UK – AFRICA SME TRADE & INVESTMENT CONFERENCE 2015
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UK - Africa SME Trade & Investment
Unlocking new consumers and opportunities for
SMEs through strengthened UK – Africa trade ties,
investment and business linkages.
19 February 2015, London
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Conference at a Glance
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1 Day of
Sessions & panel
insights & analytics
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SMEs are important engines of economic growth both in the UK and Africa.
Represent between 80 – 90% of firms operating the economies, creating
employment opportunities and improving social economic environment. While
markets investment opportunities in Africa continue to shift, local economic
characteristics and business landscape continue to change rapidly. With traditional
operation processes, approaches and models being challenged, stakeholders and
consumers are demanding innovative solutions and inclusive models from firms that
seek to drive value while meeting market needs and regulatory requirements. As a
result, global firms and investors are increasingly looking externally for innovative
approaches, effective operation tools, leading multi stakeholder’s management
practices and entrepreneurial collaboration models coupled with new technologies.
From West to East and Southern Africa, many of the economies are growing fast,
creating new consumer markets and marching to prosperity. To date, successful
investment deals, M&A, JVs, collaborations and partnership models, and operation
practices in the region require SMEs to understand effectively local market context,
economic plans and priorities. Furthermore, need to be efficiently capitalised and
identify opportunities in high growth industries and sectors; break down internal
barriers and adapt new ways of working across the region as stakeholders,
technology and consumers move to the centre with diverse set of collaborators.
Join us on 19 February 2015, where industry experts, business leaders,
entrepreneurs, investors and Government officials will gather to discuss financing
options and present current opportunities in Africa for UK companies. The
conference is ideal platform for international and domestic participants to share
latest insights, grasp developing trends, practices, ideas and build new business
relationship. Further offer opportunities for companies and exhibitors to enhance
brand awareness, showcase their solutions, products and services; and to connect
with other suppliers.
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09:00 – 10:30 Exploring African Market Potential
Africa’s attractiveness as a business location.
Africa market reform – A government perspective.
Perspectives on current and future developments opportunities.
What are key demand drivers in Africa?
Key technologies and advancements set to revolutionise businesses and
Changing consumer landscape, needs and regulatory requirements.
11:00 – 12:30 Risk Capital and Investment for Innovative SMEs
Financing and structuring projects in Africa.
Capital projects financing and appraisals.
SME banking, financial instruments, facilities and funding opportunities.
Debt and equity investment opportunities.
Inclusive financing and Social Responsible Investment (SRI).
13:30 – 15:00 Opportunities for UK Companies in Africa
Major projects for multinational SMEs.
High growth sectors and industries for investment.
Unlocking new consumer markets and value.
What are the biggest supply, technologies and skills gaps?
Developing effective supply chains to achieve sustainable delivery.
15:30 – 16:45 How can SMEs Compete in Africa?
Overcoming challenges through developing strong partnerships.
Supporting SMEs for Growth, Innovation and Jobs.
Maximising value and returns.
How to improve operation, capital and talent capabilities.
New model for collaboration to ensure sustainable growth.
16:45 – 17:00 Closing remarks
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Dr Olu Fasan, Senior Adviser - Energy Policy and Business Competitiveness,
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
Dr Joy Hategekwa, International Legal Affairs Officer, World Trade Organisation
Raya Hubbell, Chief Operating Officer, Invest Africa
Dr John Birchall, A development Economist, affiliate and honorary lecturer
at The University of Cambridge, Centre for African Studies (SOAS), the
Universities of Sierra Leone, Zambia and Harare, Solusi and Zimbabwe.
Prof Augustine John, International consultant, honorary fellow and associate
professor, Institute of Education - University of London
Prof. Allam Ahmed, President - World Association for Sustainable Development
(WASD), Director at the University of Brighton and Editor in Chief, World Journal
of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (WJSTSD)
Vijay Goel, Partner at Singhania & Co and Vice-Chairman of Africa International
David Smith, Chairman, British African Business Alliance (BABA)
Dr Alex Pietrus, Management Consultant, Trade and Foreign Direct Investments
(FDIs) on Africa
Sören Moberg, Trade, investment and development expert for private and
Governmental investments in Uganda, Moberge Finance Ltd
Debbie Emmanuel, Management consultant, Structured Trade Finance on Africa
Nzube Ufodike, CEO, Amoo Venture Capital
Rita Spada, CEO, World Trade Centre London
Bidemi Alabi, CEO, Association of African Owned Enterprises (AAOE) UK
*More speakers to be confirmed
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At SSCG, we support our
clients to do business in
Africa, navigate market
strengthen value chains
to increase efficiency.
High-growth small businesses
play a vital role in creating
jobs and driving economic
growth both in the UK and
Africa through innovation
and market expansion.
However, many small
businesses and social
enterprises struggle to access
capital and the support
needed to overcome the
many challenges they face as
they take their businesses,
consumers and markets to
the next level.
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The meeting will take place in London. The venue to be confirmed in due course.
Further information on how to get there will be provided closer to the date.
Where will I stay?
You will receive hotel booking information upon confirmation of your registration.
Alternatively, you ca arrange your own accommodation at your convenient.
What does registration include?
The registration fee (£75.00 for early registration before 31 December 2014, £95.00
for standard registration and £60.00 for students.) includes access to all aspects of
How and when do I need to register?
You can register online at www.s-scg.com/events/ukaatic15 or request a Registration
Form at email@example.com. We recommend that you register as soon as possible to
benefit from our early registration discount and due to limited tickets.
Do I need a visa?
Please check with your closest embassy or consulate of United Kingdom if you are
travelling from non EU countries regarding your visa requirements. SSCG can issue a
Letter of Invitation (L.O.I) after you have completed your registration.
Where can I find additional information about the programme?
General information on the programme can be found on the conference website
www.s-scg.com/events/ukaatic15. After completing your registration, you’ll receive
full information, joining instructions, list of participants and speakers to help plan
How can my company exhibit or sponsor the conference?
If your company wish to sponsor or exhibit at the conference, please contact Ruth
Adams for further information.
Who do I contact for more information?
Director and Head for Corporate Affairs
Tel.: + (44) 01865 600580
Email: Ruth.Adams@s-scg.com or Events@s-scg.com
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Get in touch
For more information, registration, speaking and sponsorship opportunities contact:
Office: Clarendon Enterprise Centre, Clarendon House, 52 Cornmarket Street,
Oxford, OX1 3HJ
T: + (44) 1865 600580 or + (44) 1865 600576
E: firstname.lastname@example.org or Business@s-scg.com