Past Events

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May 8th 2014

Business Roundtable with Hon Nganou Djoumessi Cameroon Minister of Economy and Planning

Hosted by Simmons & Simmons

30 April 2014

HMG Coverage of Africa with Lord Livingston of Parkhead, Minister of Trade and Investment 

Hosted by Stephenson Harwood 

3 April 2014

Tanzania- A Country of Enourmous Business Potential 
Hosted by Clyde & Co LLP
HE Mr Peter Kallaghe

19 March 2014

African Bankers Forum
Hosted by KPMG

  • Arnold Ekpe, BCA Honorary President 
  • Chris Forster and Philip Mallon-Bank of England
  • John Turnbull (SMBC)

18 March 2014

Navigating Namibia: Opportunities for Foreign Business
Hosted by Mott Mcdonald

  • HE Mr Steve Vemunovi Katjiuanjo

5th March 2014

Nigeria - Business Opportunities & Overview of the Eko Atlantic City Project
Hosted by Addleshaw Goddard LLP

  • Peter Carter Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria
  • David Frame Managing Director, South Energyx Nigeria Ltd
  • Dr Simeon Obidairo

20 February 2014

Opportunities in Lusophone Africa
Hosted by Simmons & Simmons

  • Francisco Mantero President, ELO
  • Fernando Costa Lima Director, Banco Portgues de Investimento
  • Vitor Marques da Cruz MC&A’s Founding Partner
  • Matthew Bell Head of Sales, Aggreko
  • John Lucas Associate Director, Mace

13 February 2014

Business Prospects in Guinea
Hosted by Rio Tinto

  • HE Mr Paul Goa Zoumanigui Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea
  • Biro Diallo General Manager Operations, Rio Tinto Guinea

29th January 2014

Zimbabwe Economy & the need for Re-engagement
Hosted by Olswang

  • Charles Msipa CZI President
  • George Guvamatanga President of Bankers Association of Zimbabwe

20th January 2014

Perspectives on the political and business climate in South Africa in the run up to the elections
Hosted by Baker and Mckenzie

  • Dr Mamphela Ramphele 


28 November

Sourcing talent for business in Africa's emerging markets

Sponsored by ETK Group Ltd

Hosted by Stephenson Harwood

  • Claire Reilly, Diageo
  • Frances Williams, Interims for Africa and ReConnect Africa
  • Karl Craven, Spiral HR Glogal Solutions
  • Lanre Akinola, This is Africa, Financial Times

21 November

BCA UK: A Safer and More Prosperous Africa - the role of the private sector in African development

Hosted by Stephenson Harwood

  • The Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP

15 November

Ghana Advance to Middle Income Status - the Business Environment

Hosted by Slaughter and May

  • HE Mr Peter Jones, British High Commissioner to Ghana

Photo Gallery

6 November

Africa: Where Business and Politics are Going

Sponsored by PZ Cussons

Hosted by Simmons & Simmons

  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Malloch-Brown KCMG, PC

Photo Gallery

29 October

BCA UK: Africapitalism - and how to advance it?

Kindly hosted by Stephenson Harwood

  • Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development with responsibility for Africa

16 October

Insights into Trade & Investment with South Africa

with the South African Chamber of Commerce (SACC)

Kindly hosted by Fasken Martineau

  • Ludwig Frahm-Arp, Partner, Fasken Martineau LLP
  • Andy Henderson, UK Trade Commissioner, South Africa
  • Johann Van Zyl, UK Head, Nedbank
  • Peter Attard Montalto, Executive Director, Nomura International
  • Debbie Thomas, Head, Africa Service Group, Deloitte

Photo Gallery

18 September

Doing Business in Francophone Africa

Kindly hosted by Simmons & Simmons and sponsored by Ecobank

  • Alain Taieb, AGS-Mobilitas Group
  • Paul-Harry Aithnard, Ecobank Group
  • Yves Baratte, Simmons & Simmons

11 September

African Investment Opportunities - appraisal and management of risk

Kindly hosted by Nabarro LLP

  • Patrick Speller, Nabarro LLP
  • Willem Reitze Stitselaar, Macquarie
  • Robert Barlow, Willis

Photo Gallery

3 July

BCA Summer Lecture - Africa: Moving From Talk to Action

Kindly sponsored by FBN Bank (UK) PLC

  • Arnold Ekpe, Honorary President BCA

Press Release

Photo Gallery

11 June

Developing SMEs in Africa

Kindly hosted by Ernst & Young

  • Jon Shepard, Ernst & Young
  • Alister Wormsley, Jacana Partners
  • Peter Mbama, RegCharles Finance & Capital Ltd, Nigeria

Photo Gallery

6 June

Agribusiness Africa: Ploughing Ahead?

