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08:30 09:00 (30 mins)

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Registration

09:00 09:05 (5 mins)

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Chair’s opening remarks

09:05 09:20 (15 mins)

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Is Africa still “the big story”?

10:00 10:30 (30 mins)

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Show us the Exits!

10:30 11:00 (30 mins)

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Networking break

11:00 11:10 (10 mins)

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Live polling: have your say!

Get involved and join our live poll by submitting your questions, voting and getting results in real-time 

11:10 11:40 (30 mins)

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Africa in the context of emerging markets

How is Africa performing compared to other emerging markets? What opportunities can be realised in Africa and not elsewhere? What can African deal makers learn from peers in other developing markets?

11:40 12:00 (20 mins)

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Africa in the global context

Global economic pressure and its impact on devaluation in African currencies. Brexit – friend or foe? The new US administration and policies and their influence on African financial markets

12:00 12:30 (30 mins)

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Francophone Africa

  • Exploring Francophone Africa’s attributes: what makes it an attractive destination for private equity investors on the continent?
  • What are the potential synergies in terms of regional expansion between Francophone North Africa and Francophone West Africa?
  • Is capital deployment on the uptake in Francophone Africa?
  • Côte d’Ivoire – an economy to watch

12:30 13:00 (30 mins)

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“Too Hot to Touch” closed door session: Is African honeymoon over?

LP perspective on investing in Africa: facing the fears and dispersing uncertainties. GPs on value creation and ensuring deal flow in the current environment. Perceived risk versus reality

13:00 14:00 (60 mins)

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Networking lunch break

14:00 14:30 (30 mins)

TRACK A: Investment strategies

Impact investing

Best strategies for generating a measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial returns

14:00 14:30 (30 mins)

TRACK B: Country and sector-specific investments

Sector specialization and portfolio diversification

14:30 15:00 (30 mins)

TRACK A: Investment strategies

Private credit: evaluating the performance of distressed debt and mezzanine

14:30 15:00 (30 mins)

TRACK B: Country and sector-specific investments

LP appetite for investing in sector-specific funds

15:00 15:45 (45 mins)

TRACK A: Investment strategies

Smart Africa: Investing in venture & tech

Discovering the latest fintech opportunities. Practical tips from active investors in Africa’s venture and tech sector 

15:00 15:45 (45 mins)

TRACK B: Country and sector-specific investments

Roundtable discussions

  • Education
  • Consumer goods and Retail
  • Agribusiness
  • Fintech
  • Healthcare
  • Energy and renewables

15:45 16:15 (30 mins)

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Networking break

16:15 16:45 (30 mins)

TRACK A: Investment strategies

Non-traditional PE structures: permanent capital vehicles and longer terms capital structures

Private Equity versus Permanent Capital: Pros and Cons

16:15 16:45 (30 mins)

TRACK B: Country and sector-specific investments

Where to invest?

Country spotlight: Analysing recent transactions and deal flow and capital raised in Africa’s key regions

16:45 17:15 (30 mins)

TRACK A: Investment strategies

LP-only “Too Hot To Touch” closed door session

  • Sharing best practices on achieving growth forecasts in the current investment climate
  • What is the preferred route to accessing African private equity for new investors?
  • LPs on socially responsible investing

16:45 17:15 (30 mins)

TRACK B: Country and sector-specific investments

Generating returns through country-specific investments

17:30 18:00 (30 mins)

TRACK B: Country and sector-specific investments

Roundtable Discussions

  • Francophone West Africa
  • North Africa
  • East Africa South Africa
  • South Africa

18:00 20:00 (120 mins)

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End of Day 1 and offsite networking drinks reception