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February 2018

20 February 2018
12:00 to 14:15
Briefing with Nigeria High Commissioner to the UK
Venue
Addleshaw Goddard LLP
City
London
Event
BCA-IA

Venue
Addleshaw Goddard LLP
60 Chiswell Street
London EC1Y 4AG
United Kingdom
GB
Event

The IA-BCA are delighted to be hosting H.E. George Adesola Oguntade, Nigeria High Commissioner to the UK.

His Excellency will address members and discuss the trade and investment relationships between the UK and Nigeria, this will be followed by Q&A session and networking lunch.

His Excellency, Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade, CFR, CON

Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade, CFR, CON, High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Kingdom assumed duty at the Nigeria High Commission on 9th October, 2017. He is a retired Justice of the Nigeria’s apex court, the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He was called to the Nigerian Bar on January 15, 1966. He was in private legal practice for 14 years and was appointed a Judge of the Lagos State High Court in 1980, and then the Court of Appeal in 1988, and in May 19 2004, he was elevated to the highest court of the land, Supreme Court of Nigeria where he served till March 10, 2010 having attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.

Undoubtedly, one of the sharpest legal minds that ever sat on the Higher Bench in Nigeria. In his service on the Bench, he made his mark in the advancement of the nation’s legal system, even at great risk to his person. His many strategic postings included Chairman, Lagos State Armed Robbery & Firearms Tribunal, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Enugu, Ibadan, and Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal in Jos, Lagos, and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. 

In the year 2005, Justice Oguntade (rtd) was conferred with the National Honours of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), and in 2010 Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).

Justice Oguntade (rtd) was President of the Rotary Club of Ogba in 1985. Between 1992 and 1999, he was the Chancellor of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), and since 1992, he remained Chancellor, Anglican Diocese of Lagos till May 2017 when he was appointed as an Ambassador by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 


Please note: All IA- BCA members please contact Susan Jones on susanjones@ia-bca.com for code to register

 

26 February 2018
14:00 to 15:30
Roundtable with UK Ambassador to Zimbabwe
Venue
Baker McKenzie
City
London
Event
BCA-IA
Type

Venue
Baker McKenzie
100 New Bridge Street
London EC4V 6JA
United Kingdom
GB
Event

IA-BCA are delighted to welcome the UK Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Catriona Laing, to our exclusive roundtable event on the 26th of February. The roundtable will be an interactive session, the Ambassador providing an update on the political and economic developments occuring in Zimbabwe, with an outlook to the coming year. The event is kindly hosted by Baker McKenzie. 

Meet the Speaker:

HMA Catriona Laing CB, British Ambassador to Zimbabwe

In September 2014 Ms Laing was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe. Ms Laing joined the FCO in January 2012 when she was posted to Afghanistan. She is an economist by background and has spent much of her career in Africa serving in Botswana, Kenya, Sudan and Somalia.

For more information or to register, please contact susanjones@ia-bca.com.

27 February 2018
9:00 to 11:00
Briefing with Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys
Venue
Simmons & Simmons
City
London
Event
BCA-IA
Type

Non-member
£250.00
Venue
Simmons & Simmons
CityPoint, 1 Ropemaker St
London EC2Y 9SS
United Kingdom
GB
Event

Invest Africa-Business Council for Africa will be hosting the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys to Ethiopia (Jeremey LeFroy MP), Angola (Baroness Northover) and Ghana (Adam Afriyie).

This meeting will be an opportunity to hear from the Prime Minister’s official representatives to key African markets. Each Trade Envoy will discuss their priorities and the economic developments in their markets, before taking part in an interactive Q&A discussion.

Meet the Speakers

Baroness Northover

Rt Hon Baroness (Lindsay) Northover is a member of the House of Lords and former junior government minister. She is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, and is a former Member of Council of the Overseas Development Institute, Trustee of the Tropical Health and Education Trust, and Trustee of UNICEF UK. She is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, serving as Spokesperson for her Party first on Health and then on International Development. She has served on a number of House of Lords Select Committees.

Lindsay was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of International Development (DFID), and Minister for Africa, 2014-15, in the Coalition Government. Prior to that she served in a number of other Government departments, including the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health, the Department for Education, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Government Equalities Office, as well as serving as Lead Government Spokesperson for DFID from 2010-14.

Baroness Northover was appointed by the Prime Minister to be the UK Trade Envoy to Angola in January 2016.

Adam Afriyie MP

Elected MP for Windsor in 2005, Adam has a depth and breadth of parliamentary experience having served on Select Committees and Standing Committees, led policy development and served as Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation from 2007 to 2010. In 2010, Adam was appointed Chairman of the independent Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, responsible for providing parliamentarians with impartial advice on technical topics.