  • Rosanne Whalley, AgDevCo
  • Nigel Harris, Farm Africa
  • Chris Okeke, Wicklow Ltd, Nigeria

17 May

British Heads of Mission in Southern Africa

Kindly hosted by Slaughter and May

Photo Gallery

16 May

Meet HM's new British High Commissioner to Nigeria

Kindly sponsored by AG Leventis Overseas

  • HE Dr Andrew Pocock CMG

Photo Gallery

9 May

Managing Risk in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kindly hosted by Control Risks

  • Joanna Turner, Control Risks
  • Matthew Horrox, Control Risks
  • Maria Knapp, Control Risks

16 April

Nigeria: A VIP Briefing from the Nigeria High Commissioner 

  • HE Dr Dalhatu Tafida OFR, CFR

Photo Gallery

11 April

Zambia in the sun - business prospects heating up

  • Hon. Robert Sichinga MP, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock
  • Andrew Chipwende, DG, Zambia Development Agency
  • Shefali Rai, Editor, EIU
  • John Rabb, Non Executive Director, Zambeef
  • Markku Virtannen, Senior Adviser, CYRR Group

Photo Gallery

12 March

Sierra Leone on a roll?

Briefing Notes - Songhai Advisory

Photo gallery

Kindly hosted by DMH Stallard

  • Mr Ian Hughes – Former HM High Commissioner to Sierra Leone and non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia

18 Feb


Opportunity & Engagement: the British Government in sub-Saharan Africa

Kindly sponsored by African Supplies Ltd

Kindly hosted by Stephenson Harwood

  • Mark Simmonds MP, Minister for Africa

14 Feb

Ghana post-elections: the business community speaks

Kindly hosted by Addleshaw Goddard

  • Kissy Agyeman-Togobo & Nana Adu Ampofo (Songhai Advisory LLP)
  • Timothy Armitage (Nomura)
  • Ian Hargreaves (Addleshaw Goddard)
  • Phillip Walker (Economist EIU)

6 Feb

Kenya, the way forward

Kindly hosted by Clyde & Co LLP

  • HE Mr Ephraim Ngare

31 Jan

How can Zimbabwe again be an African success story?

Kindly hosted by Stephenson Harwood

  • HE Mr Gabriel Machinga


Fri 7 Dec

Côte d'Ivoire – Restoring its status as the sub-Region's Development Hub

Kindly hosted by Simmonds & Simmonds

  • HE Mr Simon Tonge, British Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire
  • Mr Patrick Achi, Minister for Economic Infrastructure

Tue 27 Nov

Challenges & Solutions for doing business in Africa

Kindly sponsored by FBN Bank (UK) Ltd

  • Frank Braeken, Unilever
  • Christopher Taylor, Addleshaw Goddard
  • Eric Guichard, Homestrings
  • Rolake Akinkugbe, Ecobank

Thurs 22 Nov

Botswana: Democracy, Diamonds & the Delta: the components of an African success story

  • HE Ms Jennifer Anderson, HM High Commissioner to Botswana

Wed 21 Nov

Financing SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa

In association with the AFTIC Foundation

Kindly hosted by Olswang

  • Simon Merchant, Jacana
  • Felix Bikpo, Africa Guarantee Fund
  • Jim Friedlander, AFTIC Foundation

Tue 20 Nov

Nigeria in 2013 - A review of the budget & its implications for the country's performance next year

Kindly hosted by Deloitte

  • John Rivett, Advisor BCA
  • Tom Burgiss, Financial Times
  • Samir Gadio, Standard Bank PLC

Tue 6 Nov

BCA UK - Open for Business - reflections on sub-Saharan Africa

Kindly hosted by Stephenson Harwood

  • Henry Belingham MP

Wed 31 Oct

BCA Keynote Address

Kindly sponsored by AG Leventis (Nig) PLC & Cluff Africa Associates UK Ltd

  • Mr Nicholas Kay CMG, Director for Africa, FCO

Tue 23 Oct

Malawi - A new Start for the Warm Heart of Africa

  • HE Mr Bernard Sande, High Commissioner for Malawi

Tue 16 Oct

Doing Business in Ghana: Trade & Investment Opportunities in Africa's Fastest Growing Economy

  • HE Prof K Danso-Boafo, High Commissioner for Ghana
  • Dr Ishmael Yamson, Chairman, GIPC
  • Mr Frederick Edusei, Shawbell Consulting Ltd

Thurs 11 Oct

Zimbabwe - A promising future?

