Africa Trade and Investment Convention


Theme: Unlocking Africas Trade Opportunities

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020 | 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

7:00 AM - 09:00 AM › Registration / Coffee & Business Networking and African Cultural Performance:
Opening Ceremony & Introduction Remarks

9:05 AM › Conference Organizer’s Opening Remarks:
John Karegwa- Chairman, Africa Trade and Investment Convention

9:10 AM › Opening Address:
Benjamin Huss - Chairman, Startup Fund

9.15AM : › Opening Keynote Session:
Why Africa? Why Now? - Opening Keynote Speaker
Mr. Richard Ngatia ,President of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Kenya
Chief Guest Key Note Address: Host Country Official - Government of the Netherlands

11.30 – 13.00 › Workshop Space:
Roundtable: Opportunities in Industrial Development in Africa

9:30 AM: › Business in Africa:
Panel Session
- Opportunities and Challenges of doing business with Africa
- The biggest challenges and business opportunities in Africa’s booming markets
- Success Stories and understanding the African business system
1) Mr Mohammed Sesay- Regional Director, Cordaid West Africa
2) Hans Walhout-Quadraat Global Project Management
Moderator: Ikenne Ngene

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: › Deal Time: Coffee and Networking Break Exhibition Viewing

Exhibition Halls

11:00 AM to 12.00 › Trading with Africa
Plenary Panel Session
o Panelists share their views and lessons learned, Political and Legal risks : Mitigating country to country risks, understanding the African Business System: Taxation, Logistics, Trade and importation incentives,marketing and forming business partnerships.
o Dutch Government’s initiatives to support trade and investments in Africa. Challenges and success stories
o Overcoming trade barriers between Africa and the Netherlands

3) Speakers: Mr Mohammed Sesay- Regional Director, Cordaid West Africa


12: 00 PM – 1.00 PM ›
International Trade Financing and How to Export and Trade Successfully Facilitator:

12: 00 PM – 1:00 PM ›
Africa is Open for Business: Going International with Your Business
• Identifying your business partner;
• Successful participation in trade shows;
• International sales and tender pitch training;
• Successful participation in a trade missions;
• How to organise international business growth.
• Africa’s Business Success Stories, Forming Partnerships, and Opportunities

1.00 - 2.00pm › Networking Lunch & Exhibition Viewing

(During lunch, come by the exhibition hall to network)

Conference Space

2.05 PM- 3.00PM › Plenary Session:

Leveraging Emerging Market-Sourced Investment
A Dialogue with African Ambassadors: Trade and Grow with Africa
- Hear from African Ambassadors on what they are doing to promote investment and trade relations.

3:00 PM - 4.00PM

Conference Space
Africa Trade Experts Panel Session
-Understanding Africa Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)
-Facilitating efficient movement of goods across borders
Facilitators :

4.00PM TO 5.00PM › Workshop Rooms ( downstairs)

B2B MATCHMAKING FORUM ( Pre-identified One on One Business Meetings)

5: 00 PM – 6:00 PM › Netherlands-Africa Business Discussion / Networking Cocktail

The event will bring together Dutch companies, African Government representatives Government of Netherlands representatives and representatives of African companies . It will end with a networking cocktail between Dutch companies and the African delegations present at the Conference.

Afternoon Workshops
2:30 PM- 4.00pm

Establishing Product value Chains -Where to start! Facilitator:

2:30 PM- 4.00pm
Leveraging Emerging Market-Sourced Investment

2:30 PM- 4.00pm
Public–Private Partnerships for Trade and Infrastructure DevelopMent

- The Need for the public and private sector and businesses to work co-operatively if businesses are to thrive and succeed in Africa.
- The need for essential infrastructure and institutions that must be in place to sustain trade and the private sector.



