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May 2018

21 May 2018
16:00 to 18:00
East Africa: Heads of Mission
Venue
British Expertise International
City
London
Event
BCA-IA

Venue
British Expertise International
23 Grafton Street
London W1S 4EY
United Kingdom
GB
Event

Join us on 21 May 2018 as British Expertise International (BEI) and Invest Africa-Business Council for Africa (IA-BCA) host an event for UK Heads of Mission in East Africa. The meeting will provide East Africa country political and economic updates and also views on doing business in the region. According to many forecasts, including from African Development Bank and the World Bank, East Africa remains the fastest-growing economy in the sub-region. We are delighted to welcome: H.E. Nic Hailey British High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E. Sarah Cooke British High Commissioner to Tanzania and, H.E. Peter West British High Commissioner to Uganda.

In the context of UK’s exiting Europe, it will be interesting to hear what opportunities East Africa presents for British companies.

According to the African Development Bank’s African Economic Outlook 2018, East Africa remains the fastest-growing sub region in Africa, with estimated growth of 5.6 percent in 2017, up from 4.9 percent in 2016. Growth is expected to remain buoyant, reaching 5.9 percent in 2018 and 6.1 percent in 2019. Strong growth is widespread in the sub-region, with many countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) growing 5 percent or more.

According to the World Bank, economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is recovering moderately, following a sharp slowdown over the course of the last two years. Among East Africa Community (EAC) countries, Ethiopia is likely to remain the fastest growing economy, supported by continuing infrastructure investment. 

BEI and BCA Members: No charge
Non-members: £150 + VAT

IA-BCA Members should contact Margot Stumm (ms@strategyinternational.co.uk) to secure their place without charge

22 May 2018
8:30 to 10:30
Francophone Africa: Heads of Mission
Venue
Simmons & Simmons
City
London
Event
BCA-IA
Type

BCA-member
£0.00
Non-member
£150.00
Venue
Simmons & Simmons
1 Ropemaker St CityPoint
London EC2Y 9SS
United Kingdom
GB
Event

 

In partnership with British Expertise International we are pleased to be hosting UK Heads of Mission from across Francophone Africa. Our speakers will each give an economic and political update before taking part in an interactive Q&A session. We will be hosting:

Catherine Inglehearn – HM Ambassador to Guinea

John Murton – HM Ambassador to Democratic Republic of the Congo and non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo

Josephine Gauld – HM Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire

Rowan Laxton – High Commissioner to Cameroon

George Hodgson – HM Ambassador to Senegal

IA-BCA and BEI members should contact susanjones@ia-bca.com to receive codes for event access without charge.

 

22 May 2018
12:30 to 14:30
Southern Africa - Heads of Mission
Venue
British Expertise International
City
London
Event
BCA-IA

Venue
British Expertise International
23 Grafton Street
London W1S 4EY
United States
US
Event

Join British Expertise and Invest Africa-Business Council for Africa (BCA) on 22 May 2018 for a light finger lunch event as we co-host UK Heads of Mission from Southern Africa. The event will provide country political and economic updates and also reflcections on doing business in the region. Following recent developments in Southern Africa there may be new and increased business opportunities for trade and investment. We are delighted to welcome: H.E. Nigel Casey CMG MVO British High Commissioner to South Africa, H.E. Catriona Laing CB British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, H.E. Fergus Cochrane-Dyet OBE British High Commissioner to Zambia, H.E. Holly Tett British High Commissioner to Malawi and H.E. Kate Airey British High Commissioner to Namibia.

The UK Heads of Mission will provide insights based on their experiences and current developments in the countries they represent. In the context of UK’s exiting Europe, it will be interesting to hear what opportunities Southern Africa presents for British companies.

According to the African Development Bank’s report, the economic outlook for the Southern Africa region is cautious. Broad-based economic activity is expected to recover, but the outlook remains modest, given the diverging growth patterns for the region’s economies. Despite the expected improvement, economic performance remains subdued as the region’s economic outlook continues to face major headwinds: high unemployment, weak commodity prices, fiscal strain, increasing debt, and high inflation. Future regional growth is bolstered primarily by expectations of increased investment in non-oil sectors such as electricity, construction, and technology, in large infrastructure projects, and in mining, as well as a continued recovery of commodity prices.

According to the World Bank, the future outlook in sub-Saharan Africa shows growth in the region projected to continue to rise to 3.2 percent in 2018 and to 3.5 in 2019, on the back of firming commodity prices and gradually strengthening domestic demand. Given demographic and investment trends across the region over the longer term, structural reforms would be needed to boost potential growth over the next decade. 

BEI and IA-BCA Members: No charge 
Non-Members: £150+VAT

IA-BCA Members should contact Margot Stumm (ms@strategyinternational.co.uk) to secure their place without charge