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Conference Program

Saturday, December 4, 2010




Welcoming Remarks
Sheikh Saleh Kamil 
Council of Saudi Chambers 
Dr. Abdulaziz Sager

Gulf Research Center


Session 1
Gulf-Africa Relations: Views from Southern and East Africa


H.E. Khalid AlQusaibi, Minister of Economy & Planning, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza 
President of the Republic of Mozambique
H.E. Emilio Mwai Kibaki
President of the Republic of Kenya 
H.E. Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane
Minister of Finance and National Planning
Republic of Zambia

H.E. Ebrahim Patel
Minister of Economic Development
Republic of South Africa




 Session 2
Gulf-Africa Relations: Views from East and West Africa


H.E. Dr. Jobarah Al-Suraisry, Minister of Transport, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


H.E. Abdoulaye Wade  
President of the Republic of Senegal 
H.E. Dr. Thomas Boni Yayi  
President of the Republic of Benin
H.E. John Dramani Mahama 
Vice President of the Republic of Ghana




 Session 3
Gulf-Africa Relations: Views from the Gulf


H.E. Dr. Hamad Al-Bazai
Vice Minister of Finance
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


H.E. Abdullah Bin Ahmad Zaynal Ali Reza 
Minister of Commerce and Industry 
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

H.E. Ahmad Rashed Al-Haroun 
Minister of Commerce and Industry
State of Kuwait

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani
Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry


 Luncheon Break


 Session 4
Gulf-Africa Relations: The Role of Regional Organizations


Dr. Abdulhamid Abdulghani
Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Panel discussion speakers:

H.E. Dr. Tomaz Salomao
Executive Secretary
South African Development Community (SADC)

H.E. Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim
Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Republic of South Africa

H.E. Stephen Karangizi
Acting Secretary-General
Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa (COMESA)

H.E. Dr. Erieka Bennett 
African Union Diaspora Ambassador
Republic of Ghana

Dr. Salem Bin Nasser Al-Gudhea
Minister Plenipotentiary
Economic Advisor to the Secretary-General
Gulf Cooperation Council


 End of Sessions


Forum Dinner and Official Opening under the Patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Bin Saud  

 Sunday, December 5, 2010


 Session 5
 Gulf-Africa Relations - Promoting and Funding Investment

• What are the main difficulties in building better business and investment ties? What obstacles have been faced and how can they be overcome?

• How can trade and investment relations be facilitated?

• Where do the main opportunities lie in building strong economic ties between the GCC states and Africa?


Prof. Marc Fuller, Chairman - Monitor Group

Panel discussion speakers: 

H.E. Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali Al-Madani 
President and Chairman of the Board of Executives
Islamic Development Bank

H.E. Aston Kajara
Minister of State for Investments
Republic of Uganda

H.E. Ahmed M. Al-Ghannam
Deputy Managing Director and Director General of Saudi Expert Program
Saudi Fund for Development

H.E. Dr. Richard V. Tolbert
Former Chairman of the National Investment Commission of Liberia and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Concession Committee 
Republic of Liberia

Dr. Alawi Shaaban Swabury 
Chief Executive Officer 
Europe SADC States Bridge

Mr. Richard Ketley
Genesis Analytics





 Parallel Working Groups

Group 1: Telecommunications and Infrastructure

• Where are the pressing needs in terms of infrastructure in African countries and what needs to be considered when looking at investment opportunities in this area?

• How can GCC states’ infrastructure companies, especially telecom companies, benefit from the huge investment opportunities in Africa?

• Apart from business interests, what are the other commercial insights that Gulf companies can provide to their African counterparts?

