5th Africa Economic Forum

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Oxford Business Group is pleased to announce our media partnership with the 5th Africa Economic Forum 2011, which will be held on 7 - 9 March 2011 in Cape Town. In this respect, we send you the following message from the conference organisers:

Dear Oxford Business Group subscribers,

Shaping Africa’s Future

The 5th Africa Economic Forum 2011 (AEF-2011) in Cape Town at the BMW-Imax Theatre is a landmark conference in Africa. It is considered a significant business networking occasion for the top corporate players active in and across the African continent.

AEF-2011 is preceded by the 2nd Sub-Saharan Africa Business Briefing 2011 on the Monday 7th March, with presentations by Dr Duncan Clarke (Chairman & CEO, Global Pacific & Partners), a leading strategist on Africa. This will be followed by our 36th PetroAfricanus Dinner the same evening.

The AEF-2011 will enable the Africa’s leading entities, industries, companies and state players to interface with senior executives, African government officials and also with countries outside Africa. It will help them connect with the fast-growth core industries and corporates driving Africa’s economies forward.

The 5th Africa Economic Forum 2011 is structured with 10 high-level plenaries with speakers from key countries, companies, institutions, state players, policy thinkers and core industries. It is designed for business and governments dealing with key industry issues and focused on the fundamentals shaping Africa’s economic future. The program, with exhibition, provides an intensive tour de l’Afrique, revealing insights on the issues confronting Africa’s future commercial, business and socio-economic trajectories.

The AEF-2011 Agenda is concentrated around critical investment and business concerns, leading-edge shifts in Africa’s evolving economic landscapes, and the continent’s emerging role and strategic position within a highly-competitive and rapidly globalising world.

Plenary Sessions

The AEF-2011 Plenaries cover the following key themes:

• Africa’s Changing Economic World To 2020: Views From Leading Institutions On Africa

• South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Angola, Algeria, Morocco -The Giant Economies & Newly Emerging “Next Five”

• Southern, Eastern, Western, Maghreb Africa: Powerhouses, Fragile States, Emerging Island Economies, Minerals, and Diversification Investments In Growing Markets

• Africa’s Oil, Gas-LNG & Energy Boom: Upstream, Midstream, Downstream: Resources & Development

• Mining, & Minerals & Metals In Africa: Producers, Explorers, Markets, Metals, Beneficiation, Exports

• Modernising African Industry, Banks-Finance, Infrastructure, Services, Manufacturing, Transportation, Projects, ICT Telecommunications: Terrestrial, Satellite, Mobile Telephony, Television, Sea Cables

• Africa’s Economic Drivers: Growth, Challenges, Future: Constraints, Building Bridges, Capturing Opportunities

• Agro-Allied Industries, Urbanisation, Land Issues, Food Security, Markets, New Consumers, Tourism, Service Industries, Domestic/Foreign Airlines, Hotels, Game Parks

• Shaping Africa’s Economic & Investment Future: Investors, State Players, Great Powers, Performance, Governance: Shifting Africa From Underdevelopment To Modernity

The Plenaries cover critical business issues impacting and shaping Africa’s economic future. This will be illuminated by a top-line program of knowledgeable speakers drawn from the continent and around the world in business, government and institutions who are closely involved with the African economy.

Global Pacific & Partners will showcase two films they have made on Africa for the AEF-2011 meeting – The first film is Born in Soweto (1994), a historic documentary portraying life and times in Soweto, and depicting the issues and poverty that then applied. The second film is Africa: Crude Continent: Quest for Africa’s Oil Prize, made by CNBC-Africa, based on the widely-acclaimed book by Duncan Clarke, published by Profile Books (London) in 2010.