ABOUT THE GBR TRADE & INVESTMENT SUMMITS

BACKGROUND

The trade and investment summits, are designed to focus on opportunities in specific economic regions. The focus of the sessions is to provide delegates with practical information and current, “real-time” opportunities they can explore during the B2B private meetings.

  • Funders will present on the types of projects and funding opportunities that are available. Project owners/champions seek to match their projects will the available funding opportunities.
  • Further discussions can be held at our GBR Business Lounge where more detailed and focussed meetings can be held.
  • Project owners/reps can pre-book meetings with any of the funders who will be presenting at the Congress.

In each instance, Africa is at the centre of the conversation as we believe the Continent is the last frontier for economic development.

Key questions that presenters seek to answer:

  • What are the trade and investment opportunities that are available in the region?
  • How is the trade and investment climate (considering various macro-economic factors)?
  • What are the challenges, risks, threats in the region and what are the ways to mitigate risks to enable trade and investment?
  • What are the key and strategic sectors to invest in, based on the regions’/country’s economic outlook?
  • What kind of support and legal avenues/protection would a foreign investor be offered?
  • What are the tax regulations and general economic policies, regulations and laws to consider?
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DAY 2: AFRICA | ASIA | EUROPE SUMMIT

Opening Plenary: Trade & Investment Opportunities that can be explored by Africa in the Asia – Europe Regions

The opening plenary is a high-level session that focuses on trade and investment policy issues from the regions represented for the summit: Africa-Asia-Europe. A mix of speakers from government, industry bodies, private sector and regional bodies engage the audience on regional policy issues.

  • The objective is to highlight challenges, initiatives, issues that leaders are faced with and to critically analyse the current policy frameworks and their effectiveness.
  • The efficacy of current trade agreements or the non-existence thereof, cross-border trade facilitation, preferential trade agreements, etc.
Plenary Session 1: Exploring Trade & Investment Opportunities Between Africa and Asia-Middle East Regions:
  • The plenary session focuses on real-time trade and investment opportunities in the Asia-Middle-East regions. The focus of the sessions is to provide delegates with practical information and current, “real-time” opportunities they can explore during the B2B. The aim of the plenary is not to present detailed projects, delegates may attend a follow up Roundtable discussion hosted by the project owner/sponsor or set up a B2B meeting in the GBR Business Lounge, Exhibition Hall 2, Level -2.
  • Funders will present on the types of projects and funding opportunities that are available. Project owners/champions seek to match their projects will the available funding opportunities.
  • Project owners/reps can pre-book meetings with any of the strategic partners they identify during sessions.
Plenary Session 2: Exploring Trade & Investment Opportunities between Africa and Europe Region
  • The plenary session focuses on real-time trade and investment opportunities in the European regions. The focus of the sessions is to provide delegates with practical information and current, “real-time” opportunities they can explore during the B2B. The aim of the plenary is not to present detailed projects, delegates may attend a follow up Roundtable discussion hosted by the project owner/sponsor or set up a B2B meeting in the GBR Business Lounge, Exhibition Hall 2, Level -2.
  • Funders will present on the types of projects and funding opportunities that are available. Project owners/champions seek to match their projects will the available funding opportunities.
  • Project owners/reps can pre-book meetings with any of the strategic partners they identify during sessions.

DAY 3: INTRA-AFRICA | REGIONAL INTEGRATION | AFRICA-AMERICAS

Opening Plenary: Regional Integration as a tool to facilitate and enhance Trade & Investment o n the the continent

From the time of independence, there have been failed attempts to industrialise efficiently using import-substitution, which gave rise to the notion of regional integration as a means to facilitate structural transformation in Africa. As a result, African countries have embraced regional integration as an important component of their development strategies primarily driven by the economic rational of overcoming the constraint of small and fractioned economies working in isolation. Several Pan-African organisations have successively been working towards deepening economic, social and political cooperation and integration in Africa.

Plenary Session 1: The Importance of Intra-Africa Trade, as an Outcome of Effective Regional Integration Efforts

In partnership with the Department of Economic Development, this session focuses on regional integration issues and economic development on the continent.

  • The plenary session focuses on trade and investment opportunities in specific economic regions on the Continent. The focus of the sessions is to provide delegates with practical information and current, “real-time” opportunities they can explore further during the B2B. Companies that want to expand into other markets.
  • Funders will present on the types of projects and funding opportunities that are available. Project owners/champions seek to match their projects will the available funding opportunities. Further discussions can be held at the GBR Business Lounge where more detailed and focused meetings can be held.
Plenary Session 2: Exploring Trade & Investment Opportunities between Africa and the Americas
  • The plenary session focuses on real-time trade and investment opportunities in the Americas (North America, South America and Caribbean Islands). The focus of the sessions is to provide delegates with practical information and current, “real-time” opportunities they can explore during the B2B. The aim of the plenary is not to present detailed projects, delegates may attend a follow up Roundtable discussion hosted by the project owner/sponsor or set up a B2B meeting in the GBR Business Lounge, Exhibition Hall 2, Level -2.
  • Funders will present on the types of projects and funding opportunities that are available. Project owners/champions seek to match their projects will the available funding opportunities.

THE GBR BUSINESS LOUNGE FOR BUSINESS MATCHMAKING

DAY 2 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Roundtable 1: Hosted by SA Tourism “Tourism as a Trigger for for Facilitating Trade & Investment Opportunities”

This Roundtable is hosted by the South African Tourism Agency. The aim and objectives are to provide insights on the tourism opportunities that can trigger trade and investment in South Africa.

Roundtable 2: Hosted by Brand South Africa “Investor Perceptions and Insights”

This roundtable is hosted by Brand South Africa to share insights into the tourism potential of South Africa to global investors. Further learning and insights are shared from the rest of the Continent.

Roundtable 3: Hosted by Thai Business Delegation “Doing Business in Thailand”

Hosted by the GBR Thai Business delegation.

Key questions that presenters should seek to answer:

  • What are the trade and investment opportunities that are available in the region?
  • How is the trade and investment climate (considering various macro-economic factors)?
  • What are the challenges, risks, threats in the region and what are the ways to mitigate risks to enable trade and investment?
  • What are the key and strategic sectors to invest in, based on the regions’/country’s economic outlook?
  • What kind of support and legal avenues/protection would a foreign investor be offered?
  • What are the tax regulations and general economic policies, regulations and laws to consider?
Roundtable 4: Hosted by the Durban Chambers of Commerce “Doing Business in Durban”

The Durban Chambers of Commerce and their respective stakeholders present Durban as the premier investment destination in South Africa. Various opportunities for trade and investment in different sectors are discussed in detail.

DAY 3 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Roundtable 1:

Hosted by Ministry of Economic Development and the Industrial Development Commission (IDC) “Development Finance, Regional Integration and Economic Development in Africa”

Roundtable 2:

Hosted by the South African Chambers of Commerce & Industry “The Role of the Chambers of Commerce in Facilitating Trade & Investment”

Roundtable 3:

Hosted by Chapter 9 Institutions “Ethical Business Practices”

Roundtable 4:

Hosted by Africa Forum: The Presidential Roundtable Discussion “Theme TBC”

 

DAY 4: WORLD CONGRESS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2018
Opening Plenary:

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Opportunities & Challenges

Plenary Session 1:

Infrastructure Development

Plenary Session 2:

Benefaction of Africa’s Resources

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