Draft Conference Program
U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference

The Next Wave of Growth

December 4-6, 2016
 


Infrastructure is the most significant factor affecting the economic growth and development of Africa’s emerging markets. By 2030, the African continent will be home to nearly two billion people, with 175 million living in urban centers of 5 million inhabitants. High growth sectors such as agribusiness, manufacturing, fast moving consumer goods and tourism are driving a new demand for better infrastructure. As African countries compete in the global market, governments and the private sector will need to explore new sources of funding, engage new partners and adopt innovative business models and technology.
 
Join the Corporate Council on Africa and more than 400 business executives, investors and government leaders convening in New Orleans on December 4-6 at the 2016 U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference. CCA’s U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference - the first and only conference in the United States focused solely on U.S.-Africa Infrastructure – will bring together stakeholders in African economic growth to network, engage and discuss Africa’s infrastructure development and how to unleash the continent’s Next Wave of Growth.

Sunday, December 4
2:00 – 5:30 p.m.                             
Registration
 
5:30   – 7:00 p.m.                           
Welcome Reception: Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler!
 

Monday, December 5
7:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.                  
Conference Registration
 
9:00 a.m.                                       
Welcome Address

Stephen Hayes, President and CEO, Corporate Council on Africa
 
9:15- 10:30 a.m.                           
Plenary I: Building Resilient Cities
 
Cities in both hemispheres have experienced challenges from storm erosion, flooding, and changing climatic patterns. Through long term planning and modern engineering solutions, it is possible for modern cities to brace for various adversities, both natural and human. Strong infrastructure and logistical planning are key measures needed to take a preventive approach to climate change. Sustainable urban planning will not only address current urban issues, but prepare for future adversities that we may not be able to anticipate. Remarkably, increased urbanization is occurring worldwide, with over 5 billion people expected to be living in cities by 2030. Building resilient cities will be the foundation of a modern urban society able to withstand both climate change and possible issues that can arise in a cloudy future.

Speakers:
Honorable Melvin "Kip" Holden, Mayor, City of Baton Rouge
Admiral Thad Allen (ret.), Executive Vice President, Booz Allen

 
10:30- 11:00 a.m.                           
Coffee Break
 
11:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon               
 Concurrent Panels
 
Business Opportunities in Africa's Developing Transportation Corridors
 
From ports to landlocked nations, economic development and integration depends on the maintenance of existing roads, rails and bridges and the extension of these transportation networks. Infrastructure is the foundation of every sector in Africa, and is required to develop African economies and open them up to free trade. Africa has the potential to become a central hub, with huge port developments occurring in both East and West Africa, highlighting the need for developed internal infrastructure to move local business and trade to the global sphere. Transportation is the key factor    in moving product across the continent to export-ports, and can rapidly increase GDP by facilitating the increase in trade. Isolated rural economies can be linked together into a growing economic network, improving livelihoods and increasing the business potential across the continent. Railways, roads, and ports are all crucial to the development of a Pan-African transportation network, and are the key to opening up not only the potential of landlocked countries but economies across the continent.

Panelists will focus their remarks on the efforts to maintain and grow transportation arteries across the continent.

Speakers:
Lida Fitts, Regional Director Sub-Saharan Africa, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Phillips Lee, Managing Director,
Société Générale
Michael Hayes, Manager Public Affairs, Sasol North America Operations

Paul Sullivan, Vice President, International Business Development, ACROW Bridge
Moderator:
Christy Hollywood, Vice President, Business Development, Cardno
 
Business Opportunities in the Water Sector
 
This panel will address urban centers growing need for potable water through planned and equitable distribution. Hydro-infrastructure is essential to any urban development, to promote public health and increase the livability of cities. These water developments need to occur prior to huge urban influxes, to both sustainably maintain decreasing water resources and to provide reliable drinking and cleaning water systems before further development occurs. As populations increase worldwide, the need to effectively manage our water is also increasing. Furthermore, innovation is required in the hydro-economy, with the need for development in both water conservation and water treatment. Speakers will discuss new solutions to treat brackish water, desalination and eliminate losses in distribution.
 
12:00- 12:30 p.m.                        
In the ZoneI NAMIBIA: Walvis Bay Port
Highlight of Namibia’s Special Economic Zone  

Speaker:
Johny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Walvis Bay Corridor Group
 
12:30- 1:30 p.m.                           
Networking Lunch
 
1:30- 2:00 p.m.                              
In the Zone MOZAMBIQUE: NACALA Corridor

Highlight of Mozambique’s Special Economic Zone
 
 2:30- 3:30 p.m.                              
Concurrent Panels
 
Switched On: Power Africa
 
No African economy can prosper without adequate power. Creating sustained and affordable electricity is what will usher the next wave of prosperity to the continent. Power Africa is still very much an ongoing project, with serious advances still to be made. Blackouts and low levels of electricity are still prevalent across the continent, hindering manufacturing and industrial development. These power issues also reduce the reliability and investor confidence in African business. Renewable energy projects are exploding across the continent, with dams of all sizes and solar projects becoming primary energy sources. Africa has the chance to skip over the period of reliance on fossil fuels, and power themselves with the next generation of technology.
 
Hear from US experts who are lighting cities across Africa through their work in the power sector.

