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Time: November 4, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm
Location: Central Hall Westminster
Street: Storey's Gate (William Sangster Room)
City/Town: London SW1H 9NH
Event Type: 2010 event series, #featafrica
Organized By: Business Action for Africa, Harvard Kennedy School CSR Initiative, DFID
Latest Activity: Apr 28, 2013
Unlocking Africa’s trading potential, especially intra-African trade, is now recognised by both governments and the private sector as being critical to accelerating the scope and pace of regional integration and economic growth in Africa. Removing trading constraints will improve regional competitiveness, increase access to international markets, and reduce poverty.
The event is sponsored by:
Sue Clark, Corporate Affairs Director, SABMiller
Giulia Di Tommaso, External Affairs Director, Unilever Africa
Peter Lilley MP, Trade Out of Poverty
Frank Matsaert, Executive Director, TradeMark East Africa
Chair: Simon Maxwell, Research Fellow, ODI
For governments and the private sector, more integrated African markets will encourage job creation, lead to increased investment and create economies of scale that will encourage the increase of productive capacity. Reducing the cost and complexity of doing business across borders will also provide business with more scope to widen regional and global supply chains, and enable products to reach markets faster.
Key questions for governments, policy makers and the private sector include:
-What contribution to accelerating regional trade and integration can the private sector best make?
-How can the private sector work most effectively with governments and donor institutions?
-What new frameworks and models of collaboration are emerging?
17.00 Registration opens
17.30-18.15 Introduction and panel presentations