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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

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), has developed a distinguished visitor series to expose Singaporean and other companies interested in Africa to experts in their fields.

South Africa has alternated between being the largest and second largest economy in Africa over the past few years. Nobody can, however, deny that it is by far the most sophisticated economy in Africa. South Africa’s political environment has experienced a lot of volatility the past few few years. Its current president has had to face negative verdicts from the Constitutional Court and the High Court, as well as adverse press on his relationship with the Guppta family from india. The pressure on South Africa has been building up since the end of 2015, when President Zuma fired his finance minister and replaced him with an unknown backbencher. Due to a strong negative reaction, he replaced this weekend special with a previous finance minister, Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan and his deputy were then fired in March 2017. Both Standard & Poor and Fitch subsequently downgraded South Africa’s credit rating to junk status. The scene seems to be set up for serious political upheavel.

 

Event Date 27-Apr-2017 10:00 am
Event End Date 27-Apr-2017 12:15 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. Tolaram Group decided to tap into the entrepreneurial characteristics of Nigeria. It therefore decided to build a business by supporting entrepreneurs in Nigeria to develop their own businesses, based on a recipe developed by the Tolaram Group itself. In this way, Multipro, a subsidiary of Tolaram Group, not only developed a significant distribution network, but also enabled entrepeneurs to become the masters of their own destinies. The ensuing distribution network was so valuable that global food company Kellogg purchased 50% of Multipro. In this session, Mr Haresh Aswani, the Managing Director Nigeria for Tolaram Group, and Honorary Consul-General for Singapore in Nigeria, will present his views on the the challenges Tolaram Group faced in building Multipro in Nigeria, as well as the business model of Multipro.

 

Event Date 23-May-2017 8:30 am
Event End Date 23-May-2017 10:00 am

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Singapore 639798

 

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