Brazil - Africa Leadership Forum 2013
08:15 - 09:00Registration and refreshments
09:00 - 09:05Chairs opening remarks

Olanrewaju Akinola, Editor, This is Africa

09:05 - 09:10Welcome remarks

Pedro Luiz Carneiro de Mendonça
, Ambassador of Brazil to South Africa

09:10 - 09:25Ministerial 1:1

Victor Mashabela
, Chief Director, Bilateral Trade Relations, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa

09:25 - 10:15Plenary Panel: South - South trade as a driver of global growth

The economic rise of Brazil and other emerging markets continues to reshape the global economic landscape. Brazil's trade with Africa has increased by a factor of five in the past decade, and President Dilma Rousseff has made increasing trade with the continent a priority. In this session we will look at:

  • How is trade policy between Brazil and African countries evolving?
  • What are  governments on both continents doing to ensure trade policy drives economic growth?
  • Which sectors are emerging as winners for both Brazilian and African exporters?
  • What do African and Brazilian companies report on the realities of establishing and maintaining successful trading partnerships? Which engagement models work best?

Moderator: Olanrewaju Akinola, Editor, This is Africa

David Graham, Managing Director, Trade Projects
Siphiwe Ngwenya, CEO, Gauteng Growth and Development Agency
Paulo Rage, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Brazil-Mozambique

10:15 - 10:45Networking break
10:45 - 11:35Panel: Agriculture as a tool for economic growth

The agriculture sector is now widely recognized to be a key part of driving development across the continent. How can Brazil’s success in recent decades inform efforts to transform agriculture in Africa?

  • The role of science and R&D in unlocking the agriculture sector
  • The view from the Brazilian private sector on investing in African agriculture
  • Best practice from South-South agricultural cooperation projects
  • Bridging the financing gap in Africa
  • What is holding the sector back?

Moderator: Adam Green, Senior Reporter, This is Africa

Mohit Arora
, Director of Agriculture, Standard Bank Africa
Oluwole Fatunbi, Programme Officer, Partnerships and Strategic alliances, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
Gilson Pinesso, Director, Pinesso Group
Périn Saint Ange, Regional Director, East and Southern Africa, IFAD

11:35 - 12:20Panel: Building the New Africa

Few constraints are as much of a brake on growth and development across the continent as underdeveloped infrastructure. It is estimated that a financing deficit of close to $50bn must be bridged to meet essential needs in transport, power a water alone.

  • What are the major constraints on infrastructure?
  • Developing effective strategies to address the continent’s infrastructure deficit.
  • What is the role of new partners such as Brazil in kick-starting the sector?
Moderator: Adam Green, Senior Reporter, This is Africa

Rodrigo Estevan Alves, General Manager South Africa, Marcopolo
Leonardo Calado de Brito, Director, Africa, Construtora OAS
Gustavo Fontes, Principal, Odebrecht Africa Fund
Saleem Karimjee, Senior Manager, Southern Africa Region, IFC

12:20 - 12:45Interview: Natural resources - the key to Africa’s development?

Africa’s hydrocarbon and mineral reserves have inevitably attracted the interests of global players. A number countries are now experiencing a surge in new oil and mineral discoveries that could play a key role in its development. Many of these are located in conflict-affected states such as Mozambique and Sierra Leone, amid ongoing concerns over governance in the extractives sector. Is the sector still attractive to Brazilian investors?

Interviewer: Adam Green, Senior Reporter, This is Africa

Olivier Rwamasirabo, General Manager, Corporate Affairs for Africa and Middle East, Vale

12:45 - 14:00Networking Lunch
14:00 - 14:10Keynote Address

Donald Kaberuka
, President, African Development Bank

14:10 - 15:10Panel: South - South Development Cooperation: A model for global partnerships?

Brazil's model of engagement with Africa in development is signficantly different to the aid and development models developed and practiced by the US and Europe. Brazil has much to offer in practical experience of addressing development issues particularly in health and social services. What can practioners tell us about the realities of knowledge and technology transfer?

  • Which elements of successful Brazilian programmes have proven to have most traction in Africa?
  • What are the best models for knowledge and technology transfer and local capacity building?
  • What government and private sector support is needed to ensure these programmes are sustainable in the long-term in an African context?

Moderator: Olanrewaju Akinola, Editor, This is Africa

Daniel Balaban
, Director, Centre of Excellence Against Hunger, World Food Programme
Alessandra Monteiro, Chief Executive, Previrb (IRB - Brazil Reinsurance)
Erich Schaitza, Head of Africa, EMBRAPA
José Luiz Telles, Head, Fiocruz Africa

15:10 - 16:00Panel: Unlocking Africa’s economic potential

Lack of access to finance constitutes a significant constraint on development, from the critical SME sector to the agriculture sector and large-scale infrastructure projects. Addressing this challenge will be vital to accelerate Africa’s development.

  • What are the main barriers to access to finance on the continent?
  • Innovative models to unlock the financing needed to drive growth
  • The role of new partners such as Brazil in bridging the financing gap

Moderator: Desmond Dodd, Head of Communications for Sub-Saharan Africa, IFC

Jean-Louis Ekra
, President, African Export-Import Bank
Ebrima Faal
, Regional Director, Southern Africa Resource Center, African Development Bank
George Mudange, Director, Trade Finance Department, PTA Bank
Moe Shaik, Group Executive: International Finance, Development Bank of Southern Africa

16:00Chair's closing remarks

Olanrewaju Akinola, Editor, This is Africa