A joint event with British Expertise

  • HE Ms Deborah Bronnert, British Ambassador to Zimbabwe

Tue 9 Oct

Doing Business in Ethiopia

Kindly hosted by Sidley Austin LLP

  • Hirut Zemene, Minister Counsellor, Trade & Investment, Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Thurs 4 Oct

VIP Briefing: Senegal Post Election, Six Months On

Kindly hosted by Olswang

  • HE Mr John Marshall, British Ambassador to Senegal

Tue 24 Jul

Summer Evening Lecture "Not less volatility but better volatility: the changing nature of African crises & prospects"

Kindly sponsored by FBN Bank (UK) Ltd

  • Professor Stephen Chan OBE, SOAS.

Thu 19 Jul

Trade & Investment Prospects in Guinea

  • HE Graham Styles, British Ambassador to Guinea

Wed 18 Jul

Practical Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Africa

With COMBAR, The Commercial Bar Association

Kindly sponsored & hosted by Stephenson Harwood

  • Richard Gordon QC, Brick Court
  • Kweku Aggrey- Orleans, 12 King's Bench Walk

Wed 11 Jul

Foreign Investment in Nigeria- The New Approach

Kindly sponsored & hosted by Pinsent Masons LLP

  • Engineer Mustafa Bello, CEO, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)

Fri 6 Jul

Doing Business in Gabon

  • HE Omer Piankali, Ambassador for Gabon
  • HE Mr Bharat Joshi, Non- Resident Ambassador to Gabon
  • Nina Alida Abouna, Director General, Agence de Promotion des Investments et des Exportations (APIEX)
  • Jonathan Hyman, Africa Desk, Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Maria Eduarda Godinho, Senior Associate, Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associates
  • Rob Tashima, Regional Editor for Africa, Oxford Business Group

Tue 19 Jun

Doing Business in Rwanda:  A Dynamic, Land-Linked Country in the Heart of Africa

Joint event with the Eastern Africa Association

Kindly hosted by Clifford Chance

HE Mr Ernest Rwamucyo, High Commissioner for Rwanda

  • Murray Grant, Partner, Actis
  • Bryan Shand, Managing Director, Agropharm Ltd

Thu 14 Jun

VIP Briefing on Nigeria

  • HE Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida OFR CFR, High Commissioner for Nigeria

Tue 29 May

New African Energy - The Ripple Effect

Joint with the Centre of African Studies SOAS

  • Rolake Akinkugbe, Head of Energy Research, Ecobank Capital
  • Jonathan Taylor, Founding Director, Ophir Energy
  • Jonathan Steele, CEO, Energy Aid

Thu 17 May

Kenya – The Economic Heart of Eastern Africa

Joint event with the Eastern Africa Association

Kindly hosted by Addleshaw Goddard

  • HE Mr Ephraim Waweru Ngare, High Commissioner for Kenya

Thu 10 May

VIP Investment Briefing on Mozambique

Kindly sponsored by Stephenson Harwood

  • HE Mr Shaun Cleary, British High Commissioner to Mozambique

Fri 4 May

British Heads of Mission in Southern Africa

Joint meeting with British Expertise

  • HE Mr James Thornton Brit HC to Zambia
  • HE Mr Richard Wildash, Brit HC to Angola
  • HE Mrs Marianne Young, Brit HC to Namibia
  • Mr Andy Henderson, Brit Trade Commissioner to South Africa

Thu 3 May

Ghana in the run up to the elections – can it sustain its growth?

  • HE Peter Jones, British High Commissioner to Ghana

Wed 25 Apr

Macro- economic and Business Perspectives of Sub-Saharan Africa

Kindly hosted by Standard Bank Plc

  • Chris Newson, CEO Standard Bank Africa
  • Stephen Bailey- Smith, Head of Africa Research
  • Peter Riley, Global Markets, Corporate Sales

Wed 4 Apr

Côte d'Ivoire – Continuing along the road to recovery

  • HE Mr Claude Bouah-Kamon, Ambassador for Côte d'Ivoire

Tue 27 Mar

Doing Business in Nigeria

Kindly sponsored by Adams & Moore

  • Stuart Macleod, CEO, AIETO Energy Resources
  • Dele Ogun, Akin & Law LLP
  • Gori Daniel, Adams & Moore

