The event was postponed due to rapid high rising number of the global Corona Virus (COVID-19) cases in the country.

The GBR Annual
World Congress

The Global Business Roundtable (GBR) is a global professional networking organization, with a mandate to develop people holistically. GBR focuses on the following key areas of human development: spiritual development (which we believe is a foundation for ethical behavior and consciousness); business and financial development (including trade and investment); family and society issues; science and technology; education and intellectual development; sports, arts and culture; leadership, governance and politics, as well as media and communications.

Venue: Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, RSA


Achieving The United Nations Sustainable Development
Goals To Drive Economic Competitiveness & Transformation

The 10th GBR World Congress aims to provide an unparalleled global platform where leaders and decision makers from all sectors address ways in which global economic growth and equitable distribution of wealth and resources can occur.

Central to the high-level discussions is Africa’s positioning and participation, which will effectively advance the economic development agenda of the continent. The diverse and content-rich programme caters for multi-national corporates, public sector, SMMEs, technical and financial partners wishing to explore trade and investment opportunities through various types of partnership models including, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and entrepreneurs seeking finance for their projects.

The event will also highlight the need and importance of intra-regional trade on the continent, as well as a need for reviewing present multilateral agreements that are more responsive to the needs of the continent.

The event aims to attract representatives from over 100 nations, for meaningful dialogue through high-level plenary sessions. Plenary sessions are designed to bring diverse perspectives and formulate practical solutions to the issues raised by industry, government and private sector representatives.

The event aims to attract representatives from over 100 nations, for meaningful dialogue through high-level plenary sessions. Plenary sessions are designed to bring diverse perspectives and formulate practical solutions to the issues raised by industry, government and private sector representatives.

 

 

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The GBR 10th World Congress aims to achieve the following objectives:

GLOBAL NETWORKING PLATFORM:

  • GBR aims to create a credible platform where entrepreneurs and professionals can connect with decision makers from around the world.

DEAL FLOW:

  • A global and competitive platform where trade and investment pitches, projects and other business proposals are presented to individual and institutional financiers, investment bankers, venture capitalists and technical partners.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP:

  • A forum where sought-after experts, innovators, market leaders share their experiences, skills and knowledge to inspire our conference delegates to go back to their businesses and professional lives to turn ideas into real solutions.

BUSINESS MATCHMAKING:

  • A platform where entrepreneurs are matched with like-minded partners in order to grow and expand their businesses and engage in the export of their goods and services, including cross-border trade opportunities.

Key reasons to participate

PLENARIES WITH PANELISTS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE

  • Representatives from Governments and Public Sectors institutes across 100 nations.
  • Representatives from industrial nations exhibiting their financial tools (public and private sectors), products and services.
  • Representatives from Development Finance institutions from around the Globe.
  • Minimum of 1000 delegates representing a variety of business opportunities from across the globe.

Event Schedule

OPENING PLENARY 1

SUB-THEME: AGRICULTURE AS A STRATEGIC SECTOR IN DRIVING ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
A top-level opening session addressing the main conference theme with a focus on policy and industry issues. The opening plenary sets the tone for the entire conference and challenges delegates to explore issues at a macro-economic level, geopolitical and socio-economic levels, ensuring that issues are addressed from diverse perspectives, representing various stakeholder interests. We expect a keynote address from either: Government, Captains of Industry or a Regional Body.

PLENARY 2

THEME: EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRADE & INVESTMENT IN AGRICULTURE PRIORITY SUB-SECTORSTHEME: EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRADE & INVESTMENT IN AGRICULTURE PRIORITY SUB-SECTORS
This plenary aims to delve into the real-time and current opportunities for trade and investment in strategic or priority sub-sectors. Government entities are given the opportunity to present key projects where they seek PPP’s or other forms of partnership models. Trade and investment promotion agencies present various opportunities on behalf of their countries, where promoters of opportunities can be matched with either funding partners/investors or technical partners. Institutional and private investors listen to various project promoters from different sectors present opportunities for direct investment from around the world.

ROUNDTABLE 1

HOST (AFGRI): `{`Topic to be confirmed by AFGRI based on desired outcomes`}`
This is an AFGRI hosted Roundtable – opportunity for AFGRI and other industry players to engage with key stakeholders, especially senior government officials and regional lobby groups. AFGRI to formulate the agenda for engagement and for AFGRI to identify and invite strategic and key stakeholders to participate.

