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What’s on in March/April? Take a look at our listing of free and paid-for events and activities and take advantage of discounts available to our subscribers.

ImageThe following is a listing of some events taking place in the UK and overseas in March and April 2017. For further information, please contact the organisers directly.

PLEASE NOTE: ReConnect Africa accepts no responsibility for any of the events listed and/or any dealings with the event organisers.
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/li>
  • 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

1 March – 5th Africa Business Forum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

A global community of 10,000 professionals, 20,000 registered international companies, 60,000 social media followers. 10 million views join Africa’s largest network of CEO’s.

The panel topics at the 5th Africa Business Forum represent the areas of Finance & Capital Investment, ICT, Agriculture & Mining, Power & Energy, Consumer Goods & General Trade, Logistics & Aviation, Infrastructure, Tourism, Hospitality & Real Estate, Manufacturing and all related industries

Since its creation in 2014, The Africa Business Forum has become one of the most important bi-annual gatherings in Africa and the Middle East. Africa Business Forum presents an invaluable opportunity for investors to connect with clients from across industries and from around the world. An opportunity to maximize market share by building connections with African customers and partners. The conference will host distinguished panelists and speakers, including ambassadors, high government officials, business leaders, investors and CEOs. Keynote speakers and conference panelists include:

  • Fitsum Arega – Director General of the Ethiopian Investment Commission – Ethiopia Government.
  • Belachew Fikre, PhD – Deputy Commissioner – Ethiopian Investment Commission - Ethiopia Government.
  • Yohannes Tilahun - Former CEO to General Electric (Ethiopia) and Adviser to the commissioner at Ethiopian Investment Commission.
  • Zemedeneh Negatu Country Managing Partner for EY (Ernest & Young) Ethiopia, and among “The Top 15 CEOs of Africa to watch in 2015K0; by the London-based African Business magazine.
  • Johnny Muteba – CEO, Pan African Chamber of Commerce.
  • Craig Bridgman – Former Global Head of Investment Banking for Clarkson Capital Markets, currently Executive Chairman of East Africa Oil Field Services and Founder of Adamantine Energy and who sits on a number of advisory boards.
  • Seyoum Bereded – CEO Consopia Consulting Services and President of the ICT Association of Ethiopia.
  • And many others, check AfricaBusinessForum(dot)com for details.

The panel topics at the 5th Africa Business Forum represent the areas of Finance & Capital Investment, ICT, Agriculture & Mining, Power & Energy, Consumer Goods & General Trade, Logistics & Aviation, Infrastructure, Tourism, Hospitality & Real Estate, Manufacturing and all related industries.

For details: www.AfricaBusinessForum.com

7-9 March – Propak East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
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


7-8 March – Africa Trade Summit & Expo, Cape Town, South Africa

Stimulating Africa’s SMMEs globally and locally through innovative big business and trade linkages

Can Africa trade with Africa? In an ideal world, the answer would be yes. But, despite the introduction of free trade areas, customs unions, and common markets within the region, the level of intra-African trade remains among the lowest in the world. What needs to change?

The summit looks into the feasibility of creating platforms necessary for Africa SMMEs to trade globally and locally through innovative big business and trade linkages.

Africa Trade Summit discusses-
  • The effective of local content, the implementation, the risks and the opportunities
  • The operational and trading risk that SMMEs face when they set their sights to approach global markets
  • Can Africa trade with Africa? Let alone the world? How well prepared are African SMMEs in the context of approaching global markets?
  • The Economics of SMMEs globally and locally to pave way for viable SME destinations
  • Creating ecosystems for Enterprise Development in Africa: Learning from best practice
  • Effective and sustainable incubation policies: What incubators
  • Economic motivation behind Enterprise and Supplier Development in Africa
  • Various policies and acts shaping out SMME development across Africa and analysing the effectiveness of local content strategies
  • Procurement and Supply Chain world-class benchmarking with relevance to ESD and economic growth: Where does procurement and SCM fit in?