Wed 21 Mar

VIP Investment Roundtable on Cameroon

  • HE Mr Bharat Joshi, British High Commissioner to Cameroon

Thu 15 Mar

Tanzania - Africa's Sleeping Giant

Joint event with the Eastern Africa Association

  • HE Mr Peter A Kallaghe, High Commissioner for Tanzania

Tue 28 Feb

Growing in Africa: A Success Story & A View from the Ground

Kindly sponsored by Ecobank Capital (UK)

  • Arnold Ekpe, Former CEO, Ecobank
  • Matthias Bormann, CFO Armajaro
  • Richard Harvey, Chairman, PZ Cussons
  • Joseph Collins, Director, African Supplies Ltd

Thu 23 Feb

VIP Investment Roundtable on Mozambique

  • HE Carlos dos Santos, High Commissioner for Mozambique

Thu 26 Jan

BCA UK: DFID Working with the Private Sector

Kindly hosted by Stephenson Harwood

  • Stephen O'Brien MP, Under-Secretary of State for International Development
  • Chris Vermont, Frontier Markets Fund Managers


Wed 30 Nov

VIP Briefing on Zambia

  • HE Prof Royson Mukwena, High Commissioner for Zambia

Wed 23 Nov

Doing Business in Ghana

Kindly sponsored by De La Rue

  • HE Prof Kwaku Danso- Boafo, High Commissioner for Ghana
  • Dr Ishmael Yamson, GIPC
  • Nana Ampofo, Songhai Advisory
  • Steve Cameron, RTI Forensics
  • Bambo Onigbanjo, Platinum Integrations

Tue 22 Nov

VIP Briefing on Nigeria

  • HE Dr Dalhatu S Tafida OFR CFR, High Commissioner for Nigeria

Wed 16 Nov

AGM & Keynote speech: The Commonwealth in Africa- the Future

Held at the Royal Garden Hotel

Kindly sponsored by Leventis

  • Ms Mmasekgoa Masire- Mwamba, Commonwealth Secretariat, Deputy Secretary- General

Wed 2 Nov

Britain and South Africa

Kindly sponsored by Travelex

Kindly hosted by Deloitte LLP

  • Mr Andrew Henderson, British Trade Commissioner to South Africa

Tue 18 Oct

VIP Briefing on Sierra Leone

  • HE Mr Ian Hughes, British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone

Wed 21 Sep

VIP Briefing on Zimbabwe

  • HE Gabriel Machinga, Ambassador for Zimbabwe

Tue 13 Sep

Doing Business in Lusophone Africa

Kindly hosted by Eversheds

  • Francisco Mantero, Portuguese Association for Economic Development & Cooperation (ELO)
  • Rui Amendoeira, Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados
  • Patrick Raleigh, Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Diogo Xavier de Cunha, Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados
  • Philip Eyre, Astra Aviation Services

Wed 7 Sep

VIP Briefing on Namibia

  • HE Mr George Liswaniso, High Commissioner for Namibia

Wed 3 Aug

VIP Brief on Cote d'Ivoire

  • Mme Maman Touré, Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of Cote d'Ivoire

Thu 14 Jul

Nigeria- Africa's Bread Basket

  • Mr Chris Okeke

Wed 13 Jul

VIP Lunch Brief on Mozambique

  • HE Mr Antonio Gumende, High Commissioner for Mozambique

Tue 14 Jun

Namibia- Meet the UK High Commissioner (des)

  • HE Mrs Marianne Young (des)

Thu 2 Jun

BCA UK: The Bribery Act- Myth and Reality

Kindly hosted by Maclay Murray & Spens LLP

  • Catriona Munro, Maclay Murray & Spens LLP
  • Satnam Tumani, Serious Fraud Office

Wed 18 May

Nigeria Post Election Brief

Kindly sponsored by African Review, Kindly hosted by Olswang LLP

  • John Rivett, BCA Nigeria Financial Editor

Fri 13 May

British Diplomatic panel discussion on South Africa, Zambia, Namibia & Ghana

Kindly hosted by Deloitte LLP

  • HE Dr Nicola Brewer, South Africa
  • HE Ms Carolyn Davidson/ HE Tom Carter, Zambia
  • HE Mr Mark Bensberg, Namibia
  • HE Mr Peter Jones, Ghana

Wed 8 Jun

Summer Lecture & Reception: Africa in 2016- Risk & Reward

Kindly sponsored by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited (SMBCE)

  • Prof Stephen Chan OBE

Thu 12 May

VIP Meeting on Senegal

  • HE Mr John Marshall, Ambassador to Senegal

Thu 28 Apr

His Majesty King Mswati III meets Members of the Business Council for Africa West & Southern

