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Cape Town to host 6th Africa Economic Forum, 2012

Global Pacific & Partners on Monday announced that the sixth Africa Economic Forum would take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5-7 March, 2012.

Dr. Duncan Clarke, Chairman & CEO, Global Pacific & Partners, says: “Our focus is on Shaping Africa’s Future, as Africa holds great commercial promise, its destiny to be unlocked by local and foreign investment, enhanced trade and development partnerships, along with competitive business strategies across its landscapes”.

Saying that “Africa is not poor, but poorly managed and needs more growth and investment”, Dr. Clarke continues: “The Forum will address leading-edge shifts in Africa’s evolving economies, critical investment and business concerns, and the Continent’s emerging role and strategic position within a highly competitive and rapidly globalising world”.

The Economic Forum will bring together Africa’s leading industries, companies, state players, senior executives and government officials to interface in a content-rich meeting, including players from countries outside Africa, and so connect fast-growth core industries inside and outside Africa’s economies.

On the sidelines, it will hold the 13th Southern Africa Oil, Gas & Energy Conference, as three intensive break-away sessions. These will focus on oil/gas exploration/development both offshore and onshore, shale gas/oil resources, power projects, renewable energy and energy efficiency, downstream oil markets and Southern Africa’s future fuels mix.

The Forum will feature Keynote Ministerial Addresses from Dr. Rob Davies, the South African Minister of Trade & Industry, and Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, the Minister of Energy.

It will feature more than 40 senior-level presentations from across industry and the Continent, including presenters from Comesa, Brenthurst Foundation, GE Corporate, Ecobank, DHL Global Forwarding, Agricultural Buisness Chamber, Dupont, Industrial Development Corporation, Gordan Institute of Business Science, Petroleum Agency SA, PetroSA, Shell, Engen, Galana Petroleum, Forest Exploration SA and many others.

The high-level gathering will discuss Africa’s Economic Future over an intensive three-day programme (including the 5th Sub-Saharan Africa: Strategy Briefing) based on the following issues and agenda:

•          Corporate Strategies & Investments,

•          Economic Growth: Business & Governments

•          Africa’s Changing Economic World To 2050

•          Giant Economies & Newly-Emerging “Next Five”

•          Investments & Financing Africa’s Industries

•          Economic Drivers & Future Growth Locomotives

•          Natural Resources, Africa’s Trade & Corporate Projects

•          Development Challenges & Future Economic Shape

•          Africa’s Fast-Growth Economies & Emerging Markets

•          Resources, Industries & Business Drivers

•          Corporate Africa: Portfolio & Investment Strategies

•          African Governments & State Owned Firms

•          Great Powers, Emerging Foreign State Players

Global Pacific & Partners has had more than 35 years of experience in African advisory practice and 20 years-plus in high-level event management, with a special focus on the world oil and gas industries.

The company has hosted key oil and gas events, including Strategy Briefings, around Africa (Cape Town, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Lagos, Marrakech, Tunis) and in Asia, Latin America and Europe


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