H.E. Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad
Deputy Governor for Information Technology at the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
Ministry of the Communication and Information Technology
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Panel Participants:

H.E. Rodolphe Adada
Minister of State
Ministry of Industrial Development and Private Sector Promotion
Democratic Republic of Congo

Dr. Mohammed A. Al Qasem 
Minister's Advisor & Secretary General, Communication and Information Technology Plan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

H.E. Prof. Geoffrey Lungwangwa
Minister of Communications & Transport
Republic of Zambia

Dr. Ayman Fadhl
President and Chief Executive Officer
Badr Investment and Finance

Mr. J. Eric Wright
Chief Executive Officer
Africa Venture Partners

Group 2: Agriculture

• With food security at the top of the political agenda, what are the trends in agriculture in the GCC states and Africa and how can these be turned into a mutually beneficial trading relationship?

• Being a net food importer, can Africa be a credible and long term source for the Gulf’s soaring food imports?

• Do Gulf agricultural investments have the potential of transforming Africa’s livelihood beyond meeting her food imports?

• What mechanisms should be adopted while negotiating agri-investment deals - investments across the supply chain or Greenfield investment; investment in back-end such as processing, packaging etc. or any other format?


Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh, Vice Rector, King Saud University; Dean, King Abdullah Research and Consulting Institute

Panel Participants: 

H.E. José Pacheco
Minister of Agriculture
Republic of Mozambique

Dr. Abdullah Al Obaid
Deputy Minister of Agriculture
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

H.E. Abdulazia Al-Ageel
Secretary General
Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting 
State of Qatar

Dr. Hafez Ghanem 
Assistant Director - General, Economic and Social Development Department 
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dr. Teunis van Rheenen
Coordinator for Partnerships
International Food Policy Research Institute

Mr. Baba Dioum
General Coordinator
Conference of West and Central African Ministers of Agriculture 

Mr. Mark Cackler 
Manager of Agriculture and Rural Development
The World Bank 

Group 3: Trade

• How can bilateral trade between the Gulf and Africa be strengthened?

• What is the potential for complementary trade?

• What improvements are needed for trade finance?

• Is there room for cooperation at the WTO and other international organizations?


Prof. Tim Niblock, Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Panel Participants: 

H.E. Dr. Sidi Ould Bebaha Ould Tah
Minister of Economic Affairs and Development
Islamic Republic of Mauritania

H.E. Abdullah Al Hemoudi
Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

H.E. Amb. Chirau Ali Mwakwere
Minister for Trade 
Republic of Kenya

H.E. Mahama Ayariga
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry 
Republic of Ghana

Group 4: Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources  

• Given that the competition for natural resources remains intense, what are the fields in which the GCC states and Africa can cooperate for maximum advantage?

• How are Africa’s captive mineral sources indispensable for the GCC states’ economic diversification in sectors such as steel, aluminum, etc?

• How can Africa use the GCC states’ leverage in the global oil and petrochemical industry for its industrial advancement?

• What can be learned from each other’s resource - based economic development strategy?


Prof. Philip Andrews-Speed, Independent Energy Policy Analyst 

Panel Participants: 

H.E. Regis Imongault
Minister of Energy and Hydraulic Resources
Republic of Gabon

H.E. Anibal Teixeira Octavio da Silva
Deputy Minister of Petroleum
Republic of Angola

Dr. Paulo de Sa
Manager, Oil, Gas and Mining Policy Division
The World Bank 

Mr. Mohamed Alabbar
Emaar Properties, Africa Middle East Resources and Emcredit

Mr. Serigne Ndiaye
Vice President
Badr Investment and Finance

Ms. Rana Samaha 
Senior Analyst 
Energy Intelligence



 Luncheon Break


 Working Groups Continue




 Concluding Session
 Gulf - Africa: Moving Economic Relations Forward
• Given what has been learned from the Gulf-Africa Investment Conference 2010, what policy prescriptions need to be put in place to be able to foster better economic and business relations?

• What viable sectoral cooperative ventures could be taken up in the immediate future for expanding bilateral trade and investment relations?

• Would bilateral preferential agreements or pan-regional agreements foster close economic relations?


Rapporteur from Each Working Session

 End of Sessions