Speakers:
David Druetzler, Global Project Director, MacLean Power Systems
Maureen Harrington, Head Client Coverage for Power and Infrastructure- North America, Standard Bank
Ellen Moran, Senior Advisor Energy Practice Group, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

 

 Aviation: Strengthening Capacity on the Ground
 
The Aviation industry in Africa creates around 6.7 million jobs and contributed $6.8 billion to African GDP. According to IATA’s Air Passenger Growth Forecast, of the 10 fastest growing markets will be in Africa. Each is expected to grow by 7-8% each year for the next 20 years. The question remains: what is being done to prepare for this growth? This workshop will address infrastructure development and investment opportunities with specific focus on expanding maintenance capabilities on the Continent.

Speakers:
Cheryle Jackson, President, AAR Africa
Pierre Volosin, Director of Commercial Aviation Services Sales, Boeing
Nigusu Worku, Regional Director of Sales and Services, Ethiopian Airlines


Moderator:
William Blakely, Shareholder, Polisinelli PC
 
3:30- 4:00 p.m.                                            
In the Zone: Mauritius 
Highlight of Mauritius' successful Special Economic Zone development 

Speaker:
H.E. Sooroojdev Phokeer, Ambassador, Republic of Mauritius
 
4:00- 4:30 p.m.                               
Coffee Break
 
4:30- 5:45 p.m.                              
Plenary II: Category 5: Safety and Security for Large Cities
 
The plenary will address the plethora of natural and manmade crises, and how to combat new emerging threats. Just as society and technology evolves, so do both the type and magnitude of threats. Threats from climate change can be just as dangerous as threats from terrorist groups, and large cities are a vulnerable target to both types. The rise of mega-cities and large urban areas with populations the size of mid-sized countries results in very concentrated targets, which require disproportionately advanced safety measures. The transnational quality of the movement of people makes controlling and managing large cities an even more difficult task than before. The speakers on this plenaries will share their experience responding to threats both natural and man-made.

Speakers:
Brigadier General William Graham, US Army Corps of Engineers
Bill Hanson, Vice President, Government Relations and Business Development, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. LLC
Moderator:
General William Ward (ret.), Former Commander, US Africa Command


Tuesday, December 6
8:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.                 
Conference Registration
 
8:00- 8:55 a.m.                          
Deep-diving for Development Funding and  Contracts                                                         
 
Learn how to open up international donor markets to (i) strategically position for projects and navigate through the complexities of bidding in these emerging markets, and (ii) identify donor funds to offset CAPEX and OPEX and mitigate investment risk. The World Bank, African Development Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Development Bank of South Africa, to name a few of the leading funders on the Continent, are constantly introducing new projects. Learning to assess the commercial opportunities in these projects and submit competitive bids or proposal is an integral part of competing as a multinational company in Africa.
 
Join Diane M. Willkens, President and CEO, Development Finance International, Inc. and CCA Vice Chair for a breakfast conversation on unearthing development funding sources.
              
9:00- 10:15 a.m.                             
Plenary III: Strategic Investment in Emerging Markets
 
According to the IMF the slowdown of capital flows to emerging markets are a reflection of a decline in supporting commodity prices. Yet the opportunities for long term investors remain both numerous and rewarding.  This panel of U.S. and African institutional investors will highlight case studies and present best practices.

Speakers:
Justin DeAngelis, Managing Director, Denham Capital
Lionel Johnson, President, Pacific Pension & Investment Institute
Dr. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman, African Export-Import Bank
Moderator:

Wale Adeosun, Founding Partner and CIO, Kuramo Capital Management 
 
10:15- 10:45 a.m.                           
Coffee Break
 
10:45- 11:45  a.m.                 
Concurrent Panels
 
 
Mare Incognita: Africa's Offshore and Boundary Disputes: Implications for Investors

This panel offers an overview of some of the major boundary disputes (both offshore and onshore) in Africa, explains the underlying legal principles and procedures governing such disputes, and explores the possible strategies available to investors faced with uncertain boundaries or seeking to invest in offshore areas subject to competing claims. Legal boundaries affect numerous aspects of the Blue Economy, worth billions of dollars annually. With 38 coastal and island countries in Africa, maritime territory makes up a significant amount of each country’s economic zone. Activities in maritime zones controlled by African states are predicted to result around
$2.77 million USD in economic value. The legal struggles over maritime boundaries are important not only in a political manner, but by determining who controls the vast economic potential of the marine territories. The panel will offer legal, policy, and business perspectives on these issues.

Speakers:
Captain Phil Heyl (ret.), Principal, The Heyl Group
Julie Martin, Managing Director, Marsh
Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP
Moderator:
Omoike Obawaeki, Africa Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers


Country Focused Session
 
This session will highlight one of Africa’s most dynamic economies. Hear from Governors as they transform and diversify their states.
 
12:15- 1:15 pm   
Lunch

1:15 - 2:00 pm
Closing Program: Reviewing the Obama Administration in Africa and Challenges for the Next Administration

As one administration wanes and the next gears up with new ways of conducting business, questions abound on how new policies will transform bilateral relations between the United States and the 54 nations of Africa. Will initiatives such the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), Doing Business in Africa (DBI) and Power Africa continue? Be transformed? Replaced? We know that the Obama administration favored trade over aid, offering technical expertise to enhance intra-African trade and increase power accessibility on the continent.

Seasoned diplomats and Africanists discuss what the past eight years have meant for them and share their view on what the next administration ought to consider as it develops its own policy toward Africa.

2:00- 5:00 pm
Port Tour
 -   Port of New Orleans (Great Lakes Dredges will lead)