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Africa-Japan Business Investment Forum, 2015

Start Date
31st Aug 2015
End date
02nd Sep 2015
Posted By
Microsoft 4Afrika
Event Type
Professional Events
Addis Ababa

Japan has always been a strong and loyal partner of Africa and a leader in many fields including that of agriculture. And Japan has remained steadfast in its support of the African cause, establishing the first TICAD in 1993 when virtually everybody else had turned their backs. Africa Japan
trade sits at a modest $25bn but with Africa becoming an increasingly strategic continent in terms of energy and raw commodities, as well as a large consumer market it is a continent which has much to offer Japan, and vice versa. During his visit to Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire and Mozambique Prime Minister Abe reiterated that Japanese cooperation was one of equals and that Japanese aid was designed to create jobs and transfer technologies. It is with this in mind and to follow up on successful events in Tokyo that IC Publications and Nikkei Business will organise a Africa-Japan Business Investment Forum at the end of August of 2015.

Nikkei Business and African Business are the leading business publications in Japan and Africa respectively. Between them they have unrivalled networks in terms of the African and Japanese business community.

The objective of the Forum is to help strengthen ties between these two business networks as well as to share best practice and opportunities between these two constituencies.

The Investment Forum will bring together some key actors in the Japanese and African business circles as well as select ministerial interventions.

There will be a focus on key sectors including finance, agri-business, manufacturing, energy and technology.

The Forum will be a classic Business Forum, including a networking cocktail reception on the eve of the Forum and a one and half day event featuring panel discussion and parallel streams.

The discussion will be Davos style like panels as well as some case studies and interactive discussions. The Forum will create platforms for 1-1 interactions and networking opportunities.

Why attend?

Following last year’s visit by Prime Minister Abe, a clear statement of intent was made to drive investment into Africa. Japanese investments are rising on the continent. Japan is now the biggest importer of Nigerian liquefied natural gas, and has invested heavily in Mozambique’s off-shore gas. Japanese trading house Mitsui holds a 20% stake in the Mozambique gas field operated by Anadarko. Two of the country’s liquefied natural gas firms, LNG Japan and Itochi, are also investors in a huge natural-gas project with Nigeria’s state-owned energy company. Japanese banks are actively financing infrastructure projects throughout Africa. Automotive products, including those assembled in Africa by Japanese companies such as Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi, find a ready market with the emerging African middle-classes.

This Forum will highlight opportunity areas that trading companies such as Mitsui, Itochu, Toyota, Tsusho, Mitsubishi Corporation, Marubeni, Sojitz and Sumitomo, find relevant to their business.

The Forum will create unique a platform and unrivalled access to meet industry players from both Africa and Japan.


Day 1

14.00 – 19.00 Registration

18.00 – 18.30 Press Briefing

19.00 – 19.30 Keynote Address

Inaugural Address: HE Ato Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

19.30 – 21.00 Reception

Day 2

8.00 – 9.00 Registration and Breakfast

09.00– 09.45 Opening Remarks

Dawano Kedir, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan*
Kazuhiro Suzuki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ethiopia
Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher and Managing Director, African Business

09.45-10.15 Special Dialogue: “Africa-Japan Partnership – Growth through collaboration”

What are the opportunities available in Africa? What are the lessons learnt from Japan?
How can we increase and foster better relations between Japan and Africa and help build on the progress made on TICAD?
How can we make use of the transfer technology initiatives between Africa and Japan?
How can we expand the remit of Africa – Japan relations to improve infrastructure, logistics, energy, agriculture and health projects across the African continent?


HE Mrs Fatima Haram Acyl, Commissioner for Trade and Industry, African Union Commission
Hiroshi Kato, Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency

10.15 – 11.15 Plenary Session 1

Quality Infrastructure: partnership and investment opportunities

What are the priorities and how can Africa’s needs be met?
What is the comparative advantage of the Japanese “quality infrastructure” model for Africa?
How can Africa attract private sector investment? What are successful examples of PPPs that could be shared as models for development? What are the prospects for development and financing of PPP projects?

Keynote Address:

Nhlanhla Nene, Minister of Finance, South Africa

Panel Discussion:

E Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya, Secretary General, COMESA*
E IIyas Moussa Dawaleh, Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning, Djibouti
Gilberto Rodrigues, CEO, Mota-Engil
Chris Cleverly, CEO, Made in Africa Foundation
Katsumi Hirano, Chief Senior Researcher, IDE-JETRO


Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner, Ethiopia and Head, Transaction Advisory Services, EY

11.15 – 11.45 Coffee Break – Sponsored by

11.15 – 11.45 Press Conference

11.45 – 13.00 Breakout Session 1

Logistics & Ports: building and expanding Africa’s trade gateways

Catering for the world’s demand through African ports
Trade transit corridors in Africa’s landlocked countries
Harmonizing regional trade agreements and trade finance solutions


Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines
Admassu Tadesse, President and Chief Executive, PTA Bank
Tatsuo Harada, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan
Aboubaker Omar Hadi, Chairman, Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority


