UK-Francophone West and Central Africa Trade and Investment Forum

Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th October 2022, Central London

EVENT SYNOPSIS
The inaugural UK-Francophone West and Central Africa Trade and Investment Forum is a major intergovernmental and private sector summit convened by DMA, DIT and UKEF. 

Plenary sessions, vertical and geographic roundtables, deal rooms and a series of bilateral meetings between government and industry will take place over two packed days in central London.

The many French-speaking West and Central African countries have been historically underrepresented by British industry and underserved by diplomatic cover. This, however, has been a trend in reverse for several years, culminating in June's ascension to the Commonwealth of Gabon and Togo. 

In total, eight countries including the West Africa power houses of Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire are joined by Central Africa's Cameroon and the extraordinarily diverse economies of Benin, Niger and mineral-rich Guinea.

UK Export Finance has a significant appetite for French-speaking West and Central Africa - an appetite which has seen consistent year on year increases, and recent successes in these non-traditional markets include a wide-ranging, award-winning and record financing facility for primary healthcare in Cote d'Ivoire and an innovative infrastructure financing facility in Cameroon. 

In addition to governmental presence, 300-500 well-capitalised, multi-disciplinary British companies with an interest in West and Central Africa and expertise in banking, finance, infrastructure development, healthcare, education, clean energy, clean agri-tech, legal services, pharmaceuticals, de-carbonisation, ICT, creative sectors and FMCG are going to be present to promote their own skills, expertise and promote their historical investment, and present activity on the continent.

The eight countries represented invite one to one meetings with their visiting governments and UK Export Finance will offer both business and governments bespoke financing and insurance assistance for these fascinating emerging markets.

The event is free-to-attend but by invitation only and central London venue details will be provided closer to the Forum date.

 

DRAFT PROGRAMME

DAY ONE

08:00 - 09:00: Registration & Refreshments

09:00 - 09:15: Welcome Address & Opening Comments

  • Office of the Secretary of State, Department for International Trade (DIT)
  • Samir Abhyankar, Managing Director and Head of Private Equity, British International Investment (BII)

09:15 – 09:30: Keynote Addresses

  • Tim Reid, Head of Business Group, UK Export Finance (UKEF)

09:30 – 10.30: The Unique Francophone Offer, Regional Economic Outlook and Investment Opportunities

Chair:  All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Africa

  • Office of the Minister for Africa, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
  • ECOWAS Secretariat
  • African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • West African Economic & Monetary Union (WAEMU)
  • Central African Economic & Monetary Union (CEMAC)
  • UK Export Finance

Q&A Session

10:30 - 11:00: Refreshments Break

11:00 - 11:50: Insight into Benin and Cameroon and the UK Public and Private Offer

 

Benin

Cameroon

  • Chair: The Lord Sheikh of Cornhill
  • Chair: Dr Diane Acha-Morfaw, Board Chairperson, Cameroon Investment Promotion Agency (IPA)
  • Hon. Romuald Wadagni, Minister of Finance
  • Hon. Alamine Ousmane Mey, Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development
  • UK Export Finance
  • UK Export Finance
  • Private Sector Speaker
  • Private Sector Speaker
  • Q&A Session
  • Q&A Session

 

11:50 – 12:40:  Insight into Côte d’Ivoire and Gabon and the UK Public and Private Offer

 

Côte d’Ivoire

Gabon

  • Chair: Kady Doumbia Coulibaly, President, Cote d’Ivoire Chamber of Commerce (CICCGB)
  • Chair: Atam Sandhu, CEO, DMA Invest
  • Hon. Souleymane Diarrassouba, Minister of Commerce and Industry
  • Ministry of Finance
  • UK Export Finance
  • UK Export Finance
  • Private Sector Speaker
  • Private Sector Speaker
  • Q&A Session
  • Q&A Session

12:40 - 13:40: Networking Lunch or Mining Lunch

13:40 – 14:30: Insight into Guinea and Niger and the UK Public and Private Offer

Guinea

Niger

  • Chair: Roger Martin, Advisory Board Member, DMA Invest
  • Chair: HE Catherine Inglehearn, HM Ambassador to Niger
  • Hon. Lance Conde, Ministry of Finance
  • Hon. Dr Ahmat Jidoud, Minister of Finance
  • UK Export Finance
  • UK Export Finance
  • Private Sector Speaker
  • Private Sector Speaker
  • Q&A Session
  • Q&A Session

14:30 - 15:20: Insight into Senegal and Togo and the UK Public and Private Offer

Senegal

Togo

  • Chair: Steve Gray, Head Export Finance West Africa, UKEF
  • Chair: Lauren McEvatt, Managing Director, Morpeth Consulting
  • Hon. Amadou Hott, Minister of Economy and Planning
  • Hon. Ablamba Johnson, Minister to the Office of the President
  • UK Export Finance
  • UK Export Finance
  • Private Sector Speaker
  • Private Sector Speaker
  • Q&A Session
  • Q&A Session

15:20 – 15.40: Tea and Coffee Break

15:40-15:50: DIT's Commitment to Francophone Africa

  • John Humphrey, Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner to Africa, Department for International Trade

15:50 – 16:35: UK Expertise - Spotlights i.

Spotlight on Agriculture

Spotlight on Energy

  • DIT/UKEF
  • Private Sector Speaker
  • DIT/UKEF
  • Private Sector Speaker

16:35 – 17:20: UK Expertise - Spotlights ii.

Spotlight on Infrastructure

Spotlight on Health and Education

  • DIT/UKEF
  • Private Sector Speaker
  • DIT/UKEF
  • Private Sector Speaker

17:20 - 18.05: UK Expertise - Spotlights iii.

Spotlight on Financial Services

Water – A Finite Resource

  • DIT/UKEF
  • Private Sector Speaker
  • DIT/UKEF
  • Private Sector Speaker

 

18:15: Networking Reception

DAY TWO

One-on-one meetings with the delegation taking place at individual Embassies/High Commissions/missions