Wednesday, september 4, 2019
7:30 a.m. | Participant registration
8:30–9 a.m. | Official opening of the 9th edition of Forum Afrique Expansion | Salle de Bal Est
Master of Ceremony: Éric M’Boua
Amina Gerba President, Forum Afrique Expansion
Valérie Plante Mayor, Ville de Montréal
Government of Quebec Representative
Government of Canada Representative
Monique Jérôme-Forget 2019 Forum Afrique Expansion Ambassador
9:30–11:30 a.m. | Doing business in Africa
Presented by Development Finance Institute Canada, FinDev
In its Doing business 2019 report, the World Bank mentions a new record set by sub-Saharan countries for the third consecutive year, namely the 107 or so reforms introduced last year. this is the logical continuation of the numerous improvements made since 2012 to facilitate business for SMES. noteworthy among these reforms, the fast-track creation of new businesses, better access to credit, better-enforced contracts, and the reduction, or sometimes outright elimination, depending on the country, of minimum capital requirements. as well, growth on the continent, which was 3.5% in 2018 (and 3.6% in 2017), is expected to rise to 4% in 2019 and 4.1% in 2020. these figures are indicative of constantly improving economic performances and a steady stream of business opportunities.
How can this dynamic of reform be further encouraged? how do these reforms better protect investors? What are their implications in terms of supply and the creation of wealth for businesses and in terms of benefits for investors? What impact do new technologies have on these reforms?
Moderator: Jean Philippe Prosper, VP, International Finance Corporation, IFC (2013-2016)
Introduction by: Rama Sithanen, Chairman and Director SANNE Mauritius
09:00-10:00 a.m. Part 1
Republique of Cameroun Representative
Paul Obambi President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry,of agriculture and trades of Brazzaville (République du Congo)
Salimou Bamba General manager of Côte d’Ivoire PME Agency
David Stevenson Administrator, African Development Bank, Afdb
10:00-10:15 a.m. PAUSE
10:15-11:30 a.m. Part 2
Mima Nedelcovych CEO, Africa Global Partners
Guy Futi Managing Director Nigeria, Jumia On-Demand Services
Paula Caldwell Director General Pan Africa – Global Affairs Canada
Development Finance Institute Canada, FinDev Representative
Closing remarks by: Mohamed H’Midouche, VP, Association Marocaine des Exportateurs
Noon–2 p.m. | Conference lunch: The African continental free trade area (CFTA). A promising integration in terms of trade and investment | Salle de Bal Centre
Presented by Afreximbank
On march 21, 2018, representatives of 44 countries from the 55 members of the African union (AU) came together to create the continental free trade zone (CFTA). the zone was inspired by an alarming statistic: only 16% of the trade by African countries is with other African countries. the au, the instigator of the initiative, estimates that the creation of the CFTA will spike intra-african trade by nearly 60% by 2022. ultimately, this will open up access to a market of 1.2 billion potential consumers, for a cumulative GDP in excess of $2,500 billion. the introduction of this free trade zone may also boost competitiveness in other ways: the transfer of technologies, industrial development, diversification of the sources of growth, and a rise in trade within the continent.
How will the CFTA favour local industries and the economic growth of the signatory states? What impact will it have in creating a common market and an economic and monetary union in Africa? How can the CFTA attract a maximum of investors?
Master of ceremony: Éric M’Boua
Introduction by: Afreximbank Representative
Closing remarks by: Alamine Ousmane Mey, Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Cameroon
2:00-2:30 p.m. PAUSE
2:30–4:30 p.m. | The challenges of Africa’s industrialization | Salle de Bal Est
Despite high growth rates overall, Africa is still suffering from a number of major shortcomings. there is an overall lag in mechanization and insufficient supply in the energy sector. according to the African development bank (AFDB), “Africa is in need of deep structural reform so it can diversify its economy.” the institution recommends two priority courses of action: industrialization, and the creation of a continent-wide market. AFDB analysts warn that “to avoid the trap of the underground economy and chronic unemployment, Africa needs to go the way of industrialization and to create added value for its abundant agricultural and mineral resources.” moreover, as part of a new structural transformation driven by technological innovation, a new Africa needs to be shaped, as the primary and secondary sectors are increasingly subject to automation and robotization.
Why and how can Africa be (re)industrialized? What will enable African countries to build more solid economies? How can new strategies for industrialization be developed, and how can they be integrated into the plans for growth and development?