ROUNDTABLE 2

THEME: THE SDGS RELEVANT TO THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR – WHAT IS THE PROGRESS?
This session aims to delve into the details of what different stakeholders from around the world are doing to implement programs addressing the SDGs. These would range from government, corporate, NGOs, Civic Organisations and others. Organisations can present their case studies and celebrate what has worked and serve as a source of inspiration to others. The session can also be used as a gap analysis opportunity to establish what still needs to be done.

OPENING PLENARY 1

SUB-THEME: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE MINING & ENERGY SECTORS GLOBALLY? WHAT ARE THE KEY MACRO-ECONOMIC TRENDS DRIVING BOTH SECTORS?
A top-level opening session addressing the main theme for the day with a focus on policy and industry issues, and the role that government plays in ensuring a business-friendly environment. The opening plenary sets the tone for the day, focussing on both mining and energy sectors. The aim is to challenge delegates to explore sector issues at a macro-economic level, geopolitical and socio-economic levels, ensuring that issues are addressed from diverse perspectives, representing various stakeholder interests. We expect a keynote address from either: Government, Captains of Industry or a Regional Body. The issues of sustainability will feature highly in the discussions as well as the economic inclusion of previously excluded groups such as women and youth in both sectors.

PLENARY 2

THEME: EXPLORING ENERGY & MINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRADE & INVESTMENT IN PRIORITY SUB-SECTORS
This plenary aims to delve into the real-time and current opportunities for trade and investment in strategic or priority sub-sectors. Government entities are given the opportunity to present key projects where they seek PPP’s or other forms of partnership models. Trade and investment promotion agencies present various opportunities on behalf of their countries, where promoters of opportunities can be matched with either funding partners/investors or technical partners. Institutional and private investors listen to various project promoters from different sectors present opportunities for direct investment from around the world.

ROUNDTABLE 1

HOST SMS MINING: `{`Topic to be confirmed by SMS MINING based on desired outcomes`}`
This is an opportunity for an industry player can host a roundtable dialogue with key stakeholders, especially senior government officials and regional lobby groups. SMS or identified corporate to formulate the agenda for engagement and for SMS to identify and invite strategic and key stakeholders to participate.

ROUNDTABLE 2

THEME: THE SDGS RELEVANT TO THE MINING AND ENERGY SECTORS – WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED?
This session aims to delve into the details of what different stakeholders from around the world are doing to implement programs addressing the SDGs. These would range from government, corporate, NGOs, Civic Organisations and others. Organisations can present their case studies and celebrate what has worked and serve as a source of inspiration to others. The session can also be used as a gap analysis opportunity to establish what still needs to be done.

OPENING PLENARY 1

THEME: FUNDING THE PARTICIPATION OF DEVELOPING ECONOMIES IN THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION – HOW IS THE FACE OF DEVELOPMENT AND REQUIREMENTS FOR CAPITAL CHANGING?
This opening plenary takes on a practical and pragmatic focus on connecting funders to projects and vice versa. The opening plenary on this day, diverts slightly from preceding days by attempting to connect funders, governments and/or corporates and allowing them the opportunity to present on available funding solutions from a funding point of view and for governments and corporates to present available projects for funding in a real and practical way.

PLENARY 2

THEME: FUNDING THE PARTICIPATION OF DEVELOPING ECONOMIES IN THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION – HOW IS THE FACE OF DEVELOPMENT AND REQUIREMENTS FOR CAPITAL CHANGING?
This plenary aims to focus on various Development Funding Institutions (DFI’s), banking institutions and companies from around the continent and the globe, to speak on the kind of funding opportunities that are available and to also address some of the funding requirements of the various governments, as well as government agencies who made presentation in plenary 1.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

14:00 to 15h30
The various DFI’s and financial institutions will have an opportunity to host a roundtable and engage further with the various governments and their various agencies on how the can assist with the various projects presented in the first plenary, or, the various governments and their agencies can expound on their requirements. One-on-one meetings can also be arranged between funders and project promoters.

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