1

 

igd-frontier-forum-spring-2017-email-invite2

 

African and global business leaders gathered for the Initiative for Global Development’s Spring Frontier 100 Forum on May 5-6, 2017, in Durban, South Africa. The forum was held at the Southern Sun Elangeni – Maharani Hotel, Tugela Room, 63 Snell Parade, Durban, 4001, South Africa.

Under the theme, “Driving Sustainable Economies: Private Sector Action to Spur Job Creation and Innovation for Inclusive Growth in Africa”, the forum focused on the role of the private sector in driving solutions and innovation to accelerate sustainable employment to absorb millions of African youth entering the workforce and advance the continent’s growth sectors for inclusive growth.

The Frontier 100 Forum followed the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, which ended on May 5.

The Frontier 100 Forum is an exclusive, invitation-only event that brings together CEOs and senior executives from IGD’s Frontier Leader network to offer insight, collaborate, and advance initiatives in key sectors of Africa. The Frontier 100 Forum is an integral part of IGD’s mission to leverage business solutions for inclusive growth.

IGD hosted a special breakfast session with officials from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), African government and private sector leaders for a discussion on how the MCC uses its annual policy performance scorecards to assess countries for possible eligibility for compact or threshold investments, and how the private sector can use the scorecard to inform investment decisions in Africa.

 

>>Read the post-forum press release

>> Find out who attended the forum.
>>Check out photo highlights from the forum
>>Listen to the first “Making Farming Cool! podcast
>> Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Hashtag: #Frontier100


FORUM AGENDA

 

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

Tugela Room – Southern Sun, Maharani Hotel 63 Snell Parade Road

 

SPECIAL BREAKFAST SESSION: “Driving Progress: The Millennium Challenge Corporation Scorecard, Policy Reform, and Private Investment in Africa”

7:30AM                        Breakfast & Registration

 

8:30AM                        Welcome
Dr. Mima S. Nedelcovych, President & CEO | Initiative for Global Development

8:40AM                            MCC Presentation

The MCC team will outline the agency’s model and approach to development, and give a presentation on the MCC’s country selection process which determines whether a country is eligible for assistance. The presenters will also provide information on how to understand the MCC scorecard and the performance indicators.

  • Kyeh Kim, Acting Vice President, Department of Compact Operations | Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Chris Maloney, Managing Director, Selection, Eligibility, and Policy Performance | Millennium Challenge Corporation

 

9:00AM                Rapid Fire Presentations

In a series of rapid fire presentations, African officials from two MCC-eligible countries as well as U.S. and African private sector leaders will demonstrate firsthand how each country addressed specific MCC scorecard indicators, showcase steps for using the scorecard to inform policy and institutional reform, and highlight private sector engagement for investment opportunities and to deliver compact results.

  • Moderator, Carol Pineau, Anchor | Africa Today TV
  • Ndeye Koroma, CEO | Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit (MCCU), Sierra Leone
  • Justin DeAngelis, Managing Director | Denham Capital Management
  • Jay Ireland, President & CEO | GE Africa
  • Guy M’Bengue, Board Member | CGECI & Chairman | International Committee
  • Gerard Amoi Amangoua, Deputy Director General | APEX-CI

 

9:40AM            Coffee Break

9:50AM            Moderated Q & A

In a moderated discussion, participants will have an opportunity to ask specific questions on country selection, eligibility, and achieving policy indicators on the MCC scorecard to MCC officials and MCC-eligible country teams.

10:25AM          Wrap-Up and Next Steps

10:30AM          Session Close

(Please note to attend this event requires a separate registration. To learn more and to register, click here.)

 

 

OPENING OF SPRING FRONTIER 100 FORUM

2:30 – 3:30PM  Registration

 

3:30PM  Welcome
Dr. Mima S. Nedelcovych, President & CEO | Initiative for Global Development
Host Remarks, Gavin Dalgleish, Group Managing Director | Illovo Sugar Limited

 

4:00PM  Keynote Address

Pierre Guislain, Vice President, Private Sector, Infrastructure, and Industrialization | African Development Bank
Progress on High 5s: Advancing Africa’s Transformative Agenda for Jobs Growth”

 

4:20PM  PANEL SESSION: Unlocking the Door for Agribusiness Job Growth and
Entrepreneurship through Investment in Post Harvest Loss Reduction
Transforming Africa’s agricultural industries into a business will require the use of human capital and new ways of investing in African agribusiness.  Business investments in skills training and exposure to agricultural innovation can drive interest in the innovation and entrepreneurship critical for tackling large challenges like post-harvest loss. This session will share the value proposition and business case of the private sector engaging in food loss reduction and the opportunities that creates in youth employment, entrepreneurship and creation of inclusive growth across processing, technology and ICT, transport and logistics sectors.

