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November 2017

28 November 2017
15:00 to 17:00
Meeting with Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone)
Venue
DLA Piper
City
London
Event
BCA-IA
Type

Non-member
£150.00
Venue
DLA Piper
3 Noble Street
London EC2V 7EE
United Kingdom
GB
Event

British Expertise International and BCA-IA are delighted to be joined by Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone), who will be updating on this state-of-the-art economic hub which aims to bring together business from around the world and the region to consolidate their international standing, while offering easy access to the region's markets and talent. It will provide its customers with world-class value-added supply chain activities and raise the bar for future industrial parks.

Spanning 461 km2, almost two-thirds the size of Singapore, the SCZone consists of two integrated areas, two development areas and four ports.

The two integrated areas are:

- Ain Sokhna with Ain Sokhna Port
- East Port Said with East Port Said Port

The two development areas are:

- Qantara West
- East Ismailia

The four ports are:

- West Port Said Port
- Adabiya Port
- Al Tor Port
- Al Arish Por

Each integrated and development area provides investment opportunities in industrial and commercial enterprises, infrastructure and real estate development, logistics, amenities and state-of-the-art technology. We look forward to hearing the thoughts of Admiral Mamish as to the benefits of the SCZone and the opportunities for UK companies in the region.

To register your interest in attending please email sabaismail@bcafrica.co.uk 

In partnership with 

 

29 November 2017
11:30 to 13:00
DLA Piper Africa Week | Brexit: the implications for businesses in Africa|
Venue
City
Event
BCA-IA
Type

Venue
United Kingdom
GB
Event

DLA Piper's Global Trade and Government Affairs team alongside Business  Council  for Africa - Invest Africa would like to invite you to join our panel discussion on  the implications for businesses in Africa of the withdrawal of the UK from the  European Union.

The UK is expected to exit the EU by the end of March 2019. Brexit will provide a number of challenges but also opportunities for African countries and businesses, given that the UK is a major partner to many African countries in trade, investment and development. 

This event will discuss the advantages of a multilateral or a bilateral approach to future Africa­UK trade relations, the ability of the UK to roll over 
the EU's European Partnership Agreements post March 2019, and the implications of  both issues for African and UK businesses.

Paul Hardy, DLA Piper's Brexit Director, will chair a panel including key commercial stakeholders, UK government ministers, African business leaders  and members of the diplomatic community. We would welcome your valuable contribution in discussing these complex and significant issues.

To RSVP for this event, please email events@dlapiper.com

 

December 2017

07 December 2017
9:30 to 11:30
Ethiopia: Manufacturing Opportunities with Jeremy LeFroy MP, Trade Envoy to Ethiopia
Venue
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
City
London
Event
BCA-IA

Venue
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
King Charles St, Westminster
London SW1A 2AH
United Kingdom
GB
Event

The UK Government (through the Economic Horizon’s team) in collaboration with Business Council for Africa – Invest Africa is delighted to be hosting a Manufacturing Opportunities in Ethiopia Roundtable hosted by Jeremy Lefroy MP, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ethiopia. The event will focus on the opportunities and challenges of operating in the Ethiopian market, drawing upon the experiences of an experienced panel, including investors already in Ethiopia and UK Government agencies.

FDI in Ethiopia is rising fast. It was the World Bank’s star FDI reformer in 2017 and Ethiopia is widely tipped as a future global manufacturing hub, with four industrial parks operating, a further two nearly fully reserved and more than nine under construction. With a railway line to Djibouti Port due to shortly begin full time operations, there are generous investment incentives and some of the lowest labour and energy costs in the world for companies looking to begin operations in the country. Not only the favourite African destination for Chinese manufacturing investment, US brands such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger and Sweden’s H&M expect to source up to 20% of their clothing lines from the country by 2025. The domestic market is also attractive with a rapidly rising health budget and new hospitals and clinics planned. Pharma and health consumables companies can benefit from low rents and seven year corporation tax holidays in the dedicated pharma park.

With a strong support system in place, the UK has a close relationship with the Ethiopian Investment Commission and UKEF is able to provide low cost finance and political risk investment insurance. Manufacturing investors can also be assisted by feasibility study subsidies from DFID, long-term attractive equity and debt finance from the UK’s DFI, CDC, and In-Country support from a dedicated UK team.

The event will take place from 9:30-11:30 am on Thursday 7th December at the .

To register your interest in attending please email georgearnold@bcafrica.co.uk. There is no charge to BCA-IA members or non-members. All places are subject to confirmation.

Hosted by:

Jeremy Lefroy MP, Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Ethiopia

Jeremy is the Member of Parliament for Stafford. Jeremy’s political interests include sustainable development and enterprise, urban regeneration, environment, small business, health. Jeremy is self-employed, working with smallholder farmers in East Africa to produce organic coffee and cocoa for the world market. His charity interests include "Equity for Africa" helping small businesses in Africa to obtain the capital they need to grow. In recent years, he has served on the Conservative Party's Globalisation and Global Poverty policy group.

Speakers Include:

Reg Hankey, CEO, Pittards Leather

Roddy Barclay,  ‎Director of Intelligence and Analysis, Africa Practice

Rupert Boyd, Founding Partner, Africa Alpha Investment Partners

Hitesh Patel, Export Finance Manager, UK Export Finance