come to discover and discuss the latest technologies and product solutions available on the market from the 120 exhibitors exhibiting in Lagos.

Alongside the exhibition a high-level conference program will run with presentations, technical classes and panel discussions from the leading minds in the sector from across the region and around the globe. The conference is being constructed in close collaboration with the leading Industry Associations, Commercial Partners and Ministries so that it focuses on the issues that are most pertinent for West Africa.

2017 will host the seventh edition in West Africa of this continent-wide exhibition, with sister shows in South Africa and Kenya. The Exhibition takes place at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos from the 21-23 March 2017 and it promises to continue its place as the paramount platform for sharing initiatives within the sectors.

For more information visit: www.securexwestafrica.com
Contact: Joleen Sibley.
Email: Joleen.sibley@montex.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 207 886 3048

28-29 March – Ghana Securities and Capital Market 2017, Accra, Ghana

ImageAccording to the World Bank, the growth rate of the GDP for Ghana is expected to reach around 7.5% by 2018, showing a steady growth attracting investors. Taking into account this anticipated growth, TRADE ESSENTIAL is organizing Ghana Securities and Capital Market 2017 to share insight on the current status and future outlook of Ghana's securities and capital markets. The conference will highlight the changing trends in market of Ghana after the significant merger of International Finance Corporation and Ghana Stock Exchange, the benefits of the launch of Ghana Commodities Exchange and the Derivatives market, also throw light on the new government enforcement: Capital gain tax, and the amendments made in Security Industry Bill, to assist the investors and financial firms for tapping key opportunities that the market has to offer. The conference will reach out to the professionals from the finance industry and bring to them investment and other capital market concerns.

Ghana Securities and Capital Market 2017 will also talk about the initiatives promoting the orderly growth and development of an efficient, fair and transparent securities market in which investors and the integrity of the market are protected through the proactive implementation of the Securities Laws. With the aim of advancing the growth of Ghanaian Economy the conference will unfold the various aspects of Investing in Capital Markets solving major social and environmental problems, boosting the agriculture sector, Ghana Alternative Exchange (GAX) targeting growth of both start-up companies and existing SMEs.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Outlook: An Overview on the Current Status of Ghana’s Capital Market
  • Highlights on Positive Impact with the Implementation of Security Industry Bill on Capital Market
  • Capital Gain Tax: Impacting the Investment Climate of Ghana Financial Market
  • Demutualization Acting as a Key Growth Factor of Ghana Stock Exchange
  • Future Aspects of Capital Market with the Launch of Ghana Commodity Exchange
  • Capitalizing the Growth Possibilities with Ghana Alternative Market
  • Growing Role of the Financial Market in the Ghanaian Economy

OUR EMINENT SPEAKERS

  • Jeffrey Ken Baiden, Chief Investment Officer at NIMED Capital Limited
  • Isaac Adjin Bonney, Principal Internal Auditor at Government Administration
  • Williams Olowojoba, Head CF&A at First Atlantic Brokers Limited
  • Arnold Parker, Managing Director at AFB (Ghana) PLC
  • Dr. Johnson Pandit Asiama, Second Deputy Governor at Bank of Ghana
  • Eugene Coal Gbedemah, C.E.O at Brooks Investment Plus
  • Geoffrey Maison, Research and Investment Banking Analyst at CAL Brokers Limited

For further information visit: http://tradeessential.com/events/ghana-securities-and-capital-market/

For registrations visit: http://tradeessential.com/events/ghana-securities-and-capital-market/#Register

Contact Details: Ms. Angela Phul, Manager, Trade Essential (TE)

Tel: +44 208 263 6032
www.tradeessential.com

28-29 March – Ghana Insurance 2017, Accra, Ghana
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Ghana Insurance Conference will underline the major issues for the insurance industry while also brainstorming the root causes and effective innovative solutions inspiring the upward growth.

  • Legal Frameworks: Market reforms to reduce fragmentation and improve solvency. “No Premium, No Coverage” is also strengthening the sector’s capital base
  • Merger and Acquisitions: M&A in the Ghana insurance industry and its positive effects on the economy are some of the lightning rods for the silver lining. Companies in the sector are reporting strong profits and good premium growth, while interest is high from international investors, with 2014 and 2015 characterised by a series of major transactions.
  • Bancassurance: Bancassurance is a booming business in Ghana. In early 2015 Société Générale and Prudential Life Assurance signed a bancassurance agreement. Universal Merchant Bank announced plans to expand its bancassurance operations. Stanbic is also in the Ghanaian market.
  • M insurance (Mobile Insurance): There are recent progressions and developments like the penetration of M insurance (Mobile Insurance) in the market which is a success story for the insurance industry owing to the familiarity of MNOs (Mobile Network Operators).
  • Microinsurance: Ghana being a developing economy holds the key to treasure for the microinsurance industry, microinsurance can help the general masses tremendously. the number of policies jumped from 1.7min 2011 to 4m in 2015.
  • Ghana Reinsurance:  Reinsurance industry too is calling for an innovative touch owing to unpredictable global risks and technological advancements.

For further details and to register: http://tradeessential.com/events/ghana-insurance-2017

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

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

June 2017
13-14 June – Sustainable Properties Africa Conference & Exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya
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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.

Energy

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.

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