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TENTATIVE -  8th COMESA Business Forum, 2012

Enhancing Intra-COMESA Trade through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development.

Seizing Opportunities for Innovation and Prosperity in Business

Kampala, Uganda.

REGIONAL EXHIBITION  -19th-24ht November 2012, Munyonyo Speke Resort

 

19TH NOVEMBER, 2012;   ARRIVAL OF GUESTS; REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS.

 

 

 

DAY ONE- 20TH NOVEMBER, 2012

08- 0900HRS

REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS/ NETWORKING BREAKFAST

0910AM- 1000AM

 

 

Welcoming Remarks , Coordinator , COMESA Business Council;

  • Opening Remarks ; Host - CEO, Private Sector Foundation of Uganda/ Chairman- PSFU ;
  • OFFICAL  STATEMENT – Secretary General , COMESA Secretariat;
  • OFFICIAL  STATEMENT- COMESA Business Council Chairman;
  • OFFICIAL OPENING STATEMENT;  GUEST OF HONOR;

STATEMENTS TO GUEST OF HONOR;

GUEST SPEAKER- COMESA;

GUEST SPEAKER-  LEADING BUSINESS IN AFRICA;

 

 

 

1010AM- 1040AM

Plenary Session I;

Chair ; AFDB;

 

THE TOP SHAPERS / VISIONARIES OF AFRICA’S BUSINESS LANDSCAPE;

  • Setting a benchmark for the latest business trends in Africa- how should business be done?
  • Successes and Surprises on Business in Africa- insights from the Investment Monitoring Platform ;
  • A leading Investor in Africa’s market- bringing Innovation, competitiveness and wealth creation for Africa’s Industry;

 

Speakers:

 

  • ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES;
  • Equity Bank;
  • United National Industrial Development Organization- Investment Monitoring Platform;
  • President Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry- Chairman; KANORIA Chemicals and Industries Ltd.

 

LEAVE OF GUEST OF HONOR- PHOTO SESSION

 

1100AM – 1130AM

Plenary Session 2;

Chair;  Climate Change- COMESA;

GOING GREEN- A NEW WAY TO DO BUSINESS IN AFRICA;

  • Today’s necessity for sustainable businesses. What are the various approaches to renewable energy that support the SME sector?
  • A green business has become less of a luxury and more of an obligatory effort for a company’s sustainability. The Forum will address the various opportunities of going green and the alternatives available to your businesses.
  • Proposal: Environmental Reporting – with an accounting perspective

 

Speakers:

 

  • CEO- W2E;
  • Kenya Association of Manufacturers’
  • Price Water House Coopers-Uganda

1140AM- 1210PM

  • Plenary Session 3

Chair; COMESA Private Sector and Partnerships Advisor

SME AND COMPETITIVENESS;

  • Cluster Development; Developing regional value chains for competitiveness;
  • Financial Markets and SMEs;
  • An Industry driven Approach to Integration;

 

Speakers:

 

  • BIDCO Enterprises;
  • OLAM; East Africa Region;
  • Capital Markets Authority Uganda ;
  • Sudan Businessmen’s Association;

 

1215PM- 1245PM

 

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

LUNCH BREAK

2.00PM-2.30PM

Plenary Session; 4

Chair; Uganda Chamber of Commerce – President Ms. Olive Kigongo

BOOSTING INTRA- AFRICA TRADE THROUGH REGIONAL INTERGRATION;

  • Promoting Regional Production for Sustainable Economic Development;
  • Business Mobility for enhanced Trade;
  • Smart Investments, Smart Partnerships;
  • Governance, advocacy, accountability and transparency– Addressing Private sector needs for increased trade and investment.

