8:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
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.
Justin DeAngelis, Managing Director, Denham Capital
Lionel Johnson, President, Pacific Pension & Investment Institute
Dr. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman, African Export-Import Bank
Wale Adeosun, Founding Partner and CIO, Kuramo Capital Management
10:15- 10:45 a.m.
10:45- 11:45 a.m.
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.
Captain Phil Heyl (ret.), Principal, The Heyl Group
Julie Martin, Managing Director, Marsh
Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP
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
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 of New Orleans (Great Lakes Dredges will lead)