Kindly sponsored by Cleave & Co

Wed 12 Apr

VIP Briefing on Angola

  • Mr John Flynn CMG, Former British Ambassador to Angola

Wed 6 Apr

VIP Briefing on Malawi

  • Ms Flossie Gomile, Acting High Commissioner for Malawi

Thu 24 Mar

VIP Briefing on Nigeria

  • HE Ambassador Dozie Nwanna OON, Acting High Commissioner for Nigeria
  • Mr Dele Ogun, Akin & Law LLP

Thu 17 Mar

Briefing on Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Mr Jean Pierre Mafutala, Director, DRC-UK Business Forum

Mon 14 Mar

BCA UK: FCO Briefing 2011

Held at Lancaster House

  • Min for Africa Henry Bellingham
  • Tim Hitchens, Director for Africa & FCO staff

Thu 8 Mar

VIP Lunch Brief on Sierra Leone

  • Mr Michael Shearer, British Deputy High Commissioner to Sierra Leone

Thu 23 Feb

VIP Brief on Gabon

  • HE Mr Omer Piankaki, Ambassador for Gabon
  • Mr Alaric Moubouyi- Boyer, Technical Assistant, Embassy of the Republic of Gabon
  • Mr Matthieu Le Roux, Miranda Law

Wed 9 Feb

Two Key Briefings on Sierra Leone

  • HE Mr Edward Turay
  • Brigadier Matthew Lowe MBE

Wed 3 Feb

VIP Briefing on Zimbabwe

  • HE Mr Gabriel Machinga

Wed 19 Jan

VIP Briefing on Angola

  • Mr John Flynn CMG




Wed 15 Dec

BCA UK: Annual Review 2010

Kindly hosted by Stephenson Harwood

  • Mr Patrick Smith, Editor, Africa Confidential

Thu 18 Nov

VIP Briefing on Nigeria

Kindly hosted by UBS

  • Mr Andrew Lloyd MBE, British High Commissioner (Des) to Nigeria

Mon 13 Nov

VIP Briefing with HE Mr Madické Niang, Foreign Minister of Senegal

  • HE Mr Madické Niang, Foreign Minister of Senegal

Tue 2 Nov

AGM & Keynote speech, Africa Land of Opportunities or Lost Opportunities

Kindly sponsored by FBN Bank and hosted by Olswang

  • Mr Richard Dowden, Director, Royal African Society

Wed 27 Oct

Ghana's Oil & Investment Opportunities

Kindly sponsored by FBN Bank and hosted by Olswang

  • HE Prof K Danso- Boafo, High Commissioner for Ghana
  • Rosalind Kainyah, Vice President, External Affairs & CSR, Tullow Oil Plc
  • George Kwame Aboagye, CEO, Ghana Investment Promotion Council
  • Nana Ampofo, Partner, Songhai Advisory

Tue 26 Oct

VIP Briefing by Peter Stephenson OBE

  • Director, Trade & Investment, British High Commission, Lagos

Thu 21 Oct

Europe, China & India In Africa

  • Dr Claas Knoop, Former German Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti

Wed 13 Oct

VIP Briefing on Cote d'Ivoire's Up & Coming Election

  • HE Philippe D Djangone- Bi, Ambassador for Cote d'Ivoire

Thu 23 Sep

Anti- Illicit Trade & Excise- British American Tobacco's Experience in Africa

Kindly hosted by British American Tobacco

  • Benoit Belhomme, Regional General Counsel, Africa and Middle East, BAT

Wed 22 Sep

VIP Lunchtime Briefing on Mozambique

Kindly hosted by Olswang

  • HE Mr Antonio Gumende

Thu 22 Jul

New Implications for Business, The Bribery Act 2010

Kindly hosted by Deloitte

  • Flip Stander, Associate Partner, Forensic & Dispute Services, Deloitte

Wed 14 Jul

South Africa into Africa

  • Mr Cyril Ndaba, Deputy High Commissioner for South Africa

Thu 8 Jul

Briefing on Angola, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria & Senegal

British Diplomatic briefing

Kindly hosted by Eversheds

  • HE Mr Richard Wildash, Angola
  • HE Mr Ian Felton, Guinea
  • HE Dr Nick Westcott CMG, Ghana
  • HE Mr Bob Dewar CMG, Nigeria
  • HE Mr Chris Trott, Senegal

Wed 30 Jun

Rio Tinto: a Special African Success Story

Kindly hosted by Rio Tinto

  • Mr Harry Kenyon- Slaney, Chief Executive, Diamonds & Minerals, Rio Tinto