Conference on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Africa 2012

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Conference on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Africa 2012

Time: March 10, 2012 all day
Location: School of Oriental and Africa Studies (SOAS)
Street: Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
City/Town: LONDON
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Phone: 01865589022
Event Type: conference
Organized By: Sub-Saharan Consulting Group
Latest Activity: Jul 9, 2012

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Event Description

Entrepreneurship is the keys to sustainable economic and private sector development in Africa, as growth accelerates on the continent, it generates with it new opportunities for investment. When it comes to future global investment strategies, Africa is high on the agenda for investors and entrepreneurs.The continent has become a more attractive investment destination over the last decade and is expected to sustain it's long term investment potential.

The conference will bring together government representatives, business leaders and entrepreneurs, to explore several aspects of entrepreneurship and economic development in Africa. The discussion will reflect on practical experience, real success and future prospects for growth and opportunity in Africa. Further promises to stimulate thought and action with a view to promoting more trade and investment in Africa’s dynamic economies.

Key areas to be addressed:

  • Tackling Africa economic problems through social entrepreneurship.
  • The role of the government tp promote and support SMEs growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Creating conducive business climate that will foster start-ups and attract FDIs.
  • The role of entrepreneurship in Africa's growing economy.
  • Unlocking untapped investment opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Creating employment opportunities through entrepreneurship.
  • Growing interest in frontier market investment: Opportunities and Challenges.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr John Hancock, Senior policy advisor to the Director-General for World Trade Organisation's Aid-for-Trade initiative, representative to the IMF and World Bank, and head of investment issues.
  • Abigail Noble, Head, Latin America and Africa, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and World Economic Forum Community of Social Entrepreneurs (tbc)
  • Patrick Gihana, Commercial Attache, Rwanda High Commission in the UK
  • Nick Rouse, Managing Director of Frontier Market Fund Managers, Standard Bank
  • Wiliam So, Former President and current Chief Advisor of China Unicom Africa and Managing Director of Powerhouse Ltd.
  • Geetha Tharmaratnam, Investment Principal, Aureos Capital
  • Tara O'Connor, Managing Director of Africa Risk Consulting
  • Dr Tunde Ogowewo, Lecturer in corporate finance law, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions law at King's College London
  • Dr Stewart Iyala, Director and Head of Trade, Finance and Management Development Programmes, Centre for African Trade, Finance, Law and Development (CATFLD) and Reseacher at London South Bank University.
  • Chijioke Kwadoko, Abia State, Nigeria
  • More speakers to be confirmed.


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