 

Speakers:

 

  • African Cotton and Textiles Industries Federation;
  • Mega Trade Co- Egypt
  • African Business Roundtable
  • COMESA Business Council;

2.40PM- 3.40 PM

Break Out session 1;

 

The Euro Zone Crisis and its impact on Africa’s economy;

A wake up call for Africa to think beyond international funding, to regional budgeting;

 

Speakers:

 

  • Standard Chartered Group;
  • UNECA;
  • Governor – Bank of Uganda
  • PTA Bank ;

 

2.40PM- 3.40 PM

 

Break Out Session 2:

 

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT;

  • Harnessing ICT for SME development;
  • Addressing Cyber security-  protecting competitiveness of businesses in the ICT industry;
  • PPPs for Energy and Power Infrastructure initiatives- how to make it work?
  • Climate Smart Infrastructure- looking at Clean Energy for business;

 

Speakers:

 

  • Cable and Wireless;
  • State Informatics Limited
  • Africana Finance and Investments

COFFEE BREAK

 

4.10PM-

5.00 PM

Plenary 4:

AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY;

  • Agricultural Innovation for Africa; Using science and technology to build entrepreneurship and increase agricultural output!
  • Green Economy- Industrialization;
  • Tobacco Industry- Impact on to the Agriculture value chain and African economy

 

Speakers;

 

  • Agro-Genetic Technologies Ltd – Focus Area- Tissue Culture;
  • Nestle Group;
  • CBC Tobacco Working Group/Industry Representative;

 

5.00 PM- 5.10PM

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

5.10PM- 6.00PM

BUSINESS TO BUSINESS MEETINGS AND VISIT TO BAZAAR

 

DAY TWO- 21ST NOVEMBER, 2012

 

8:00- 9:00AM

09.00AM- 09.40AM

REGISTRATION FOR BUSINESS TOURS

Plennary 5:

INNOVATION FOR WEALTH AND JOB CREATION;

  • Science and Technology - Stimulating knowledge based- technology led innovation;  Will science and technology really work for African business?
  • Inventive Africa; Mobile Banking shape shifts from rural to cross border and international transactions;
  • Providing Enterprise technology Solutions to eradicate Poverty-
  • Entrepreneurial Solutions for Prosperity in BoP Markets: Strategies for Business and Economic Transformation;

Speakers:

  • Unilever Africa;
  • Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners;
  • Microsoft International

 

0950AM- 1030AM

Plennary  session 6:

The African Approach to innovation and competitiveness; What makes a successful business?

 

  • Building an African Brand- Buying Local Campaign;
  • Special Labelling of COMESA Products and Services;
  • Technology hubs- tools of success and innovation;

 

Speakers;

  • GROWTHHUB;
  • Proudly South African ;
  • Good African Coffee;
  • COMESA Intellectual Property Unit;

LUNCH BREAK

 

2.00PM- 3.00PM

OPEN DEBATE- PUBLIC PRIVATE DIALOGUE- LIVE MEDIA COVERAGE ;

  • INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS- REGIONAL BENEFITS; WHAT THE WORLD SEES IN AFRICA- WHAT WE SEE IN OURSELVES; COMMERCE AND TRADE; OUR APPROACH TO DOING BUSINESS IN THE REGION.

 

3:00PM-5:00PM

3.00PM- 4.00PM

REGISTERED DELEGATES LEAVE FOR THE BUSINESS TOURS

Chairman;

Break out Session 3;

TOURISM AND BUSINESS;

  • E- tourism; Tourism Online- bridging gaps across the region;
  • Constraints to Tourism in the region;
  • The World Tourism Organization (WTO) General Assembly in Africa- what is on the agenda?

 

Speakers;

  • Uganda Tourism Association-
  • Tourism and Aviation Consultant- Wolfgang Thome
  • E-Tourism Frontiers;

 

3.00PM- 4.00PM

Break out session 4:

GENDER AND BUSINESS;

  • Noting that the larger percentage of SME businesses are led by women, it is important to mainstream gender in a more corporate profile of competitive corporate culture. Some may say this has already been done. What are the constraints faced by women in the business world?

 

  • Director Crown Beverages

 

 

4.00PM-

4.30PM

Plennary  session 5 :

YOUTH AND ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT;

  • Providing a platform for young entrepreneurs to present their businesses impressively at a crucial juncture, hence opening a window of opportunity to sell their ideas.
  • Success Stories of Eastern and Southern Africa

 

Speakers;

  • Inspire Africa;
  • INTERNATIONAL WINNER OF 2012 ASHDEN AWARDS- BAREFOOT POWER;

4.40PM- 5.10PM

 

FINAL CONCLUSION OF THE FORUM;

RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL AND REGIONAL  SPONSORS;

CLOSING REMARKS;

5.10PM- 6.30PM

 

BUSINESS TO BUSINESS MEETINGS AND VISIT TO BAZAAR

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