Master of ceremony: Éric M’Boua
Introduction by: Hamidou Mamadou Abdou CEO, CIMA GLOBAL
Moderator: Hamidou Mamadou Abdou CEO, CIMA GLOBAL
Alamine Ousmane Mey Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Cameroon
Republic of Congo Representative
Honorable Peter Munya Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Government of Kenya
Souad Elmallem Executive Partner, 6Temik
Closing remarks by: African development bank (Afdb) Representative
Acknowledgments: Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec (2003-2012), Member of the advisory Committee of the Forum Afrique Expansion
4:30–6 p.m.: Networking cocktail reception
Courtesy of the Government of Canada
7:30 a.m. | participant registration
8:30–9:45 a.m. | Entrepreneurship among African youth and women. More engagement for development | Salle de Bal Est
Presented by the Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie
The economic integration of youth and women is crucial for Africa. based on statistics from united nations institutions, Africa has the youngest population in the world, with more than 200 million people aged 15 to 24. according to the world bank, this segment of the population represents 60% of all of Africa’s unemployed; the international labour organization (ILO) explains that young people are three times as likely to be unemployed as adults and often hold inferior jobs. women, who make up 52% of the African population, are hardest hit, with nearly 80% of them holding down a precarious job. yet a 2018 report published by consulting firm Rolland Berger on female entrepreneurship shows that the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity among women is found in Africa. this observation encourages further development of programs centered around empowerment and employability.
How can training programs adapted to the African job market be put in place? how can project bearers and entrepreneurs be supported in setting up business incubators?
Master of ceremony: Éric M’Boua
Welcome remarks: Nadine Girault Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie of Quebec
Modérateur : Oumar Diallo, Administrator and President of Le Réseau des entrepreneurs et professionnels africains (REPAF)
Introduction : Brahim Boudarbat Manager of L’observatoire de la Francophonie Économique
Bitania Lulu Berhanu, International Branches Coordinator – Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA)
Mary Porter Peschka Director – Environment, Social and Governance at International Financial Corporation, IFC (World Bank Group)
Éric Bélanger Managing Director, Business Services Développement international Desjardins (DID)
Ilyès Bdioui Chief Finance Officer & Partnerships, Jobs For Youth In Africa Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development (AfDB)
Closing remarks: Oumar Diallo, Administrator and President of Le Réseau des entrepreneurs et professionnels africains (REPAF)
9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. PAUSE
10–11:30 a.m. | Investment in Canada | Salle de Bal Est
Presented par National Bank of Canada
Canada has been recognized in recent years as the G7 member with the best business climate, and offers a broad array of investment sectors with high returns. in addition to boasting the shortest period for establishing a new business entity, Canada has the lowest effective tax rate of all G7 countries. several programs exist that offer potential applicants the best conditions for access to the country’s business community. investor immigrants are particularly targeted by these programs.
How is the investment market in Canada? Which sectors are the most attractive and profitable? How does one obtain investor status in Canada and what are its benefits and limits?
Moderator: Payam Eslami Manager, Entreprendre Ici
Introduction by: Payam Eslami Manager, Entreprendre Ici
Louis Leblanc Senior Vice-President, Immigrant Investor Programs, National Bank Financial
Paul Buron Executive Vice-president, Government Mandates and Programs Management
Closing remarks: Payam Eslami Manager, Entreprendre Ici
11:30 a.m.-Noon PAUSE
Noon–2 p.m. | Conference lunch: Public policy in Africa. Strategies for better governance | Salle de Bal Centre
Presented by The African Business Roundtable (ABR)
It is generally accepted that good governance depends on a strong rule of law, more effective civic participation in the affairs of the nation, the efficient management of public finances, and an environment that fosters private-sector development. in one of its reports on the topic, the world bank recommends that “the international development community must no longer simply concern itself with knowing ‘which policy is the right one’; it needs to go further and ask itself ‘how to make the policies deliver results that improve living conditions’ ”. Africa is particularly affected by this issue, and has set in motion a number of processes that now need to be accelerated.
What is the state of public governance in Africa? Which political and economic reforms are at stake? What role do the international community and international institutions play, and how do they assist these reforms? What impact does technological innovation have on the public sector? What tools need to be implemented to ensure better management and better delivery of services to citizens?
Master of ceremony: Éric M’Boua
Introduction by: …
Speaker: Samuel Dossou-Aworet
Closing remarks: Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec (2003-2012), Member of the Advisory Committee of the Forum Afrique Expansion
2:30–4:30 p.m. | Digital Business in Africa | Salle de Bal Est
Presented by Jumia On-Demand Services
Africa’s national economies are increasingly transformed by the digital shift. even though the informal economy continues to mobilize important resources, the pull of the new economy is accelerating the adoption of new modes of doing business. the “African digital universe” is thus effervescent and attracting more and more investment, in both infrastructure and know-how. numerous sectors require both the transfer of knowledge and support through innovative startups.
Which sectors in Africa are showing the most innovation? How can Africa-Canada digital “bridges” be created for the transfer of Canadian know-how? How can new entrepreneurs be trained? How can new startups be financed?
Moderator: Roland Kwemain Founder and President, Go Ahead Africa
Introduction by: Guy Futi Managing Director Nigeria, Jumia On-Demand Services
Fidèle Toghoua President, Tangolf Inc
Shingai Manjengwa CEO, Fireside Analytics Inc.
4:00-4:30 p.m. | Networking Cocktail | Foyer/Salon 5 – Niveau 2
Courtesy of Petrolin