TALKING BUSINESS: Africa (in cooperation with the Swiss-African Business Circle)

TALKING BUSINESS: Africa (in cooperation with the Swiss-African Business Circle)

Date: Thursday, 21 October 2021
Time: 16:30-18:00 

Talking Business: Africa

An interactive session in which representatives of private sector entities investing and/or operating a business in Africa share their experiences and highlight the opportunities and challenges they encounter, in particular in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and for the recovery. They will also present how their activities can contribute to the SDGs. The session provides a chance for business to explore new investment horizons and interact with country representatives through Q&As.

Issues to be addressed:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges in investing in and operating a business in the region?
  • What investment policy reforms should be considered priorities by your host governments?
  • Which recent investment policy reforms have enabled you to improve your business perspectives?
  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected these priorities?
  • What contribution can your business make to the SDGs in the countries you are operating in?
  • What measures will allow your business to grow and increase its contribution to the SDGs?

Opening: 

  • Ms. Chantal Dupasquier, Chief, Investment Policy Review Section, Investment Policies Branch, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Panellists: 

  • Mr. Leonard Stiegeler, Founder, Pulse Africa Holding AG and Member, Swiss-African Business Circle Board
  • Mr. Laurent Padoux, Member of the Steering Committee and Southern Africa Expert, French Council of Investors in Africa (Conseil français des investisseurs en Afrique)
  • Mr. Eliud Njoroge, Portfolio Manager, SilkInvest
  • Mr. Paul Clements-Hunt, CEO, Blended Capital

Moderator: 

  • Mr. Ammar Kessab, Principal Regional Governance Coordinator, African Development Bank

Event manager: Ms. Chantal Dupasquier
Contact email: Chantal.Dupasquier@unctad.org