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The NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies and Singapore Business Federation Business Institute is pleased to organize a workshop on "Developing and Innovating Your Business Model for Success in Africa". Upon completion of the workshop, the participant will be granted an attendance certificate.

 

Event Date 07-Nov-2017 9:00 am
Event End Date 07-Nov-2017 5:00 pm
Registration Start Date 25-Sep-2009 12:00 am

The demand for convenience and processed food is growing in Nigeria. This demand is led by Nigeria’s expanding middle class, with consumer changes in tastes, patterns and style. Consumers are also becoming more health conscious, adding to the need for nutritious pre-packaged food. Nigeria’s packaging and food processing market is one of the largest in Africa, estimated at about US$545 million. Between 2010 and 2012, imports of food processing and packaging technology increased 39%, from €198 million to €275 million. Nigeria’s agriculture and agribusiness industry is plagued with numerous challenges. These challenges include business, infrastructure and regulatory problems. Business challenges include the lack of funds, market share, cost of raw materials, taxation and other issues affecting the ease of doing business. There is inadequate infrastructure, such as power supply, transportation facilities and networks, and storage facilities, which can lead to a poor capacity for postharvest handling, and high production and productivity costs. These challenges provide numerous investment opportunities for the Africa-savvy investor. Dr Adefolake Adeyeye, a Nigerian citizen and Research Fellow of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies, has researched these opportunities. The report will be made available to interested parties.

 

Event Date 26-Sep-2017 8:30 am
Event End Date 26-Sep-2017 8:30 am
Registration Start Date 30-Nov-2009 12:00 am

The NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies, a joint initiative between the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), Africa Business Group (AfBG) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), is pleased to invite Singapore companies to the seminar on “The BRI and the AAGC as stimulants for Business Development in Africa”, organised in conjunction with the visit of the Centre’s Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Tjiurimo Alfredo Hengari, who is from Namibia.

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has created a lot of hype since its announcement in 2013 by the President of China, Mr Xi Jinping. More than 60 countries are involved, with a strong focus on infrastructure, ICT, trade and cultural ties. More than 3 years after the announcement of the BRI, the prime ministers of India and Japan announced the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor. Although spokespeople for the AAGC have stated that it is not set up to be a competitor for the BRI, it does seem to be.  The BRI mentions Africa as an afterthought, with only 3 countries directly identified, i.e. Kenya, Djibouti and Egypt. However, there are numerous bilateral and multilateral agreements between China and Africa in place, which creates the means for Africa to become involved. The AAGC, in contrast, has Africa as a specific focus. This seminar will compare the two mechanisms and identify potential business implications for African countries.

 

Event Date 06-Sep-2017 10:00 am
Event End Date 06-Sep-2017 12:30 pm

The NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies, a joint initiative between the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), Africa Business Group (AfBG) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), is pleased to invite Singapore companies to the seminar on “Economic Integration in Africa: Challenges and Business Opportunities”, organised in conjunction with the visit of the Centre’s Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Tjiurimo Alfredo Hengari, who is from Namibia.

Economic integration has long been punted as a requirement to revive the Africa Rising narrative. Currently, intra-African trade is only between 12% and 15%. This is a far cry from the 70% of the European Union. It is said the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) will boost the intra-African growth rate to 30%, while the Continental free Trade Area (CFTA) will grow the rate by 50%. There are various challenges that need to be dealt with. In addition, the main question for foreign businesses is, how will this effect business opportunities in Africa?

 

 

Event Date 31-Aug-2017 10:00 am
Event End Date 31-Aug-2017 12:30 pm

Africa has been in focus for various Singaporean companies, with great success. Various Singapore companies have either started their business ventures in Africa, or have seen the business opportunities in Africa and have subsequently expanded their business to exploit these opportunities. Azul World developed a poultry startup in Rwanda. The initial focus was on boosting food nutrition in Rwanda, because Rwanda has very low levels of consumption of meat protein. In Rwanda, chicken meat is typically eaten just on special occasions. That is unusual as in most parts of the world, chicken is eaten more regularly. In this session, Ms Shumei Lam, the Managing Director of Poultry East Africa Ltd, will present her views on the opportunities and challenges on developing a poultry farm in Rwanda, amongst others addressing the three elements of her business - a feed mill, the farm and a processing plant, all of which are quite brand new concepts for Rwanda.

 

Event Date 25-Jul-2017 8:30 am
Event End Date 25-Jul-2017 10:00 am

NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies

 

50 Nanyang Avenue
Singapore 639798

 

(65) 6513 8089