8 March – HR Conference & Expo, Durban, South Africa

This premier HR event has taken place in Cape Town annually for the last 6 years with great success! We would like to share this premier HR event with the HR Community in Durban!

All Human Resources professionals that wish to stay at the forefront of innovative best practices, strategies and trends in Human Resources in South Africa need to attend this event.

This one-day conference will offer you interactive networking opportunities with fellow HR Professionals and Service Providers to the Human Resources & Training Industry in South Africa. 

DOWNLOAD the HR Conference & Expo - Durban - Conference Programme (PDF)


9-10 March - 3rd Powering Africa, Washington DC, USA

Amidst the wait for US foreign policy decisions, proactive energy sector leaders from Africa get set to return to Washington DC for EnergyNet’s 3rd Powering Africa: Summit this March

The Summit is supported again by Power Africa, the U.S. government interagency created to establish 60 million new household and business connections by 2030

LONDON, United Kingdom, January 17, 2017/ -- The annual Powering Africa: Summit (www.PoweringAfrica-Summit.com) returns to Washington DC this March providing a platform for Africa’s energy sector stakeholders and developers to engage multilaterals, global investors and technology providers. The meeting will present backbone energy and infrastructure projects to the most proactive partners.

The Summit in 2016 welcomed 620 attendees from 18 countries and whilst 65% of delegates originated from North America, investors from Europe and Asia also participated, seeking partnerships with leading technology companies, governmental agencies, the World Bank, IFC and others to drive forward their African projects already under development.

The Summit is supported again by Power Africa, the U.S. government interagency created to establish 60 million new household and business connections by 2030, aiding the potential to double the size of some African economies and the spending power of the projected 1.5bln people.

Also supporting the meeting is the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), US Africa Development Foundation and the US Africa Business Center (USABC). EnergyNet’s (www.EnergyNet.co.uk)

13-15 March – 4th Commonwealth Africa Summit, London

Spend up to a week with us in London as we delve into full-day pre-summit activities, expert sessions, plenaries, networking sessions, gala and award dinner, and of course participate in the wreath laying ceremony and the Commonwealth Day Observance Service with Her Majesty – The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. 

The Commonwealth Africa Summit gathers leading entrepreneurs, former and serving heads of governments, senior government officials, commonwealth leaders, civil society organisations, investors, and leading executives to facilitate dialogue and action on key and relevant issues ranging from trade and investment, entrepreneurship and job creation, economic development, Security and counterterrorism, Energy and Power amongst other relevant issues in Africa and the Commonwealth.

Some of the Eminent Speakers Invited and Expected this year includes the CAFI Chairperson and Nigeria's Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, Barbados Former Prime Minister Mr Arthur Owen, Nigeria's Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Tanzania's President John Magufuli and many more Government and Busines Leaders.

The Commonwealth Africa Summit is a high level, multi-stakeholder event that annually brings together government and business leaders from the Commonwealth and allies to facilitate dialogue and action on key and relevant issues ranging from trade and investment, entrepreneurship and job creation, economic development, Security and counterterrorism, Energy and Power amongst other relevant issues in Africa.

The summit is recognized by Governments and business leaders as one of the most important events for the international investment community, providing commonwealth nations from Africa a high-level platform to showcase investment opportunities and interact with global leaders, senior policymakers, corporate executives, investors, African leaders in diaspora, and civil society leaders from across the world.

For details and to register: www.commonwealthafrica.com

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?"


  • 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

14-16 March – HR Directors’ Conference, Cape Town, South Africa

As the world of work is changing and is continuously being reinvented by social, economic and technological forces, CEOs and boards are increasingly expecting HR to steer the organisational strategy. It's time for HR executives to rise to the challenge and strengthen their influence and value across the organisation.

As a profession, HR has the potential to shape the future of the organisation and work, which is exciting but also challenging. It's vital that HR helps to build resilient workforces that will help organisations not only grow, but thrive.

