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6th Annual Africa Trade & Export Finance Conference
The Table Bay Hotel
Widely regarded as one of the most promising global markets and a hive of commercial activity across a range of key sectors, the issue of Africa and its trade potential once again found itself at the centre of proceedings at Exporta's 6th Annual Africa Trade & Export Finance Conference, which attracted a record attendance of over 220 delegates to Cape Town on March 8-9.
Benefitting from unrivalled support from the region's leading financial institutions and a varied mixture of subjects and speakers, the conference highlighted both the existing opportunities found within the continent's more established economies (South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya) and the huge potential of some of its newer markets (Zambia, Angola and Mozambique), as well as how problems in both the US and Eurozone have impacted on Africa's appeal.
With a lively and engaged audience in attendance, the event provided excellent opportunities for in-depth debate, with key talking points including risk perception in doing business, logistical and financing challenges faced by corporates, future opportunities in PPP initiatives, the role of ECAs and their pricing policies, South Africa's role as a trade leader, specific case studies (including the first Sinosure-backed transaction in the market), supply chain efficiency priorities, increasing intra-regional trade volumes and discussions on currency settlement.
Proceedings on Day One concluded with an evening reception on Signal Hill, with the breathtaking views providing a stunning setting and fitting conclusion to an excellent day. This continued into Day Two, with varying discussions taking place on a range of themes.
Building on its continuing presence on the continent and strong support from key local and regional institutions, Exporta returns to Africa for its showcase trade event for the sub-Saharan region, the 6th Annual Africa Trade & Export Finance Conference.
Set in Cape Town, South Africa on March 8-9, the conference will bring together senior decision makers from the corporate and banking sectors to discuss Africa’s continuing importance within the global trade market and the key challenges faced as the continent’s process of economic and social development provides ever more increasing opportunities for discussion and debate.
Over the course of the conference a number of key themes will be discussed including:
•Changing corporate financing priorities: Can the local banking sector meet the current need for trade finance?
•Expanding networks and increasing intra-regional trade lines across the continent
•Highlighting recent market syndications and benefits provided for capex financing
•The role of multilaterals in providing finance mechanisms to facilitate bilateral cooperation
•Showcasing the strength of Chinese institutional commitment to financing African growth
•Outlining specific opportunities available in emerging markets such as Zambia and Angola
•Assessing key challenges faced in currency settlement when trading with other emerging markets
•Risk profiling: What new markets have moved to the forefront as a result of political and social changes?
•The need for improved logistical networks in light of Africa’s key role in the global supply chain
•Debating the impact of fluctuating commodity prices across key industries such as metals, mining, energy and agriculture
•Are sufficient pre-export financing facilities available for Africa to maximise its commodity potential?
•Is South Africa still considered the primary trade entry point into Africa?
“The conference was very enlightening and good for building contacts and networking”
Dolapo Ogundimu, Guaranty Trust Bank Ghana
“An exceptional occasion for actors to meet and share experiences for self improvement”
Abdel Zampelegre, Bank of Africa, Burkina Faso
“The conference is excellent for meeting the people that matter in African trade finance”
Jorim Schraven, FMO
Natural resources, both within the oil and metals markets and the buoyant agriculture sector continue to dominate the African landscape, but it is perhaps the processes through which such resources are utilised, both in the facilitating of international and intra-regional trade and establishment of a suitable environment to conduct business which remains the key challenge.
Who should attend?
•Local and international banks
•Multinationals and SMEs
•Commodity brokers and traders
•Insurance brokers and underwriters
•Export credit agencies
•Lawyers and consultants
•Market analysts and policy advisors
As with all Exporta events, strong focus will be placed on the importance of networking, with a special evening reception planned on the close of Day One in the beautiful setting of Cape Town, providing delegates with the chance to network informally long into the evening.
The Table Bay HotelQuay Six, V & A Waterfront
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