Theme: Unlocking Africas Investment Opportunities

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020 |8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

8.00 – 9.30 - Reception

9.30 – 11.00 › Conference Space
Technology Transformation in Africa-Panel Session
o Game changing technologies, digitalization in Africa
o Africa Technology Startups Ecosystem and Trends
o How technology is transforming Africa’s startup landscape
o African Digital Economy
o Shaping up an African Tech Industry
o Technology, Youth Innovation & Transformation
o African Fintech Entrepreneurship
1 Ms Martha Mgendi Fisher- African Women in Fintech Payments
2. Mr Ben Wylie- Baobab Network- UK
3. Mr Michael Tadic, President -Bridgeways Company- UK
4. Mohammed Benkhaled- Peaqock Financials- Morocco
5. Benjamin Huss- CEO- Startup Fund Denmark/ Kenya
6. Larissa Haas- Extrenal Communications Manager -The Youth Cafe ,Kenya
Moderator: Ikenna Ngene

11.30 – 13.00 › Conference Spac

11.30 – 13.00 : Round Table Space
Conference: The Role of Diaspora in African Development Speakers:
1) Ambassador Pastor Elvis Iruh- Editor- Voice Magazine
2) Joy AWE- Chair- African Women in Europe ( AWE)
3) John Karegwa- Changemaker International
4) Stanley Anyetei- Africa Investment Officer- Triodos Bank Moderator:
Morning workshops

11.30PM- 13.00PM
Investment in Africa: Legal Aspects and Regulations
Facilitator: Johnson Kilangi- CEO Lean Africa Consultants Ltd


11.30 – 13.00 › Round Table Space
Opportunities in African Tourism Facilitator
Ms Anne Wanyoike- Managing Director- CTM Travel, Kenya
11.30 – 13.00 › Opportunities in African Tourism
Facilitator Ms Anne Wanyoike- Managing Director- CTM Travel, Kenya

11.30 – 13.00 › Women in Business
Facilitator Ms Kate Kibaarah Managing Director- Kate’s Organics Ltd

11.30am- 1.00pm › Opportunities and Challenges in SMEs Growth in Africa
Facilitator Ms Kate Kibaarah Managing Director- Kate’s Organics Ltd

11.30am- 1.00pm › Kenya Country Investment Workshop
Facilitator Claire Dawat- Sub Sahara Business Council

11.30am- 1.00pm › Morocco Country Investment Workshop

11.30am- 1.00pm › Nigeria Country Investment Workshop

1.00PM to 2.00pm ›
Networking Lunch & Exhibition Viewing

2.00- 3PM -Conference Space
Investing in Agriculture in Africa- Panel Discussion
o Agribusiness in Africa
o Africa Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century
1) Dr. James Nyoro- Governor of Kiambu County, Kenya
2) Mr.Eelko Bronkhorst- CEO, Financial Access, Netherlands
3) Mr.Batenze Patrick - Chief Executive Officer, Liberation Community Finance Limited

3.00 PM -Conference Space
Investing in Agriculture in Africa- Panel Discussion

16.00 – 16.30 › Coffee Break & Networking

16.30 – 17.30 › Conference Space
SMEs as the Engine for Economic Development
1) Mr Benjamin Huss- Start Up Fund
2) Mr.Mohamed Wurie- Cordaid Sierraleone
3) Mr. Ben Wylie- Baobab Network- UK
4) Eelko Bronkhorst- CEO Financial Access- Netherlands
5) Mr Johnson Kilangi- Lean Africa Consultants
6) Mr Trevor Hambayi-Senior Partner- Development Financial Associates

06:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Cocktail Reception, Entertainment and African Fashion Show by Fashion High Tea.

Friday 24th Afternoon Workshops:

3.00pm- 4.00pm › Opportunities in Micro-Finance in Africa
Mr Mohamed Sesay- Regional Director, Cordaid West Africa

3.00pm- 4.00pm › Enhancing Africa Diaspora Investments
Mr.Stanley Anyetei- Triodos Bank, Netherlands

3.00pm- 4.00pm ›
Youth Empowerment in Africa - Investing in Youth to transform Africa's future Opportunities and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.
Ms Larissa Haas- The Youth Cafe, Kenya

3.00pm- 4.00pm -Conference Space
Somalia Country Investment Workshop
Hon Mohamed Daryeel

3.00pm- 4.00pm › Keys to Unlocking Capital for Projects in Africa