Passionate about social mobility, young people in business and is a serial entrepreneur and investor. While still in his twenties he built a number of high-tech businesses from scratch. He maintains an active interest in business as Non-Executive Chairman of UK and international companies. Adam is proud to be the Patron of Young Enterprise Berkshire.

Jeremy Lefroy MP

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.

IA-BCA Members: Please register for this event by clicking on ‘Get Tickets’ and then ‘Enter Promotional Code’ to register for your place without charge. Please contact susanjones@ia-bca.co.uk to receive your code.

March 2018

06 March 2018
12:00 to 14:00
Infrastructure Development in Africa with Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa
Venue
Hogan Lovells (Middle East)
City
Dubai
Event
BCA-IA

Non-member
£250.00
Venue
Hogan Lovells (Middle East)
19th Floor, Al Fattan Currency Tower DIFC
Dubai PO Box 50660
United Arab Emirates
AE
Event

Africa’s infrastructure deficit is a constraint on its growth, which can be viewed as an opportunity to leapfrog to new, more efficient technologies. Closing the infrastructure quantity and quality gap relative to the best performers in the world could increase growth of GDP per capita by 2.6% per year, reported by the World Bank.

Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa, is an expert on infrastructure development, retail supply chains, agri-business, and investment for African markets. Geoffrey will discuss the future prospects of the infrastructure development industry in Africa, spotlighting; energy, retail, technology and consumer goods sectors.

Meet our Speaker:

Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa

Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa, is an expert on infrastructure development, retail supply chains, agri-business, and investment for African markets. Agility, a leading global provider of logistics and related infrastructure solutions for the oil and gas and FMCG markets, has over $5 billion in revenue, 24,000 employees, and offices in more than 100 countries. Mr White is a member of the Agility Strategic Advisory Board.

Agility is funding and developing an extensive network of warehouse distribution parks across Africa to provide international standard infrastructure to support both multinational corporations and the growth of SME’s in Africa and the development of African trade regionally and globally.

Mr. White joined Agility in 2014 after serving as CEO of Lonrho Plc for 8 years, where he developed product supply chains for some of the world’s largest retailers and developed essential infrastructure and logistics facilities for Africa’s burgeoning oil and gas industry. Mr. White’s career path has included working with Thomas Tilling Plc, BTR Plc, Asda Plc, Hilton, Ford PAG, and a leading Middle Eastern private investment office.

Mr. White frequently comments on Africa for the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Forbes, and at the World Economic Forum, AU, NEPAD, Royal Africa Society, Chatham House, The Economist and other important African forum.

IA-BCA Members: Please register for this event by clicking on ‘Get Tickets’ and then ‘Enter Promotional Code’ to register for your place without charge. Please contact susanjones@ia-bca.co.uk to receive your code.

07 March 2018
10:00 to 11:30
South Africa 2018: UK Investment – Panel Session with Graham Stuart, Minister for Investment at Department for International Trade
Venue
House of Commons
City
London
Event
BCA-IA
Type

Venue
House of Commons London
United Kingdom
GB
Event

South Africa has been renowned as the gateway to Africa, despite political uncertainty – South Africa remains to be the continent’s leading FDI destination.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and IA-BCA are delighted to be hosting; South Africa 2018: Politics and Business event, which will focus on the UK-SA relationship, investment opportunities and political risks following ANC leadership election. The event will provide critical assessment of market environment, incentives and showcase case studies of investor experiences in South Africa. 

Meet our speaker:

Graham Stuart, Minister for Investment at the Department for International Trade

Graham Stuart was elected Conservative MP for Beverley and Holderness in 2005 and more recently, appointed Minister for Investment at the Department for International Trade.

Whilst reading Philosophy and Law at Cambridge University, Graham founded ‘What’s On in Cambridge’ and soon developed a successful career in publishing. Following his time as Chair of the Cambridge University Conservative Association, he was elected as a member of the Cambridge City Council in 1998, where he served until 2004. 

Graham’s Parliamentary career has seen him serve as Chair of the Education Select Committee (2010-15) and as Assistant Government Whip with responsibility for the Department of Health, and later for HM Treasury and the Ministry of Defence.

In his role as Minister for Investment at the Department for International Trade, Graham focuses on encouraging foreign investment into the UK economy and promoting overseas investment opportunities to British companies.

Please note: All IA- BCA members please contact Susan Jones on susanjones@ia-bca.com for code to register.