Andrew Shaw, South Africa – Transportation and Logistics Leader, PWC*

Breakout Session 2

Financing for Growth

Keynote Address: Moriyuki Aida, Executive Officer for Europe, the Middle East & Africa, Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Infrastructure finance: plugging the funding gap and Africa’s ROI potential
How do we convert the risk aversion of investors into commitment?
Access to finance and deepening capital markets


Melissa Cook, Managing Director, African Sunrise Partners LLC
Yukiko Omura, Board Member, GuarantCo, Amatheon Agri Holding NV & Assured Guaranty
Kofi Klousseh, Principal Investment Officer, IFC InfraVentures
Moriyuki Aida, Executive Officer for Europe, the Middle East & Africa, Japan Bank for International Cooperation


Tom Minney, Chief Executive, African Growth Partners

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 14.40 Keynote Address:

Ivor Ichikowitz, Chief Executive, Paramount Group

14.40 – 15.40 Plenary Session 2

Creating a Knowledge Economy: Africa-Japan Partnerships

What are the opportunities for innovation and technology?
Can the Japanese model be replicable?
How can Africa benefit from technology transfers and what partnership models can work for it?


Frannie Leautier, CEO, Mkoba Private Equity
HRH Prince Cedza Dlamini, Chair, Nexus Africa
Bright Simons, President, mPedigree Network
Anat Bar-Gera, Chairperson, YooMee Africa AG
Junko Ishii, Director General – Industry and Business Development Support, JETRO


Nkosana Moyo, Founder and Executive Chairman, Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)

15.40 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.00 Breakout Session 3

Energy: Creating Sustainable Solutions

How can Africa best exploit its substantial renewable energy resources? What are the opportunities and constraints in financing and sustaining green energy development and how can they be addressed?
What are the successful examples of Renewable Projects in Africa? What lessons can be learned from Japan and how can these success stories be replicated?


Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Energy and Irrigation, Ethiopia
Alassane Ba, Chief Executive Officer, Africa50
Luka Buljan, Investment Director, Berkeley Energy (Africa Renewable Energy Fund)
Masanori Sakanashi, General Manager, East Africa, Marubeni Corporation, Japan


Ross Alexander, Director, Africa Matters Ltd

Breakout Session 4


Keynote Address: Carl Heinrich Bruhn, CEO, Amatheon Agri Holding NV

Panel Discussion: Agriculture- led growth

Shifting the paradigm from development to Agriculture- led growth
Enhancing farmers’ productivity and market access through technology
Partnership and investment opportunities


Chuma Ezedinma, Head of Agribusiness, UNIDO
Osamu Hashiramoto, Director, International Cooperation Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan
Venkataramani Srivathsan, Managing Director, Olam Africa
Yemi Akinbamijo, Director, FARA


Susumu Tsubaki, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Africa Investment and Consulting

17.00 – 17.10 Keynote Address: Made in Africa

Arkebe Oqubay, Minister and Special Advisor to the Ethiopian Prime Minister

17.10 – 18.10 Doing Business in Africa


Marcus Courage, CEO, Africa Practice
Mamo Esmelealem Mihretu, Program Manager Trade and Competitiveness, World Bank Group
Tadesse Lencho, Head of Corporate and Tax Practice, DLA Piper Africa
E Paulo Gomes, Chairman, Africa South East China Chamber of Commerce

Day 3

09.00 – 10.15 Investing in Healthcare: Prospects, Policies and Challenges

Innovative solutions to accelerate access to quality healthcare
Role of technology in improving the healthcare provisions in Africa
How to attract investment in the Healthcare and pharma sector?
Developing Africa’s capacity in medical manufacturing


Dr. Seif Seleman Rashid, Minister of Health, Tanzania
Allan Pamba, VP Pharmaceuticals East Africa and Government Affairs Africa, GSK
Andrew Wilson, Vice President, Abbott Fund, Tanzania
Lekh Raj Juneja, Executive Vice President and Chief Health Officer, Rohto Pharmaceutical


Khama Rogo, Lead Health Specialist Africa, IFC

10.15 – 11.15 Africa -Japan Collaboration: Improving Industrial Policy and Enhancing Factory Efficiency

Kenichi Ohno, Professor of Economics, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

11.15- 11.45 Coffee Break

11.45 – 12.30 Breakout Session 6

Commodities based Industrialization

How can we maximize revenue and local content?
How can we use the comparative advantage of Japan to industrialize Africa?
Japanese ethical investment and capacity building: What are the opportunities?


Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana*
Helen Hai, Goodwill Ambassador of UNIDO*
Hailu Tessema, Founder Mama Fresh
Thomas Pelletier, Managing Director, CFAO Automotive Equipment & Services*
Roberts U. Orya, Managing Director, Nigerian Export-Import Bank*


Adeyemi Dipeolu, Director-Capacity Building, UNECA*

Breakout Session 7:

Investment Roundtable: Djibouti

Djibouti: Africa’s trade gateway

E Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh, Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning, Djibouti
Aboubaker Omar Hadi, Chairman, Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority

12.30 – 12.45 Concluding Remarks

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.00 Site Visits

*The Programme including timing and speakers may be subject to change