Attend the HR event of the year b’ the intellectual playground for HR thought leaders!

At this prestigious HR event you will gain access to:

3 Engaging and practical workshops

8 Keynotes

2 International speakers

2 Powerful days

25+ Industry speakers

150+ Fellow HR executives - excellent networking environment


15-16 March – 8th Annual IT Leaders Africa Summit, Cape Town, South Africa

One aspect of the CIO's leadership role is sourcing and managing talent.  At the 8th Annual IT Leaders Africa Summit, our esteemed leading CIO speakers will be engaging in a panel discussion surrounding the benefits of contract vs. permanent, and outsourcing vs. in-house. This panel will address how to extract the maximum contribution from employees, and managing talent, as well as skills identification.

The panel members include:

Kevin Kinyanjui, CIO, Kenya Airways

Stanley M. Chege, CIO/Head of ICT, Madison Group Kenya

Rolan Christian, Executive Manager: ICT Operations, Medscheme/HeliosITS

Toni Serra, CIO, AECI

Abdul Baba, Independent


Click here to register

Click here to request the agenda.

For more information, contact marcia@kineticevents.net or visit www.itleaders.co.za

17-19 March – The Education Show, Birmingham, UK

The Education Show 2016 attracts 10,000 visitors providing with the opportunity to meet +300 exhibitors and over 120 brand new companies. Make sure you start planning your visit to the NEC Birmingham next 17-19 March 2016 to make the most of your time at the show

How will your school become an even more inspirational place to teach and learn next year? Discover the answer at The Education Show, with the help of experts, solution providers and each other.


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

22-23 March – Cashless Africa Expo 2017, Lagos, Nigeria

Digital disruption is shifting the balance stay of power in financial services and influencing the way, millions of people bank their money, make payments, remittances and more, in a continent where mobile phone penetration exceed bank accounts and bank cards ownership, combined.

Africa’s highly regulated financial industry now needs to adapt itself to the on-going disruptions in the Fintech space and the increasing demands of young and energetic customers which represent a significant percentage of the continent’s population.

The CashlessAfrica conference is a platform for financial services supply side actors to share their innovation, rethink their current models and gain valuable market insight of the African digital financial services market.

The conference agenda, keynote and interactive sessions will focus on carefully selected topics such as:

  • The digital bank and evolution in a Competitive market;
  • The Future of banking, money and payments in Africa;
  • Disruptive technologies and their impact on Financial Services in Africa;
  • Balancing regulation against innovation;
  • Remittances in the digital age;
  • Fintechs and Banks: Collaboration or Competition;
  • Protecting the customer in a digitalized economy.

New for 2017, the expo will host a Hackathon session which will drive collaboration to co-create solutions to compelling financial services challenges across Africa and the CashlessAfrica champion awards, given to organizations that have made a significant contribution to the digital financial services industry in Africa.

Speakers already signed up from Helix institute, Pwc Nigeria, Oradian, Millicom, Voguepay, Barclays Bank, Musoni, Wallettec, Konga, Redcloud, TransferTo, Chamsmobile, ConnectAfrica, Hormuud Telecoms, Impala pay and M-paya.

Join them and 30 other thought leaders to learn about the future of Fintech, mobile financial services, remittance and digital financial services at CashlessAfrica 2017 in the energetic city of Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy.

For details and to register: www.CashlessAfrica.com

23 March – Germany-Africa Business Forum, Frankfurt, Germany

This year, Germany will host the first ever privately held event exclusively dedicated to strengthening trade and investment ties between Germany and the African continent. The Germany-Africa Business Forum (www.GermanyAfrica.com), which will take place March 23, 2017 in Frankfurt, capitalizes on a wave of interest taken by the German government and companies to increase their engagement with African countries. Last October, German Chancellor made a 3-day visit to Mali, Niger and Ethiopia, vowing that Africa would be a major focal point of its G20 presidency, which began in December 2016.

