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Ekweremadu, Atiku, Ors To Speak At 2018 Africa Trade/Investment Global Summit

As Debut Africa Blue Economy Forum Hits the Mark

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GAA Exhibitions & Conferences and ATIGS Groups today announced the lineup of global executives and business leaders that will address participants at the Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit 2018, June 24-26, at the World Trade Center – Ronald Reagan Building.

Speakers include executives from U.S., UAE, Africa, Asia, Caribbean, and Europe. Global participating investment and development companies includes Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), Loukil Group, KUWAIT FUND, Devex, OPEC Fund for International Development, Qatar Mining, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Centum Investment, AEPA International Inc, IFC, and Bosch.

The event will welcome the participation of prominent officials and distinguished personalities, accredited investment firms, high-level speakers, quality exhibitors, and delegation groups from over 70 countries.

Highlight Confirmed Speakers Include:

H.E Atiku Abubakar, Former Vice President of Nigeria

H.E. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, African Union Ambassador to the United States

H.E Ambassador Dr. Neil Parsan, former Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the US, Mexico and the Organization of American States

Hon Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu, Deputy Senate President of Nigeria

Hon Ambassador John Campbell, former US ambassador to Nigeria – United States

Hon Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment – Nigeria

Ms Lerato Mataboge, Deputy Director General, Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA) at the Department of Trade and Industry – South Africa

Ms. Maria Goravanchi, Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation – United States

Dr. Ricardo Daniel Veigas de Abreu, Secretary of Economic Affairs of the President of Republic of Angola

Dr. Tariq A. Nizami, Founder & CEO of CEO Clubs Network Worldwide – United Arab Emirates

Dr. Munir Ahmad Ch, President, Aspire World Investments LLC – United Arab Emirates

Mr. Coutinho Nobre Miguel, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Banco Sol – Angola

Mr. Alexander Gazis, Acting Deputy Director for Economic Affairs and Sr. Trade and Investment Officer, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Kevin Cassidy, Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations, ILO Office for the United States

Mr. Robert Skinner, Director, United Nations Information Center (UNIC), Washington D.C, USA.

Mr. Andrew Herscowit, Coordinator, Power Africa – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – USA

Mr. Chris Knight, Global Commercial Director for fDi Intelligence, Financial Times Group – London, UK

Mr. Kofi Adomakoh, Director Project Finance, African Export-Import Bank – Egypt

Mr. Siyabulela Mandela, grandson of the iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela – South Africa

Mr. Alfred Liu, President, AEPA International Inc.-China/USA

A full list of speakers and the current agenda for the 2018 Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit is available online at www.atigs2018.com

“The message is clear – it’s time to invest in Africa, trade with Africa, and partner with Africa.” said Bako Ambianda, Senior Member, ATIGS 2018 Organizing Committee

The Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit is a prestigious biennial business conference and exhibition designed specifically to promote international trade in Africa; to facilitate foreign direct investment in Africa, and to provide a platform for businesses to expand into new markets. The event has a well-structured format for facilitating direct peer engagement, for more advanced deal-making, showcasing fundable companies, co-investments and financing engagements, strategic partnerships, and business networking.

Debut Africa Blue Economy Forum Hits the Mark

In another development, the African continent is planning to work together on a country and regional level to put in place and, more crucially, implement a sustainable maritime governance system that will benefit the whole continent, concluded delegates at the first Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF).

ABEF 2018 took place in London on 8 June, to coincide with World Oceans Day. The Forum attracted international experts and African government ministers to debate the economic contribution of oceans in the context of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Paul Holthus, CEO of the World Ocean Council and keynote speaker at ABEF 2018, remarked:

“Africa presents major blue economy investment opportunities and also sustainable development challenges.

“We are working to bring together ocean business community leadership and collaboration in Africa to address both these opportunities and challenges.”

Speaking on the panel discussing ‘The blue economy and ocean financing’, Gregor Paterson-Jones, an independent expert on renewable energy investment, said:

“The blue economy is not a uniform theme. The green economy is more easily defined, because it relates to ‘clean’ energies.

“The blue economy has multiple sectors with different types of investment opportunities. I always say blue is the new green.”

A strong focus on action was prevalent throughout discussions at ABEF.

David Luke, Coordinator, African Trade Policy Centre, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, remarked:

““Because the blue economy is such a broad concept, we need to bring coherence to it. As far as Africa is concerned, we need to be part of the change we see happening on the continent for the blue economy to have traction.”

Stanislas Baba, Minister-Counsellor to the President of the Togolese Republic, said:

“Trade is an unexploited resource in Africa, but the blue economy has to be handled carefully.

“$350 million is lost each year in Africa due to illegal fishing. We can combat poverty by using our seas.”

Achieving a regional approach will not be easy, noted Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organisation.

“One of the problems we have in Africa is that we don’t like ideas,” he remarked. “Blueprint programmes are lying on the shelf. Integration means letting go of certain things.”

Speakers and delegates at ABEF 2018 agreed on the need for innovative financing to start developing the Africa blue economy on a wider scale, not only from governments, but also the private sector.

Relevant data and more research is required to shape policies, especially with regard to climate change.

Focusing on educating Africa’s youth is also key to shaping the blue economy, which has the capacity to provide desperately needed jobs for the younger generation across the continent.

Leila Ben Hassen, Founder and CEO of ABEF organiser, Blue Jay Communication, commented:

“The blue economy is not simply the responsibility of the 38 African coastal countries, but is also highly relevant to their landlocked neighbours.

“We must all contribute to put the blue economy into action, to help reduce poverty, improve livelihoods and assure sustainable socio-economic development.”

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