  • Moderator, Carol Pineau, Anchor | Africa Today TV
  • Gavin Dalgleish, Group Managing Director | Illovo Sugar Limited
  • Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director, Africa | Rockefeller Foundation
  • Ken Bugul Johm, Coordinator, Special Initiatives & Lead Agricultural Economist | African Development Bank
  • Mary Jane Potter, Chief Investment Officer | Innovare

 

6:00PM    “Making Farming Cool” Reception SkyBarMaharani Tower
Remarks

  • Georges Collinet, Host | Afropop Worldwide
  • Ken Bugul Johm, Coordinator, Special Initiatives & Lead Agricultural Economist | African Development Bank

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017

Tugela Room – Southern Sun, Maharani Hotel 63 Snell Parade Road

 

8:00AM  Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00AM  Opening Remarks
                   Dr. Mima S. Nedelcovych, President & CEO | Initiative for Global Development


9:10AM  Keynote Address

Rene Awambeng, Director, Client Relations | African Export-Import Bank

“Driving Sustainable Economies: Private Sector Action to Spur  Job Creation and Innovation for Inclusive Growth in Africa”

        

9:30AM  PANEL SESSION 1: Igniting Innovations in Skills Development for Job Creation

By 2050, 400 million people under the age of 25 will need sustainable employment. The session will focus on the role of the private sector in driving solutions and innovation to accelerate sustainable employment to absorb millions of African youth entering the workforce and advance the continent’s growth sectors for inclusive growth.

  • Moderator, Carol Pineau, Anchor | Africa Today TV
  • Jennifer Blanke, Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development | African Development Bank
  • Matt Essieh, President & CEO | EAI Information Systems
  • Nicola Galombik, Executive Director | Yellowwoods Ventures Investments
  • Rajeev Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO | mElimu
  • Kyeh Kim, Acting Vice President, Department of Compact Operations | Millennium Challenge Corporation

 

10:45AM          Coffee Break

 

11:15AM PANEL SESSION 2: Delivering Jobs through Regional Growth

Regional integration within Africa is critical to advancing growth and creating new opportunities for job creation. This session will feature a panel of business leaders and high-level government officials who will offer strategies to deepen regional integration in key growth sectors, produce robust jobs to tackle unemployment, and strengthen local economies.

Host Remarks: Emad Bibawi, New York Advisory Office Leader & US/Africa Corridor Leader | KPMG

  • Moderator, Nhlamu Dlomu, Executive Director, Head of People and Change | KPMG
  • Emad Bibawi, New York Advisory Office Leader & US/Africa Corridor Leader | KPMG
  • Sola David-Borha, Chief Executive, Africa Regions | Standard Bank Group
  • Kunle Elebute, CEO, West Africa | KPMG
  • Landry Signé, Distinguished Fellow | Stanford University’s Center for African Studies & Founding Chairman | Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity
  • Larry Riddle, Director, Group Corporate and External Affairs | Illovo Sugar Limited

 

12:30PM  Networking Luncheon                       

Sponsored by the FairPlay Movement, Panini Restaurant – Maharani Tower

1:30PM Remarks, Scott Pittman, Managing Director | RCL Foods
The luncheon remarks will highlight how illegal dumping has impacted employment in the South Africa poultry industry and proactive solutions to counter the practice and promote trade competitiveness.

 

2:15PM   PANEL SESSION 3: Fostering Innovation and Job Creation through Digital

Transformation in Africa

Some 500 million people are projected to have access to the Internet in Africa by 2020.  This session will highlight some of the innovative efforts to provide young Africans with the right skills required to be employed in today’s digital jobs and spur entrepreneurship in the tech sector.

  • Moderator, Yinka Adegoke, Editor, Africa | Quartz Africa
  • Jonathan Berman, CEO | J.E. Berman Associates
  • Van Jones, Co-Founder & Head of Marketing | Hello Tractor
  • Robin A. Miller, Partner & Global Technology Practice Leader | Dalberg
  • Lutz Ziob, Dean, 4Afrika Skills Academy | Microsoft4Afrika Initiative

 

3:30PM  Coffee Break

3:45PM  PANEL SESSION 4: Powering Industrialization to Drive Job Growth

Between 10 to 15 million young people are entering the labor market across Africa every  year. This session will feature a panel of experts who will put forth strategies and best practices on how Africa’s private sector and governments can work towards bolstering the capacity for rapid industrialization to provide decent jobs and to strengthen the value chain for sustainable and inclusive growth. The session will also address tackling Africa’s energy deficit for industrialization development.

  • Moderator, Hubert Danso, CEO & Vice-Chairman | Africa Investor
  • Hippolyte Fofack, Chief Economist & Director of Research and International Cooperation | African Export-Import Bank
  • Pierre Guislain, Vice President, Private Sector, Infrastructure, and Industrialization | African Development Bank
  • Abdu Mukhtar, Group Chief Strategy Officer | Dangote Group
  • Marjorie Cota, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer | International Green Structures (IGS)

5:00PM   Closing Remarks & IGD Moving Forward

5:30PM  Africa Investment Rising Celebration Reception

 Join us at the Ocean Breeze Restaurant in Elangeni Tower for a “Taste of Africa” Celebration!

 

 

 

COLLABORATING PARTNERS 

 

PLATINUM SPONSORS

 

GOLD SPONSORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

SILVER SPONSORS

 

EAI Information Systems

 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERS

 

 Media Partners

Africa Investor | The Africa Report |Africa.com | African Business Central | AllAfrica.com | Asoko Insight | Afrimag Magazine | Applause Africa | Pan-African Visions | AfroPop Worldwide