Even with annual trade with Africa of $60 billion, Germany has lagged behind other countries that have done more to seize trade opportunities. The Germany-Africa Business Forum will seek to familiarize German companies with the continent and diversify their investment base. Out of more than $10 billion in German investments on the continent each year, 90 percent is with just three countries – South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria.

Already confirmed as speakers for the Germany-Africa Business Forum include Charles Huber, MP and Member of the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development, Republic of Germany; Okechukwu E. Enelamah, Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment of Nigeria; H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea; and Carole Kariuki, CEO of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance.

For more information, please visit www.GermanyAfrica.com.

28-30 March – 3rd Agrofood & Plastpack Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria

Organized by the German trade fair specialists fairtrade (www.Fairtrade-Messe.de), agrofood & plastpack Nigeria 2017 will take place from 28 to 30 March 2017 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos. For the first time Germany will host an official German Pavilion at agrofood & plastpack Nigeria 2017 featuring more than 20 German technology leaders presenting their innovations on 500 square meters net exhibition. The German Pavilion is presented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry AUMA. Supported by VDMA-German Engineering Federation German exhibitors include among others ADM's Wild, AWILA, BBM, Bosch Packaging, DIOSNA, Döhler, Fritsch, GEA, Güntner, Ingredion, Inoex, IPT, Kautex, KHS, Kuhne, Leistritz, Mall + Herlan, Motan-Colortronic, Symrise, Vibrofloors, Werner & Pfleiderer and Windmöller & Hölscher.

VDMA again holds food tec-symposium

VDMA again holds a Symposium on food and drink technology under the slogan “German Technology – Tailor made for foodstuff processing & packaging”. “This year again we will present the strengths of German engineering in Lagos”, says Martina Claus, Head of Market Development Africa, VDMA. “This event will give an excellent opportunity to meet leading manufacturers of machinery for the production and packaging of food and beverages.”

agrofood & plastpack Nigeria 2017 s supported by the Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS, adepta, Advantage Austria, AHK-Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria, Business France, IOPN-Institute of Packaging Nigeria and the Nigerian-German Business Association.

For details and to register: www.Fairtrade-Messe.de

To End March – African Heritage Volunteer Tours, V&A, London

African Heritage Galleries Tour Series are specialist structures tours researched, written and presented by 10 volunteer guides who were trained earlier in 2016.  Come and join them and share in their passion and pride as they reveal the extraordinary Afro-European narratives within the new Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries.

 The full African Heritage Tours in the Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries START on Friday 6 January at 15.00 and 19.30, and Saturday 7 January at 15.00, and REPEAT WEEKLY every Friday and Saturday EXCEPT for the last week of each month.  Meet at The Meeting Point in the Grand Entrance of the museum.


28-29 March – Ghana Insurance 2017, Accra, Ghana

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


According 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 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.

  • 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
  • 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

email: ap@tradeessential.com

Website: www.tradeessential.com

28-29 March – Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

Power & Electricity World Africa is co-located with The Solar Show, Energy Efficiency and The Water Show and brings together over 7000 power and energy professionals 2 days of learning, networking and buying.

Here are just a sample of some of the fantastic topics to come listen to:
  1. 1. Leveraging digitalisation to improve plant operational reliability and maintenance
  2. 2. Humidity effects in Substations
  3. 3. Proactive and preventative asset management to ensure reliability
  4. 4. CHP: Maximizing energy efficiency, minimizing environmental impact and reducing operational costs
  5. 5. Solutions for EMI and EMP protection in Critical infrastructure = EMC Hardening of the grid which is a hot topic globally
  6. 6. Market trends, innovation & business models for solar PV
  7. 7. Innovative off-grid systems and applications

Benefit from setting up meetings with top industry solution providers via our Jublia networking platform. Onsite,use our dedicated meeting hub to setup your business meetings and set the stage to find solutions that will transform your business.

Attend 30 minute demonstrations and walk away with new ideas and knowledge on power generation, transmission and distribution, solar technology and clean technology.

