Executing effectively in Africa

6 x Breakaway workshops focused on key opportunities and challenges when doing business across the continent

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Executing effectively in Africa

6 x Breakaway workshops focused on key opportunities and challenges when doing business across the continent

  1. The East African Boom: Don't be left behind - CTICC Room 1.41 (1st floor)
    The interest shown by organisations to invest in the East African region is unprecedented and, as investors rapidly position themselves to take advantage of multiple emerging opportunities, this is the opportune time to participate in the action. The East African economy has grown significantly despite the global financial and economic crisis. Further, the region offers a market of 140 million people with a further 120 million in three adjacent countries of Ethiopia, Mozambique and South Sudan. However, doing business in the region still poses a number of challenges. Understanding these challenges and how to overcome or navigate is vital for organisations seeking to enter and operate successfully in the region. This session provides practical insights of how organisations can respond to market entry related challenges to do business in the region.

  2. Successfully investing in West Africa: A practical perspective - CTICC Room 1.42 (1st floor)The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a community of 15 states with over 300 million people and a forecasted GDP growth rate of approximately 6%. However, there are a number of challenges that come with investing in this attractive market. Understanding these challenges and how to effectively and efficiently manage them is invaluable to running a successful business in West Africa. The focus of this session will be to navigate through the practicalities of doing business in West Africa. During this session, we will share our experiences with successful businesses in the region and give insight into how they have been able to manage the various challenges in the market to their advantage.

  3. What it takes to succeed in Francophone Africa - CTICC Room 1.43 (1st floor)
    With the sluggish state of global economic growth, the world is facing unusual turbulence and turns to Africa in a quest for economic revival. Even in these days of volatile political stability, leading indicators show more than a decade of continuous growth in the French speaking parts of the continent. It is clear that the status quo is shifting and there is an emergence of a 'new deal', which changes the rules of the game, especially for those French organisations that have historically held a competitive advantage within these French speaking nations. Since the early 2000s, Francophone governments have being diversifying their international partners away from France. The reality and shared perspective is that Francophone Africa is no longer France's exclusive backyard and multinational corporations from other countries are beginning to play a bigger role in these economies. This session will focus on shedding light on some of the economic success stories of Francophone Africa and will address the changes that have begun to emerge within these diverse economies.

  4. Angola: More than an Oil & Gas story - CTICC Room 1.44 (1st floor)
    It is well known that Angola was the world's fastest growing economy over the ten years to 2010 and it continues to be amongst the fastest growing economies on the continent. This growth has been fuelled, and will continue to be, by significant inflows of FDI capital attracted by Angola's substantial oil and just reserves. However there is more to Angola than the oil & gas story. It is a story of a growing middle class and a diversifying economy which is attracting investors into sectors including but not limited to construction, telecommunications, financial services and retail and consumer products. The opportunities in these and other sectors are exciting for investors but, as with any business entry into a new country, there are challenges to be faced. The focus of this interactive session will be to share experiences of existing investors in Angola in the non-resources sectors and learn from them, as well as representatives from the Angolan authorities. The discussion will be around how best to take advantage of the opportunities, and navigate the practicalities of doing business in Angola.

  5. Indian Tigers on an African Safari - Room 2.41/42 (2nd floor)

  6. Growing and managing a multiple country investment portfolio: Lessons learnt. - Room 2.43/44 (2nd floor)
    Presentation & Panel with Q&A Private equity (PE) investors often work with the businesses they back to expand into new geographies - developing them into strong regional or international players. By leveraging broad networks and deep transaction experience, PE investors can bring far more than funding to help businesses accelerate their growth strategy. In this session you will hear from both PE investors and portfolio company executives about how PE investors have helped companies achieve their multinational expansion strategies.