Shop for products from over 300 exhibitors. Your only chance to discover the hottest power and energy solutions from across the globe all in one place.

Head to the sponsor and exhibitor stands to see the latest energy innovations: product demos, announcements, press releases and much more.

To see more visit: www.terrapinn.com/powerafrica
Register now- it's FREE!

31 March- 1 April - 4th LSE Africa Summit, London

The LSE Africa Summit is a platform to engage and explore cutting edge research and business trends across Africa's rapidly changing socio-economic environment. Now in its fourth year, the event is divided into a research conference, where academics and researchers will present recent research findings, followed by a business conference featuring senior government officials and leading entrepreneurs leading current developments across the continent.

This 4th LSE Africa Summit will thus focus on the theme: “Built for Africa: African Solutions to African Issues?” The theme seeks to will highlight African solutions to pressing issues facing the continent. In particular, Built for Africa will explore both outsourced and insourced ideas that are developed with, for and to a large extent, by Africans.

The BUSINESS CONFERENCE PANELS: Panel 1- Improving Africa’s Service Economy, Panel 2: Rethinking Africa’s Trade Policies, Panel 3: Bridging Africa's Financing Gap Panel 4: Philanthropy’s Role in Mitigating Inequality in Africa

The RESEARCH PANELS: Panel 1-Building a Secure Africa: Conflict, Terrorism and the R2P, Panel 2 - Reinventing Africa’s Educational Systems: New Frontiers in Structure and Delivery, Panel 3- Law & Development, From the Streets to the Courts: Citizen-Led Accountability, Panel 4 - Inno-Native Design: Locally Contextualized Solutions, Panel 5 - Harnessing Africa’s Informal Sector.

For further details and to register: is https://www.lseafricasummit.org

4-5 April – 9th Africa Cement Trade Summit, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Elsewhere in Africa, Ethiopia has emerged in the past two years as one of Africa’s largest markets for the cement industry, vying with Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa. As South Africa’s cement plants are aging and requires investments for modernization, competition is getting stiffer among local bigwig cement players as well as global cement majors.

In view of the above, ‘Gaining a Foothold in Africa’s Competitive Cement Industry’ is the focus of the upcoming CMT’s 9th Africa Cement Trade Summit.

Key insights include:

  • Gain insights on cement market development and project update 2017-2022 in SSA, North & South Africa
  • Get the latest on Africa’s infrastructure development and construction outlook
  • Find out more about energy management and alternative materials and more…

You may view the event details here http://www.cmtevents.com/aboutevent.aspx?ev=170411&

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/

19-21 April – 6th Africa HR Leaders Conference, Accra, Ghana

In its 6th year of inception, the Africa HR Leaders Conference has become the continent’s dedicated HR conference specifically for HR professionals and people in management, operating in the private, not-for-profit and public sector in Africa.

This year’s conference will address the increasing use of data and analytics in the practice of HR and Talent Management. We will focus on some success stories of organizations that are making important progress and adding value through analytical approaches and technologies to inform and improve people processes and talent-management decisions.

As analytics and data-driven capabilities become more important to top management and more accessible and available in HR technological solutions, it is critical for HR leaders to stay abreast with the latest developments, to learn from successful organizations, and to position themselves and their HR teams to add value through the effective use of predictive analytics.

The organizational challenges of engaging and retaining the best and most talented Over the years, this important HR conference has seen many presentations from some of Africa’s crème-del a-crème HR experts and visionaries. The main thematic areas to be addressed at the conference are as follows:

  • Workforce Analytics
  • HR Technology & Innovation
  • Employee Engagement Initiatives
  • Talent Assessments & Succession Plans
  • Performance Management, Benefits & Rewards
  • Labour Relations &Employment Standards Laws?
  • Organizational Development &Effectiveness
  • Wellness in the Workplace
  • Conflict Management

For further information, please contact the organisers directly.

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